Gut Rumbles

August 26, 2004

biscuits and gravy

I read this post and my mouth started to water. Biscuits and gravy were a staple for breakfast where I ate during my youth, be it Grandma's house or mama's, until I flew the coop and went off to college. Got-dam if I don't miss that sometimes.

These biscuits didn't come out of a can. They were home-made and hand-patted and you can't BUY anything like that in a store or a restaurant. They smelled wonderful in the oven. The gravy was brown, almost the color of a pecan out of the shell, and it was made in a cast-iron skillet using the grease from the sausage and bacon cooked in there right ahead of the gravy.

Tiny bits of bacon and sausage swam in that gravy and it was delicious. I used to get two or three over-easy eggs, a couple of biscuits, some bacon and sausage and make a giant chopped-up pile of goop on my plate; then, I'd slather gravy all over the top and eat like a hog. I always saved one biscuit for sopping my plate.

Dessert was biscuits with honey and real butter. If you've never tasted that exqusite dish, you need to be dragged off and shot.

My grandma doesn't make biscuits anymore. She's 93 years old and that's just too much effort for her today. But my mama still does on special occasions, and I never miss a chance to eat them. She got her recipe from my grandmother and it's a good one.

Biscuits and gravy. I took that food for granted back then, but I don't anymore. It's special.


Believe it or not, a northern yankee Bear can make biscuits and gravy good enough for a southern rebel Bear !!

Posted by: MommaBear on August 26, 2004 01:40 PM

I'm not a fan of biscuits and gravy, not because I dislike the taste, I like the taste. But what it does to my guts afterwards isn't worth it. That said, homemade biscuits with honey and butter is almost ambrosia.

Posted by: Mythilt on August 26, 2004 01:47 PM

I remember those biscuits. My Mamaw used to make them. She is dead now and I didn't know enough to get the recipe back then but I would give anything to have it now!
Will you post your Mama's recipe?

Posted by: amy on August 26, 2004 01:54 PM

Damn, now I will have to fix eggs, grits, biscuits, sausage and shrimp for supper. This damn food talk screws up my half assed planned menu everytime. Thanks Rob.

Posted by: James Old Guy on August 26, 2004 01:57 PM

I always preferred the white country gravy with chunks of sausage. That might be the Texan in me. But the last few years I've had to put up with the army's rock biscuits and gravy with last nights hamburgers ground up in it. Just nasty!

Posted by: matterson on August 26, 2004 03:22 PM

I was never talented enough a cook to master good biscuits. They always turn out leaden with no lightness to them at all. I've been told it's because I over-handle the dough. Hmm... I do have a tendency to kneed too long, that may be it.

But sausage gravy? I've got that down. And if the gravy's too white, it's not as good as it could be. You have to loosen up all of those drippings in the bottom to flavor it up and give the gravy a little color. Pair that up with some sliced fried potatoes with onions in them and some (barely) passable biscuits and a big mug of strong coffee, and it's a Happy Happy breakfast.

Posted by: Mamamontezz on August 26, 2004 07:08 PM

Damn you, Acidman! Damn you to Hell! You just reminded me of the ONE and ONLY thing I ever liked about my ex- mother in law. She came from the eastern hills of Tennessee and made biscuits and gravy like you never tasted.

You bastard!

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip on August 26, 2004 08:23 PM

I was raised on porridge. I hate porridge. I hate it even more now that I've read about your breakfast. Another good reason to have left the 'old country'.

Now if I can just find some of that genuine sausage gravy and biscuits. I know it's gotta be better than that restaurant stuff I've tried.

Must be time to head for the hills.

Posted by: StinKerr on August 27, 2004 12:55 AM

That's biscuits and thickening gravy, for the enlightenment of the post-warriors.

Posted by: Brett on August 27, 2004 09:14 AM

My mom (we lived in Ohio) made Biscuits and Gravy, but the gravy was made with Chipped in Creamed Chipped Beef...I've since learned to love all forms of Breakfast Gravy and biscuits-but I really love it if
I can also soak the Home fries in it.........Nowwww there is a Topic-Home Fries!!!!

Posted by: J R Pietrzak on August 29, 2004 05:02 PM

Aside from other office-inflicted insanities that just struck me, all of a sudden I wanted biscuits and grave...and instead of running to Lue's, your blog has inspired me to make my own. Tonight shall be... THE BISCUITS AND GRAVY NIGHT! (just like mama made them)

Posted by: Meri on October 11, 2004 07:51 PM
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