Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The Green Stone Woman And Chocolate Gravy With Biscuits
Nora at The Green Stone Woman has posed a really difficult guestion. Nora asked, "What's your all time favorite meal, including dessert?"
Nora is an artist, an author, and an animal lover.
In honor of her two dogs, Jesker and Tyke, I have posted a picture of Seymour since he is the same type dog.
My favorite all time meal is kinda a dessert. Mom used to make this on Sunday mornings or as a treat. I always made it when the girls had company over. This is a dish they always asked to have. This a meal I am making as soon as I finish this post.
I have to tell you how Mom made biscuits. She had a special bowl she would fill with flour. With her hands, she would make a bowl within this flour, pour in her milk, shortening and mix by pulling flour into the liquid at just the right amount. Working it all by hand, usually just one hand, because she was always busy with the other. These hand shaped buscuits, all perfectly the same size, large, would go onto a greased pan into the oven. Now she had about twenty minutes to make my favorite meal...chocolate gravy!!!
I know this does not sound good but ignore the gravy part a minute and think chocolate, warm creamy, rich pudding sauce, just the right consistancy to ladle over a warm biscuit covered in fresh butter. The gravy has to be hot, fresh off the stove to melt the butter.
Always made in an iron skillet, Mom would pour in the milk. While this was heating, you mix cocoa and sugar with enough flour to thicken the gravy in another bowl. As the milk warms, slowly stir in your mixture. You can add butter if you want. Just when it gets to the right thickness, remove from heat and add vanilla.
By this time, the biscuits are done. Come and get it! There is nothing like a large warm buttered biscuit, covered chocolate gravy and a large glass of cooled fresh cow's milk. A meal fit for royalty.
Chocolate gravy is a southern tradition. It has been handed down from generations past. It is usually served as a breakfast dish.
I am headed to the kitchen. Guess what my family is having for breakfast?! Thank you, Nora, for reminding me to cook this.