Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tasty Tuesday

                I'm not much of a gravy girl anymore, my tummy is too tender for the fats used in making gravy, so I don't eat it, much. But my hubby loves gravy so I thought if I could find or come up with a better for him gravy without letting him know it's not loaded with fat, might be a good thing. On the menu tonight is chicken fried steak with tomato gravy. Now, I've never heard of tomato gravy but seen it in a magazine and it looks pretty tasty, so I hopped online and googled it and I was surprised to see all the old time recipes for this. It seems to go way back and mostly southern, so it has to be good. Right? We will see. So, I thought I'd share the recipe I'm trying out this evening plus I'm including the one and only gravy that my tummy can handle but my hips don't like,  and it is a hit with kids, a real treat for breakfast too! Read on.

Tomato Gravy

1 clove garlic
1 onion
1 can diced tomato's with juice
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Beef broth or  tomato juice, as needed
1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
Melt butter in skillet, saute garlic and onions till done. Add diced tomato's and enough beef broth to equal 2 1/2 cups to butter and blend.  Stir in flour and mix till well blended, stirring till thick, about 5 min. Add spices and heat through and well. Serve over meat of choice, biscuits, mashed potatoes or rice.

      Sounds easy enough and made with no fats or drippings, and I can see where this will save many meals! Now, onto the good stuff and another southern favorite and I know why!

Chocolate Gravy

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups
  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add cocoa and flour; stir until a thick paste is formed. Stir in sugar and milk. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick.

    This gravy on the other hand, is bad for you, darn that butter,  but we all need a treat now and then. Served over homemade  biscuits fresh from the oven, who needs donuts! Just so you know, I do bake alot, but I don't eat alot of it, thank goodness! I bake for the joy it brings to me and those who keep eating it all!


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