Thursday, October 1, 2009
Bacon Gravy: naughty southern goodness
Most people have noticed by now that bacon has gotten trendy. I see bacon in everything: cupcakes, ice cream, coffee...it's crazy! However, this recipe is anything but trendy. This is a southern tradition. If you order biscuits and gravy at a restaurant, you will most likely get a sausage gravy. Although I like it, there's no comparison to that bacon flavor, saturating your buttery biscuit! (That's right, forget that diet for today! )
I've always been happy with the bisquick biscuit mix, but there are unlimited choices for how to make your own from-scratch biscuits. This is really very simple, if you've never made a gravy before. Only 4 ingredients. Also, use your salt liberally, because there are few things more disappointing than a floury, watery gravy.
You won't be finding this in any hoity toity restaurant anytime soon, but for now you can enjoy an unpretentious, soulful southern treat.
Ingredients: (makes 2 ample servings!)
-10 strips bacon
-1/2 cup flour
-1 1/4 cup milk
-salt and pepper to taste.
1. Heat pan to medium high heat, and let bacon cook for 8-10 minutes, making sure each strip gets crispy.
2. Remove bacon from pan, reduce pan with grease heat to low. Place bacon on a paper towel, to soak up extra grease.
3. Once grease has cooled 2-3 minutes, add in flour to create a roux. The finished product should have a pasty texture.
4. Slowly add in milk, until the milk and roux is well incorporated. Add in salt and pepper to taste.
5. Coarsely cut the darker portion of 5 strips of bacon, and add in the gravy.
6. Generously add to biscuits and enjoy!