I saw this video on Time With Shelby's site and it made me laugh so hard. I grew up like Shelby in the Mid South and the people who live in this part of the country are hard working make do with what you have type people. I have found memories of eating chocolate gravy over biscuits made by my granny in a cast iron skillet.
My granny more that any other member of my family shaped who I am.She was known county wide for her cooking and had worked for a county home (sort of like a group home and nursing home combined)and a cafe. She could make the best corn bread,fried chicken and fried potatoes .She expressed her love for us through her food.It seems to me that sometimes now days that you have to have top of the line appliances for the kitchen and the best knives and dutch ovens that cost hundreds of dollars but the best food I have ever eaten came from Lodge Cast Iron and my granny.In the years that I have been adult and moved to different places wherever we have lived my lodge cast iron has gone with me and when I lift that big iron skillet,dutch oven or griddle I think of all the strong women in my family and of the way they expressed love to us through food. That simple black skillet or pot brings back the best memories of my life.
Photo and recipe that follows courtesy of The Bitten Word
Granny Ragland's Chocolate Gravy
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Mix dry ingredients well. Slowly add milk until mixture is smooth. Cook very slowly over low heat, stirring frequently. When it gets thick enough, remove from stove. Add vanilla and butter.
Enjoy over biscuits.
2 cups all purpose flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter or shortening
3/4 cup of milk
Preheat oven to (425 F) Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Cut in butter until it is smaller than pea size. Add milk and stir swiftly. If rolling out and cutting, coat dough lightly with flour and turn onto a floured surface. Work quickly to avoid tough biscuits. Otherwise, form to the desired size by hand.
Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake 10-15 minutes (depending on the size of your biscuits) until golden.
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