Good Gravy! – Gravy Recipes and UK Gravy Wrestling Championships

 Biscuits and gravy, with a side order of home fries.
Biscuits and gravy, with a side order of home fries. | Source

A Cover Up of More Than One Kind

I have read in various historical accounts, including FoodTimeLine.org, that someone in ancient Rome invented a particular gravy to cover up cooking mistakes like dry, overcooked, or bad-tasting food, including vegetables.

Perhaps some of the bad taste was spoilage from a lack of refrigeration or pickling processes in use [see How To Pickle Meat?]. At any rate, it is difficult to envision Roman emperors lying on their chaise lounges at dinner, eating gravies and spoiled vegetables with their hands.

Supposedly, deviled eggs got their start in Rome as well. That one, I like.

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Cury, Cookery, Currying Favor

Some sources state that the word gravy comes form the French, who are famous for their rich sauces. Gravy is also referred to as "sauce" or "sop" and the latter would eb a good description of aux juis into which some dip bneef sandwiahce. Well, too messy for me.

It seems true, however, that the UK is big on gravies as well.

Culinary Detectives have found one of the earliest uses of the term "gravy" in a 1390 tome called The Forme of Cury. This is an English cookbook and I cannot tell exactly what the title means, but ancient footnootes indicate cury is cookery. Perhaps this is what is meant by currying favor - cooking it up? However, it is all reportedly a compilation done by master chefs that served King Richard II.

For a complete index see here:The Ancient Cookbook.

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Industrious Gravy and a Story

One day, Hubber B.T. Evilpants began industriously chattering away about waterfalls of sausage gravy and biscuits and having a log ride under it at an entertainment venue called World of Gravy.

His thoughts are very focused on success, having avoided the scourge of the infamous and addictive butter tart. I must only whisper that commodity here, for one cannot say it too loudly and thus spur a jackalope journey on a quest for the Windsor Bridge and Canadian pastries.

I find that the sausage gravy in question was originally called Lumber Jack gravy or Sawmill gravy, being the daily feast of the US and Canadian lumberjacks of old in the north, especially the Pacific Northwest.

I have tried many versions of this gravy in restaurants from the the grocer's meat case, but to no avail. However, a friend furnished the following recipe and it it very good. In fact, it would make a fine waterfall for those that love sausage and gravy - Sawmill and lumberhacks (I'm sorry - lumberjacks - but, a typo is how we often acquire new words in language...) not withstanding. Come to think of it, there are videos of BT Evilpants in some sort of lumbering disguise around Hub Pages.....

Gravy Boat , originally of Commodore Jarvis and used on the USF Constitution/ USS Constitution.
Gravy Boat , originally of Commodore Jarvis and used on the USF Constitution/ USS Constitution. | Source

Pacific Northwest Sawmill Gravy

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Heaping Tablespoons of Flour or White Cornmeal
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cacon drippings
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 1/4 Cups Milk or Cream
  • Rresh ground Pepper to taste
  • For a variation, use ground red pepper insted of black pepper.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a frying pan, place the flour or cornmeal, bacon drippings, and salt.
  • Over medium high heat, stir ingreients browned.
  • Add milk or cream SLOWLY, stirring firmly all the while.
  • Raise the heat a bit to boil the gravy until it thickens.
  • Stir the gravy strongly to keep it from popping in large bubbles upward like a volcano.
  • Add the pepper at the end and serve over crumbled sausage and biscuits.

Southern Style Chocolate Gravy

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 Cup sugar or honey
  • 1/4 Cup flour
  • 2 Cups milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium sized pot over medium heat, place all of the dry ingredients.
  • Stir dry ingredients until mixed and the all lumps disappear.
  • Pour in the milk slowly and gradually.
  • Raise the heat up to medium-high and bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer just 1 minute and stir in the vanilla.
  • Remove pot from the heat.
  • Enjoy over breakfast foods such as pancakes and waffles, muffins, warm cereals, etc. Some people like it over meat.

SW Native Sunflower Gravy

This is a really good one, if you like sunflower seeds.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped bacon
  • 6 Tbsp Fine-ground sunflower meal (use sunflower seeds and food processor)
  • 1 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 Cups Spring Water
  • 1 teaspoon
  • 3 Tbsp onion, chopped fine

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Fry bacon and onion together until the onion looks translucent. Do not burn.
  • Add your sunflower flour, cornstarch, and salt.
  • Cook for a minute, stirring constantly.
  • Slowly pour in the spring water, a bit at a time, still stirring.
  • Lower heat and cook until gravy is thick.
  • Re-season if needed and add more water if too thick.
  • Use as a gravy or sauce many dishes.

Food Fights!

The World Gravy Wrestling Championships were insitituted in the UK in 2007, as shown in the photo above.

There is much talk on the Internet about the August 2008 Championships, with one martial arts studio pledging to send a larger delegation of participants. Each year's event has brought out more participants and a greater variety of themed costumes (see the video below).

We await the videos for many more World Gravy Wrestling Championships.

Superheroes and Gravy

Gravy for Omelets, Egg Foo Yung, and Chicken

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup any Meat or Vegetable Stock
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Corn Starch, dissolved completely in 1/4 Cup Spring Water
  • A bottle of Soy Sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a small pan, heat the stock over medium high heat.
  • Add salt and soy sauce to taste and stir until medium to darker brown.
  • Add corn starch the water and dissolve, then add to the stock, stirring vigorously.
  • Cook until gravy thickens and enjoy.

Poutine: french fries, cheese curds, and gravy.
Poutine: french fries, cheese curds, and gravy. | Source

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glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

Who knew gravy could be so fun? That poutine looks intense! :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

I think it is! - I dropped some cheese into gravy once by accident and it as pretty good. Then I learned about this dish. Our diners make it without the cheese and it's just not the same.


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B.T. Evilpants 8 years ago from Hell, MI

Great googaly moogaly, another gravy hub! Smothered and covered is always the way to go! I believe the ancient sauce you were referring to, was the predecessor to tartar sauce, which is another food group altogether. As for poutine, that covers the major food groups on which we Jackalopes subsist!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Heh, heh, I see a friend sent you by and you have discovered the opening venues of Gravy World (Beta). Well, I have enough recipes for a different one each day of a Leap Year. We will need a lot more land for the Amusement Park and Jackalope Sanctuary.

Tartar sauce must be reserved for the marine exhibits, I suppose...tartar sauce waterfalls, shrimp cocktail ride, the Lobster Run...


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

The crab walk could be interesting! Thank god for the Jackalope sanctuary! Maybe he can move out of my house, now!


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

Yes! A Crab Walk is just the thing we need for the park. Perhaps your Jackalope tenant can move to the guard shack on the park grounds. Or, there will be a lovely suite just off the nursery in the Jackalope Sancturary Multiplication Parlor. How is he at arising at midnight to diaper little lopes?


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rmr 8 years ago from Livonia, MI

Surely you jest! He's rarely up before noon! He's not very good with kids,either. Or other animals. They all seem to be afraid of him. I took him to the zoo last week, and it was a nightmare.


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Patty Inglish, MS 8 years ago from North America Author

ZOO STAMPEDE!

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