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Best Southern Chocolate Gravy Recipe for Breakfast- Kids Cook Monday
Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits
Have You Ever Heard of Chocolate Gravy?
I have memories as a kid of waking up to the smell of crackling bacon and homemade biscuits, starting my mouth watering, but that was only the beginning. Stumbling to the kitchen, wiping the sleepies from my eyes, I would scan the stove burners past the bacon, the eggs, until I saw it. Yep. There is was...chocolate gravy!
If you grew up in the South, chances are that you have heard of--and most likely love--chocolate gravy. I grew up on it. Nearly every Saturday, my three brothers and I would look forward to Mom's chocolate gravy and perfectly flaky biscuits. We would often have the works-- with eggs, plus bacon or sausage on the side. Yummy. White gravy is good with it, too, right next to it, perhaps taking a bite of both types of gravy together. You wouldn't believe how good it is until you try it. Wow.
Kids Love Chocolate Gravy...and So Do Adults!
A lot of people haven't heard of chocolate gravy and liken it to having pudding over biscuits, but it's not like that at all. Why would a person want pudding for breakfast? I sure don't. But I do want chocolate gravy. Chocolate gravy is wonderful. Chocolate gravy is amazing. Chocolate gravy is a morning miracle. Do I have you convinced yet? Then just ask anybody who has had it.
Are you tired of the same ole breakfast foods? Bacon and eggs? Biscuits and gravy? Waffles or pancakes? Or perhaps oatmeal or cold cereal on some mornings? Then try chocolate gravy. Do you have Saturday brunches with the spouse and kids or with Aunt Hester or your girlfriends? Instead of serving the same ole thing or getting dressed and spending your morning with strangers at the Waffle House, surprise your guests and delight your children with chocolate gravy.
Even if you've tried chocolate gravy before and weren't too crazy about it, perhaps it wasn't made right. If it's too sweet or too thick, it does tend to taste more like pudding, which is not how it should taste. The combination of ingredients is key. Another secret is adding the butter and vanilla at the end after the gravy is cooked. The vanilla is a secret ingredient that adds that final unique flavor to chocolate gravy. Follow this recipe. See what you think.
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Ingredients for Chocolate Gravy
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 t. salt
1/3 cup cold milk
1 2/3 cups hot milk
1 t. vanilla extract
2-3 Tbs butter
Mix dry ingredients in the pan you're going to use to cook the chocolate gravy. Stir in 1/3 c. cold milk and mix it all up. Then stir in rest of hot milk ( I heat up the milk in the microwave). Cook slowly over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. You may have to bump up the heat a bit if gravy is not thickening very well. When chocolate gravy reaches a gravy-like consistence, remove from heat. This is when you will add the vanilla extract and butter.
Pour chocolate gravy over torn-up biscuits. We've had it on toast before, too, but I prefer biscuits, even if they are canned biscuits. If only I could perfect my mom's biscuits. But that's another story.
Now, are you ready to dive into a little bit of Heaven?
Get the Kids Involved!
Try mixing up a batch of chocolate gravy for your family and see their reactions. I can almost guarantee you that it's a great way to get the kids out of bed... and even involved in helping to get this fabulous breakfast--or brunch, as the case may be--together.
One of the kids can do the continual stirring that chocolate gravy requires, while others can turn the bacon or keep an eye on the eggs. Trust me, they will all be willing to help as they wait to heap on their plates a scrumptious breakfast complete with their favorite chocolate gravy.