This simple and easy recipe for Tomato Gravy is delicious over biscuits for breakfast or brunch. A lot of people love it over rice or cornbread, too.
Featured comment: "This recipe gives me all the feels as it brings me back to my Grandmother making it when I would stay over at her house."
Homemade Tomato Gravy Over Biscuits
We thinks it's best over biscuits at breakfast or brunch, but it also makes a great "Breakfast for Dinner" dish. Lots of folks love it over rice or cornbread, and we're on board with that, too.
It's so easy, and uses plain ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, so you can make it often.
For some of you, this recipe will bring back sweet memories. The rest of you will wonder where tomato gravy and biscuits has been all your life.
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Ingredient and substitution notes
These are simple, downhome pantry ingredients.
- Canned Tomatoes - The ones that give us the texture we love are diced, but you can use crushed (it would just have less tomato pieces) or whole canned tomatoes that you cut up into small pieces.
- Flour - Plain all purpose flour.
- Chicken stock - Broth would be fine instead and beef stock or broth are good too.
- Salt - Plain table salt.
- Black pepper - We recommend freshly ground, but any coarse ground or even finely ground would work.
- Pan drippings from cooking bacon, sausage or ham - This is something you can't buy in a store, though a spoonful of Better than Bouillon (ham flavored) is a decent substitute. Read below for more details.
see recipe card below for quantities and measurements
The most important ingredient
You might think it's the tomatoes. Of course, you can't make it without them, but what really makes it "gravy" and not just thickened tomatoes are the pan drippings from your breakfast meat.
After you've cooked bacon, sausage or ham, use that pan for making your tomato gravy. Leave just a little of the rendered fat in the pan. Then you'll scrape the bottom as you make the gravy to incorporate all of that leftover goodness.
Some people say they can make a good tomato gravy with just the bacon grease left from previously cooking bacon. We have never tried it that way but can imagine that it's a pretty good version.
How to make tomato gravy
- Begin with the skillet where you've cooked your breakfast meat - bacon, ham or sausage are all good. Add the tomatoes and heat over medium heat, scraping the bottom of the skillet.
- Stir the flour into the stock and whisk until there are no lumps.
- Add the flour mixture to the hot tomatoes, whisking constantly.
- As it comes to a boil your gravy will thicken. Reduce heat to simmer.
- Add salt and pepper and simmer at least 5-10 minutes before serving.
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You can! It is traditionally made with canned tomatoes as a way to use up all of those jars that were "put up" in the summer. But, you can certainly use fresh ones if you like. You'll just need to cook them for a few minutes first.
You can use water if you don't have any stock or broth. Besides the tomatoes, the most essential ingredient for flavor is the pan drippings left behind after cooking ham, sausage or bacon. The stock adds additional flavor, but you can get by without it.
You could say that. It became popular during the depression when tomatoes were plentiful but money was not. It was a way of getting the most out of something that people in the south commonly had on hand.
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Easy Tomato Gravy
- Heat tomatoes (in iron skillet where you've cooked breakfast meat) over medium heat, scraping the bottom of the pan.
- Stir flour into stock and whisk until there are no lumps.
- Stir flour/stock mixture into hot tomatoes, whisking as you stir.
- Bring to a boil and stir until thickened.
- Reduce heat to simmer.
- Stir in salt and pepper.
- Simmer for at least 5-10 minutes.
- Tomato Gravy is best served over 3 Ingredient Biscuits.
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