This simple and easy Southern style Tomato Gravy is delicious over biscuits for breakfast or brunch. A lot of people love it over rice or cornbread, too.
Tomato Gravy Over Biscuits
This simple and easy old-style Tomato Gravy is best over biscuits at breakfast or brunch, but would make a great “Breakfast for Dinner” dish, too. For some of you, it will take you back to your roots.
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The rest of you will wonder where Tomato Gravy and biscuits has been all your life. Another way we love it is over Toasted Cornbread. Never heard of that? Click over here for an easy recipe.
Many people eat Tomato Gravy over rice, and that’s yummy too, and more of a lunch or dinner dish. It’s so easy, and uses plain ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry, so make it often.
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An iron skillet is ideal for making gravy
Now I make my Tomato Gravy in an iron skillet. If you don’t have one, you can make a perfectly good gravy in any skillet. But, seriously, if you don’t have an iron skillet, why not? You can order one here.
Tomato Gravy is so versatile
I make many of my recipes super versatile and this tomato gravy recipe is no exception. I called for diced tomatoes, but if you have crushed instead that would be fine. If you have whole, canned tomatoes you can cut them up or throw them in a blender very briefly.
Likewise, I used chicken stock, but beef would be good too. Or use broth instead of stock if that’s what you have. If you don’t have either, just use water. It won’t be quite as rich, but it will still be delicious.
The most important ingredient
The last, and a key ingredient, is pan drippings from your breakfast meat. After you’ve cooked bacon, sausage or ham, use that pan for making your tomato gravy. You’ll scrape the bottom as you make the gravy to incorporate all of that leftover goodness.
My favorite is a local sausage from my family’s area in north Florida — Driggers Sausage. Have you read about our annual Cane Grinding in that area? There’s always plenty of Driggers Sausage. A good substitute if you absolutely have no pan drippings is this Ham Base.
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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You’ll want to be sure and check out our recipe for Southern Fried Chicken. We even had it cut up with a pulley (wish) bone.
I hope you enjoyed this little trip down memory lane. For some other old style southern favorites, check these out.