Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk,  a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

I can not begin to tell you how delightful Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon really is without thinking back to the look that would come across my beautiful mama’s face when she would talk about how when she first had Chocolate gravy over her mama’s house in Tennessee, she felt like heaven and earth moved that day.

One of the MOST iconic recipes to date from the South, Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.I know some of y’all are asking, “What exactly is Chocolate Gravy?”,  it’s pure chocolate heaven that we Southerners serve over our homemade buttermilk biscuits made of simple staple ingredients you probably already have sitting right in your cupboard and refrigerator now. It’s not a fudge sauce nor a chocolate sauce, it’s somewhere between, yet has a smoky flavor and is made from a special  cocoa and flour-based roux cooked to perfection in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.Southern Chocolate Gravy with BaconThe Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America theorizes that Chocolate Gravy may have been a product of the folks from Spanish Louisiana and the Tennessee Valley trading  or possibly passed down from one of the Spanish colonies on the East Coast in the 16th and 17th centuries by the ethnic group known as the Melungeons. One of the MOST iconic recipes to date from the South, Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge. I truly believe Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon should be considered liquid crack, you have it one time and comply lose your mind over that smoky, chocolatey deliciousness, the next thing you know you’re at the Betty Ford Clinic for addiction to Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon, it’s just that darn good y’all. One of the MOST iconic recipes to date from the South, Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.Don’t forget to make a little extra to store for a few days or to send to a friend who has never had the sheer pleasure of experiencing one of the South’s finest gravies you’ll ever enjoy. They’ll be happy you did once they try it over some oven fresh hot biscuits. Store it in a cute little mason jar and don’t forget to make some hot oven-fresh biscuits to enjoy with the Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon.

One of the MOST iconic recipes to date from the South, Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon

  • 4 pieces of thick sliced bacon fried until crisp
  • 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings or butter
  • 3 tablespoons of a cup of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 of a cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/4 of a cup of unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/8 of a teaspoon of kosher salt
  • a pinch of cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of whole milk + more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • hot oven-fresh biscuits
  • sprigs of fresh mint for garnish

Directions

  1. Place a well-seasoned cast iron skillet on medium heat, let it heat for a bit, then add 4 pieces of thick sliced bacon in the preheated cast iron skillet; cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pan and reserve till cool enough to handle. Reserve 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings for the chocolate gravy.
  2. Crumble the crispy bacon once cooled enough to handle.
  3. Combine the all-purpose flour  sugar, cocoa powder, kosher salt, and in a bowl and whisk the dry ingredients  to blend them together.
  4. Add the 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon drippings or 2 tablespoons butter in the cast iron skillet over medium-low heat; add the cocoa mixture, stirring constantly and cooking for about 2 minutes or so.
  5. Slowly add the whole milk into the cast iron skillet, then add vanilla whisking  with a small whisk constantly, until chocolate gravy is smooth and has thickened to a thick gravy consistency.
  6. Add the crumbled bacon to the Southern Chocolate Gravy and serve over split homemade oven-fresh biscuits while still hot, garnish with a sprig of fresh mint if desired.

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Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon is a decadent delicious gravy made from simple budget friendly ingredients such as bacon drippings or butter, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sugar, milk, a pinch of salt, and smoky crumbled bacon to drive your taste buds over the edge.

 

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  1. […] Don’t forget to make a little extra to store for a few days or to send to a friend who has never had the sheer pleasure of experiencing one of the South’s finest gravies you’ll ever enjoy. They’ll be happy you did once they try it over some oven fresh hot biscuits. Store it in a cute little mason jar and don’t forget to make some hot oven-fresh biscuits to enjoy with the Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon. Find the recipe here–> […]

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  2. O.K. Heidy, you just made my day. My daughter and I will be all over this Southern Chocolate Gravy with Bacon. I think I’ll have to try it tonight. We’re having stew tonight, but I’m going to make the gravy for me to have with my biscuits instead of eating the stew. Oh, so good I can’t wait for dinner.

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  3. I can’t quite grasp chocolate and bacon. I would gladly try it if I ever had the chance . Try someone else’s that is.
    In the 10 years I have lived in Florida, I have yet to see it anywhere.
    Is it served at any of out local restaurants? Thanks Heidy.

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