As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting many recipes the past couple weeks. Is it because I took a vacation from cooking? Ha! Nope. I challenged myself to eat out of the pantry and freezer for awhile. We’ve been having more “concoctions” than actual recipes 😉 Last night I got a pack of bacon out of the freezer. I can frequently get the irregular sliced bacon on sale for 2 dollars a pound. We have a 2 dollar a pound limit on meat to help stretch our food budget, so seeing bacon on sale just makes my day!
I put a batch of bacon in the oven, baked some homemade freezer biscuits that Matthew helped with earlier in the day, and made some of this awesome gravy.
When we first got married, and up until a year ago, I bought packets of breakfast gravy mix. We thought it was good, and I was afraid I’d mess up homemade gravy. When it comes to “eyeballing” ingredients, I’m fine with salads and mashed potatoes(except for the time I accidentally used sugar instead of salt), but I’m no good at winging it with gravy. I came across this recipe on Pinterest last summer. It is so good! You will seriously never want to buy a packet of gravy mix again!
-1/4 cup bacon grease
-1/3 cup flour
-1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 cups water
-1 1/2 cups milk
Heat bacon grease in a large skillet. I use cast iron, because everything seems to taste better out of a cast iron skillet.
Add the flour and whisk until slightly browned and bubbly.
Measure out milk and water together in a large measuring cup. Slowly pour into the flour mixture and continue whisking to avoid clumps.
Taste and adjust seasonings. If you allow the gravy to cool for a few minutes, it will thicken even more. For biscuits, I prefer to be able to pour it.
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