Self-Rising Butter Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy

Chocolate Gravy is not a recipe that is well-known outside of the deep south. I grew up in MS and this was a special occasion recipe or when someone needs some really great comfort food. I have carried that tradition on with my children. We have Chocolate Gravy on Christmas morning, birthdays, and the odd day here or there throughout the year. If you are a chocolate lover, BEWARE. This gravy is rich, creamy and oh, so good!  

Chocolate Gravy Recipe

2 1/2 cups milk (whole or 2%)
1/3 cup flour
pinch of salt
3 scant tablespoons cocoa

Mix dry ingredients in a large pot. Stir with a whisk to get all the lumps out and it is well-mixed. 

Add 1/2 cup of milk and stir smooth. Turn heat on the high to medium-high. Slowly add remaining milk while whisking. Stir constantly to keep from sticking and to remove any lumps. Heat until gravy is smooth and bubbling slowly. It will be the consistency of gravy. Remove from heat. Serve over warm biscuits or in a bowl with a pat of butter and biscuit on the side. Serves 4.
Self-rising Butter Biscuits


2 cups self-rising flour – I prefer White Lily brand
1/4 cup butter – Half stick
2/3-3/4 cup of buttermilk

Preheat oven to 450*. 

In a medium mixing bowl, add flour. Cut butter into small pieces and then cut into the flour with a pastry blender or two knives or a fork until well-blended. Make a hole in the center of the flour mix. Pour buttermilk in the hole and stir until blended. Add milk until you have enough to make a dough. 

Pour a small amount of flour on wax paper. Spread across and pour the dough on top of the flour. Work the dough by kneading just a few times. You want your dough soft and pliable. You can roll out the dough or pat it out. I pat. Use a biscuit cutter or small glass or cookie cutter to cut out biscuits. Place on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray. Melt a pat of butter and brush on to the raw biscuits. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. 

Bowl of Chocolate Gravy with a pat of Irish butter and a hot biscuits. 
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Another Apple Recipe – Famous Brunch Casserole

This is a different but delicious breakfast casserole. I made it for my husband’s office one morning and they loved it.

Famous Brunch Casserole

1 lb. bacon – cut into fourths and fry until crisp. Drain off fat.
1 (20 oz.) can apple pie filling
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (I prefer sharp)
1 1/2 cups Bisquick
1 1/2 cups milk
4 eggs

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 9×13″ casserole dish. Spread pie filling in bottom of dish. Sprinkle this with the sugar. Spread cheese and bacon over filling. Beat Bisquick, milk and eggs until smooth. Pour over the top. Bake, uncovered, until a knife inserted comes out clean, between 30-40 minutes. Serves 8 people.

Recipe Monday – Calling All Chocoholics! Chocolate Gravy

I grew up in Mississippi and was raised having Chocolate Gravy for a special treat. We usually had it once a month or on a holiday or birthday. I now live in South Carolina and it is not a dish that is known here. I have met people from the Memphis, TN area and the state of Arkansas that also have had Chocolate Gravy but no where further north or east/west. I am assuming most of you do not know what Chocolate Gravy is and therefore, do not know how to eat it. It is a sweet chocolate mix that cooks to the consistency of regular gravy. You serve it with hot biscuits, butter and we love it with bacon. My son and husband eat it over the opened buttered biscuits. My daughter, sister and I eat it with a spoon in a bowl like soup with a side of hot biscuits. No matter how you eat it, it is always delicious. Try it out and then come back and tell me how you like it!

Chocolate Gravy

2 1/2 cups milk
1/3 cup flour
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
3 scant Tablespoons of cocoa

Combine all the dry ingredients and mix until well blended and lumps are minimal. Add milk slowly. Use a wisk for better mixing and to prevent lumping. Heat over medium-high heat and stir constantly to avoid sticking. Heat until gravy is smooth and bubbling slowly. Remove from heat and let it set until it is the consistency of gravy. Serve over warm biscuits with butter. Serves 4-6. May be doubled.

Recipe Monday – Impossible Quiche

Impossible Quiche

1/2 lb. bacon, fried and crumbled (the Real Bacon in a bag that is pre-cooked works fine for a quick fix)
1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 cups milk
1/2 cup Bisquick baking mix
4 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9 or 10 inch pie plate. Sprinkle bacon, cheese, and onion evenly over bottom of pie plate. Place remaining ingredients in blender. Cover and blend on high speed for 1 minute. Pour into pie plate over other ingredients. Bake until golden brown and knife inserted in center comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting. Serves 6.

It is not true that real men do not eat quiche. Both my husband and son enjoy a good quiche, even for a light dinner. Add fruit and a salad and you have an easy dinner or serve with fruit and muffin for a delicious breakfast/brunch.

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