Edited: I made this again yesterday (12/30/11), and I wanted to add some additional notes. See below.
I was telling a friend about this tasty delight last week so I decided I needed to make it and share it with you. It is undoubtedly Southern and very delicious. This is one of Mr. J’s family recipes. It’s not something I grew up eating so I had to get the deets from my MIL Mama D. Of course, it wasn’t that easy, as she learned to make it by throwing in a little of this and a little of that…it’s perfect for a lazy Sunday morning, a brunch “dessert,” or even for brinner, if you’re feeling crazy.
2 1/2 c sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 c flour
1 stick butter
7-8 cups of water (divided)
Mix dry ingredients and stir to smooth out lumps. Mix in about 3 cups of water and add butter. Start on med-high and watch closely. Stir continuously until it starts to thicken. Reduce heat to med and add more water (2 cups or so). Keep stirring! Add 2-3 more cups water in total gradually until final consistency is like gravy. Serve over biscuits.
I made half a recipe of gravy and biscuits, and it was more than enough for the two of us. We’ll probably have enough gravy for leftovers. If you have any left over, add water and warm in a saucepan. Make a fresh batch of biscuits, and you’re good to go.
The full recipe makes a HUGE amount. I made a half batch, and it was still enough for more than 1 batch of biscuits…I usually make half for us, so that’s a lot! I mixed up the full recipe and saved half as “mix” for later.
This would make a great gift. Just put the dry ingredients mixture in a bag or jar with a recipe for biscuits, the directions for the gravy, and wet ingredients needed, and I promise you’ll be famous!
This time I subbed out half of the water for milk to make it a little more rich, and I added 1/2 t of salt to the half recipe.
When you go to reheat leftovers, add a little water at a time to thin it out. The last two times I’ve reheated, I’ve added way too much water, and it was impossible to get it to thicken back up the right way. Runny gravy = 🙁
The main ingredients in this gravy are flour and water, and if you’ve never made a parade float before, you might not know that this combination makes a great glue. Make sure you wash your pan, utensils, and plates immediately or the gravy will turn into concrete and make clean up not so fun!