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Bacon Gravy Is A Delicious Meal Stretcher That Will Be A Hit Every Time
By Jennifer Spears
Admit it…I had you at bacon! Perhaps you have been searching for bacon recipes, or maybe you were looking specifically for bacon gravy recipes! Regardless…I’m glad you found me and this simple, but delicious, recipe!
Bacon gravy is one of our usually meal stretchers. I actually consider it a “free” meal because it’s made with leftover ingredients purchased to make other meals.
Do you save bacon grease after you fry bacon? It is so useful, so if you don’t…start! It also justifies the cost of bacon, because it allows you to get a second meal.
Simply pour it into a container and store in the refrigerator. If you’d like some interesting reading, look up “shelf life of bacon grease” on the internet. There are plenty of opinions on how long it can be safely stored in the fridge. Some people keep a container that they add to and use as they need it. Personally, I prefer to keep track of how long it has been in there, and use a new container for each new batch of drippings.
I’ve never had any that I worried had gone bad, but we also use it fairly quickly because of recipes like this bacon gravy. Use your own judgment.
To Make The Bacon Gravy
Okay…I am a rebel when it comes to gravy making. I never do it the “right” way…but it always comes out anyway.
The proper way to make gravy is to first make a roux and then add the liquid. I just don’t do this. Sorry. Whenever I have tried, I end up with a thick gravy that has a slight burned taste to it.
I would rather have a “slightly” thinner gravy that tastes good. Plus, thinner gravy soaks into the biscuits better!
For this post though, I will describe my method, and the “correct” method.
The Way You Are “Supposed” To Do It:
Melt 1/4 cup of bacon grease in a pan over medium heat.
Reduce heat and whisk in 1/4 cup of flour. Continue to whisk for 10 to 15 minutes, until the roux is a darker brown and very thick.
Stir in 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
Add 4 cups of milk, 1/2 cup at a time.
Heat until hot and bubbly.
First, melt 1/4 cup of bacon grease in a pan over medium heat.
Then, whisk 1/4 cup of flour into 1/2 cup milk. Pour into bacon drippings and whisk until thick and bubbly.
Next, stir in 1 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper.
Last, add another 3 and a half cups of milk and stir until thickened and heated through.
You can print this recipe at the bottom of this page!
To Make Bacon Gravy A Meal
Bacon gravy can easily become the focal point of a meal by adding biscuits, mashed potatoes and vegetables. It’s so good, you’ll forget that you are eating leftover ingredients!
If you are short on time, or lack the needed ingredients for biscuits, bacon gravy is also very tasty over toast.
I’d love to know what you think of my method! Leave me a comment!
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