Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Who would ever have thought of mixing that?

Really. Some things just are a perfect match. Peanut butter and jelly. Bologna and cheese. Roast and potatoes. Biscuits and gravy. They just work. Everyone loves them together, no one questions them, it's just a law of nature.

Then there are those I question. Sliced apples with pepper. French fries and ice cream. Ketchup and eggs. Really people. There is a facebook page dedicated to odd food pairing. One my husband likes; buttered bread sprinkled with sugar. It's just gross.

Upon moving here to this seemingly normal small town three years ago, my children were invited to a home for breakfast. Oddly enough, I didn't ask them later what they had to eat. Must have had my brain cells leaking at that moment in time or something. Fast forward to Christmas last year, and this same family gave me one of their family cook books. As I was reading it, (yes, I'm just goofy enough to actually read cook books cover to cover) I discovered a recipe for chocolate gravy. Seriously? I think I puked a little in my mouth. What on earth would cause anyone to put something as good as chocolate into something as savory and wonderful as gravy?! And then ruin a wonderful batch of biscuits by smothering them with it?!

I posted this morning on facebook about making this "treat" (I use the term loosely) for my kids today, and have received all sorts of comments about the wonderful goodness and fond childhood memories this "dish" (again, loosely) brought to mind for people. So upon request, here is the recipe.
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1 t. vanilla
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
dash of salt

Melt butter in skillet and whisk in flour to make a roux. Cook over medium-high heat for a minute or two. Reduce heat and whisk in milk, cooking to let thicken slightly. Mix together sugar and cocoa in a small bowl and slowly add to gravy, whisking constantently. Add vanilla and continue cooking on low heat until thickened. Add salt at the end. Remove from heat and serve over warm biscuits.

*disclaimer: I do NOT endorse the consumption of this product. My children, however, highly recommend it. They think you haven't lived until you have tried it.