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Mamaís Tomato Gravy

In Loving Memory of Patsy Marie Paul
Submitted by Melissa

 This family recipe is truly a taste of Cajun country where folks are already sitting at the table drinking coffee and eating breakfast by the time the rooster crows. Mama (Patsy Paul) made countless batches of biscuits and tomato gravy in her lifetime. I miss her every day. When Iíve had a rough day and need to feel close to her, I come home and make biscuits and tomato gravy and Iím reminded of her love for her family and for cooking. Iím sure she learned to make this from her Mother, Carmen Inez Shirley. I know itís just simple biscuits and gravy but for me this is ďthe dishĒ that puts my feet back under my Mamaís table.

Mama's Tomato Gravey

4 tablespoons bacon or sausage grease
3 rounded tablespoons flour
2 cups water approximately
Ĺ small can tomato paste (about 3 oz.)
Salt and pepper to taste (not too much salt)
Hot buttermilk biscuits

In a skillet, stir flour into grease over medium-high heat. Let flour cook and brown, keep stirring, donít let it burn. When roux has browned, pour water into skillet, while stirring with a whisk. Whisk in tomato paste until well blended; when gravy begins to thicken reduce heat to low. Add salt and pepper to taste. You may need to add a little more water if gravy becomes too thick.

Serve with love over hot buttermilk biscuits along with bacon or sausage for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Morning, noon or night, youíll feel the love because your heart and your tummy will be full.

Some folks use chopped fresh or canned crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce in place of the tomato paste.

Submitted by Melissa

 

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