Tomato Gravy - Not Italian

Just use two cans of regular, good quality tomatoes with the juice, I pour in a bowl and break up the tomatoes with my fingers. Then add to the roux. You do not have to use milk, can use water or chicken stock. Maybe a little milk. I always slice a small onion, separate the rings and saute in the butter before adding flour to make the roux, then add the tomatoes and some salt and pepper. You could add a tsp of dried thyme to the sauce if you like. Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 10 min | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Photo by Louise H.
Adapted from pinterest.com

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Adapted from pinterest.com

Ingredients

  • 2

    cups of chopped tomatoes, with liquid (about 3 medium)

  • 1

    tablespoon of finely chopped onion

  • 1

    tablespoon of finely chopped green bell pepper

  • 1

    cup of chicken broth

  • 1/2

    cup of butter or bacon fat

  • 1/2

    cup of all purpose flour

  • 1 to 2

    cups of milk or water, for desired consistency

  • Kosher salt & fresh cracked pepper

Directions

Peel, seed and dice the tomatoes, reserving the juices. In a small pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil; add the tomatoes and juices, onion and green pepper, and let simmer while you prepare the roux. In a separate skillet, heat the butter or bacon fat over medium heat; stir in the flour. Cook and stir over medium, stirring constantly, until roux reaches a light beige color. Quickly stir in the broth and tomato mixture, adding slowly, but continuously, until fully incorporated. Stir in the milk and season with salt and pepper, and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until nicely thickened. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve over hot biscuits, with meatloaf, over rice, or spooned on grits alongside some fried catfish and with some hushpuppies on the side. Cook's Note: I prefer the creaminess from milk, however, plain tap water may be substituted. May also substitute 1 (14.5 ounce) can of regular plum tomatoes,or whole tomatoes, undrained, then chopped.

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