If you’re not from the South or have relatives from here, you may have not heard of chocolate and biscuits. It’s sweet, delicious, dangerous, and leaves chocoholics wanting more. A true Southern delicacy. Forget Nutella on croissants–this puts that to shame!
Start breakfast off right by popping the biscuits in the oven to cook and start some sausage on the stove. Biscuits are best homemade, but I’ll let you in on a secret. Pillsbury’s Southern style buttermilk biscuits are easy and a worthy substitute. Avoid using refrigerated canned biscuits–they are not thick enough for the gravy and end up a soggy mess.
Chocolate gravy has two variations depending on family tradition–thick or thin style. My husband’s family likes their gravy thin. My side of the family likes stick-to-the-biscuits thick. Since this is generally a birthday breakfast request at my house, the one requesting chooses their gravy style. This recipe can be doubled or tripled easily. In fact, chocolate gravy is such a simple recipe it’s usually made without concern for measurements. Not sweet enough? Add more sugar. Too sweet? Add more milk or chocolate. Honestly, the only way to mess chocolate gravy up is to scorch it.
1 cup sugar
3 heaping tablespoons cocoa (I use Hershey’s milk chocolate or dark chocolate. Both are wonderful.)
1 cup of milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
Mix sugar and cocoa together in a heavy sauce pan. Pour in milk and pinch of salt while whisking. Bring to a boil (this is crucial) while continuing to whisk. Let it boil for a few minutes. When it begins to expand turn down the heat as it can overflow the pan quickly. Allow to boil until it begins to thicken to the consistency you prefer. For thicker gravy, add a spoon full of flour and whisk well. Once it’s where you like it, remove from heat.
Split your piping hot biscuit and spoon the delicious chocolate gravy over top. Add a pat of butter if you want the full experience. I love my biscuits drowned in chocolate–the amount you put on is up to you! Serve with sausage (which is quite good dipped in chocolate!).
Does your family have a tradition of chocolate gravy and biscuits? Which do you prefer–thin or thick gravy?
Kellie Renfroe founded Mentoring Moments in 2005 with two friends as a way to introduce women to the benefits of godly mentoring. Happily married for 23 years to Greg Renfroe, they have one daughter (13 years-old) and three sons (19, 11, and 8 years-old). Visit her new blog, Citizen Mama, follow on Facebook where she shares free Kindle books daily, and Twitter @kellierenfroe.
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