February 21, 2013

National Biscuits and Gravy Day

“To fulfill a dream to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, is the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy.” - Bette Davis

It's National Biscuits and Gravy Day!

Biscuits and gravy emerged in the South sometime after the American War of Independence. While certain food supplies had dwindled down to nothing, pork sausage was readily available and abundant. Taking advantage of this food, cooks began saving the grease and leftover meat drippings to use in a gravy served over biscuits. It was a hearty, filling breakfast for those folks working long, hard days on their plantations and farms.

Over time, biscuits and gravy has become a comforting and classically Southern dish served any time of day, although the recipe can vary from region to region. Three variations on the gravy portion of dish include: a basic white gravy, an egg gravy (scrambled eggs and bacon IN gravy? Yes please!), and a tomato gravy (adding a can of crushed or diced tomatoes in your basic white gravy gives it more pizzazz!).

Yum. Squared.

How will you celebrate today?

Happy National Biscuits and Gravy Day!