A decadent staple brekky in our global repertoire of extravagance is bacon & eggs, biscuits & gravy. My Dad is from Alabama, and taught my Mama (from Oregon) to make this when they were first together, then pretty much never cooked anything ever again, except a mean barbecue.
In Australia, when I say â€˜biscuits & gravyâ€™, people say â€˜what in the world are you talking about?â€™ And having had two requests for my biscuit recipe this week alone, I figured itâ€™s time to share, especially since weâ€™ve recently been enjoying ours with the first Jonai FarmsÂ ethical bacon, which ups the nom factor considerably. We much prefer ethical diets over calorie-counting ones around hereâ€¦
American-style biscuits are roughly what Australians would call scones – usually more like drop scones. Today I made our biscuits with the divine buttermilk from the Butter Factory in Myrtleford. I resisted buttering the biscuits with some of Naomiâ€™s truffle butter as well, figuring the gravy was enough. Normally, though, I use the yoghurt we make weekly with milk from the dairy on the other side of our volcano. And as we now buy our flour from Powlett Hill about 30km from us, this is serious locavore food. 😀
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All measurements are approximate, depending on the weather, your mood, and your desired moistness and yoghurty goodnessâ€¦
1tspn baking soda
1CÂ yoghurt (or buttermilk, in which case youâ€™ll reduce the milk quantity)
Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Either oil a baking tray or line it with baking paper.
Mix the baking soda and salt into the flour. Cut butter into the flour. Add yoghurt (or buttermilk) and mix with a rubber spatula, then add milk to the right consistency. Think â€˜drop sconeâ€™ doughâ€¦
Spoon out the amount of dough for the size biscuit you prefer – in our house, thatâ€™s usually about the size of my palm or a little smaller. Make sure theyâ€™re relatively equal in size so they cook evenly.
Bake for 10-15 minutes, depending on your oven. I usually turn them around mid-way through cooking as my oven is hotter at the back than the front.
The best gravy is made from bacon grease (otherwise itâ€™s really just bechamel!). In the American South, thereâ€™s a huge variety of gravies, from a straight millk gravy through to one introduced to me by the gorgeous Gabriel in Oxford, Mississippi – red gravy -Â which is made with tomatoes. The core ingredient seems to pretty much always be bacon grease. The simplest though, and the one we make the most often, is the one Dad taught Mama to make when they were first married.
Bacon grease – however much you end up with after making bacon for brekky (or about 1T if youâ€™ve saved it in a jar, which is also Doing It Right)
2C milk (pre-warmed in the microwave)
Salt & pepper to taste
While the bacon grease is still hot in the pan from makinâ€™ bacon, add flour and stir until it browns lightly. Add warmed milk and stir continuously with a whisk until it thickens. Season to taste. Serve in a jug or bowl with ladle – your choice.
In our house, some of us like to break up our biscuits and pour the gravy over the top. Others pour the gravy on whole biscuits, and some of us even break up our bacon and sprinkle it through the biscuits and gravy. Personal preference rules! We almost never have biscuits and gravy if we arenâ€™t having bacon and eggs – these things are made to be eaten together!
7 thoughts on “Locavore bacon & eggs, biscuits & gravy”
Thanks for sharing your brekky with us – in a virtual kinda way!
I’ve always wondered about that whole biscuits and gravy thingo. Doesn’t the gravy taste a little bland or does the bacon fat (delicious words) give it the required oomph?
Thanks, Amanda – it can be bland if you don’t season, but tasty bacon usually ensures it’s not an issue. I always salt & pepper, and sometimes I’ll add some herbs (thyme is especially lovely), but usually I crave my childhood memory, which is this straight gravy. If you break the bits of bacon through it, you can imagine how delicious it is…
This sounds and looks delicious Tammi! I too have wondered what biscuits and gravy translates to in Aussie language?!
Awwww, I can smell that bacon from here Tammi! The biscuits must be light and delicious thanks to the buttermilk. Thanks for sharing this great recipe combo!
Yum! gotta love a good gravy 🙂
So glad you explained. The image of milk arrowroot and gravy was a bit hard to cope with early in the morning.
YAY! Now I just have to cure the Jonai Farms pork belly ready for Breakfast with the kids next weekend XXX