Thursday, September 3, 2015

854. Biscuits and Gravy

America, country of co-existing extremes, has a knack for culture-merging and creating hypes. The story of its biscuits and gravy is a rather touching one. Originally, it was created by mothers of poor families using cheap sausage and poured over the biscuits (something if a bread or savory cookie) to feed their families with some vague semblance of meat as meat was unaffordable.
It has now developed into a nostalgic dish craved and consumed by Americans of all financial statuses.
This particular version has a Mexican flare with the addition of roasted poblano peppers. If you can't find poblano, used green capsicum instead and add a bit more spice.


For the biscuits:
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
6 Tbsp cold butter
2/3 cup whole milk

For the gravy:
450g minced meat
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp powdered garlic
1/4 tsp crushed red chili
1 tsp oregano
3 cups milk
3 poblano peppers, roasted
2 tsp cornstarch


To make the biscuits, pulse all the biscuit ingredients except for the milk in a food processor.
Drizzle in the milk and pulse until a dough just starts to form.
Empty the dough onto the work surface and pat it into a rectangle about an inch thick.
Cut the rectangle into six squares, the push in the corners of each square to form circles.
Put the biscuits on a baking tray and chill for about an hour.
Bake the biscuits in a preheated 450F oven for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
To make the gravy, saute the minced meat in a large saucepan.
Stir in the salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili, and oregano.
Add the milk and chopped and seeded roasted poblano peppers.
Make a slurry with the cornstarch and a bit of water, then when the milk mixture is boiling, add the slurry and keep stirring until the gravy is of desired thickness.
Serve hot the biscuits on a plate with the gravy over and around it.

صحة و عافية


Noor said...

I'm from the South which is where biscuits and gravy are from, we eat it almost daily and it will always be my absolute favorite.

Maryam Mohammed said...

I thought of you as I was making this! I see it's allure and it's amazing how childhood favorites stick way into adulthood.