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Of Grits and Chocolate Gravy

Chocolate GravyThis post isn’t really about grits; I just liked the way that sounded as a title.  I suppose I can throw in a gratuitous aside about how I love ‘em and can’t eat ‘em without thinking about Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny, when he goes off on a tangent that includes the phrase, “The entire grit-eating world.”  Which includes me.

So.

Now that I’ve gotten my movie reference for this post out of the way (and notice how I never even brought up my misgivings about Marisa Tomei and her Oscar), let’s move on to chocolate gravy, shall we?  Because, yes, it is a very real thing.  Apparently a purely Southern thing, too, although I have to admit that I’d never heard of it until recently.  I was saved the humiliation of excommunication from The Society of All Things Southern, however, by this post from BooMama, who is one of the most hysterically funny bloggers on the interwebz, in my not-so-humble opinion.  Since she is also just about the most Southern blogger I’ve encountered on the interwebz, I feel slightly better about my ignorance of what is apparently a Southern Culinary Tradition.

I must say that I am further mollified by the fact there is no Wikipedia entry for it.

When I first heard of chocolate gravy, my first reaction was, “Ewwwwwww!” for I had an immediate vision of my beloved cream gravy with a hunk of bittersweet – or worse yet, unsweetened – baking chocolate thrown in.  What it really is, though, is more of a chocolate sauce made of sugar, cocoa, flour, milk and/or water with possibly a touch of butter and vanilla, depending on who’s recipe you’re using.  These crazy, wonderful Southerners then pour it over biscuits and eat it for breakfast.

Oh, I am SO all over that – we’re having it for brunch this Sunday.  The Young One won’t know what hit him, for if there’s one thing he loves more than biscuits, it’s chocolate, and it goes without saying that I am not about to pass up an excuse to legitimately eat chocolate for breakfast.  Oh, no.

I’ll let you know how it turns out.


14 comments

Lynn K. says:

OOooooo, CHOCOLATE gravy???? I can just imagine it on meatloaf and roast beef and mashed potatoes. MMMMMmmmmm : )

Okay, Okay, how about just a bowl and a spoon?

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Hmmmm…sounds interesting and yes, delicious! You can’t go wrong with chocolate, right?

I loooooooove biscuits. And chocolate. Yum. (I’m trying to eat healthy and you keep tempting me w/your yummy recipes!) :) My kids LOVE when I make chocolate chip pancakes. They use hersheys syrup on them and whip cream. Makes for a fun kid breakfast when they have friends spend the night. Have you tried it?

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SSG says:

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. chocolate gravy is like chocolate sauce, for a minute there I thought it was going to be made with meat stock. I do like maple syrup with bacon though, sweet and salty combo.

Anyways, has your son seen any of these:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv5iEK-IEzw
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=UkTQwP2gFxU
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=7YwLQSTo_ow

ahh, starwars jokes, one of the best kind I think!

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tricia says:

I’ve never heard of chocolate gravy either, but I’ll eat chocolate ANYTHING. Please do report back on all the yumminess and The Young One’s reaction.

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I’ve had chocolate gravy all my life but never really liked it on biscuits. I’m not a big chocolate lover anyway,so maybe that’s the reason. LOL

Besides, nothing compares to cream gravy on biscuits. NOTHING.

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goodfather says:

That’s some crazy gravy! ;) Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

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phhhst says:

This reminds me of a movie (ah, I’m still on a movie roll). I can’t remember who was in it or the title and it is driving me crazy. But it wsa about a girl who was a chef in South America and I remember her cooking with lots of chilis.

Chocolate gravy with red pepper sounds good too.

BTW I linked your post on guilt I like it so much.

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Di says:

Chocolate gravy… ummm, okay…. if you say so, but I’m getting this gaggy feeling in my throat for some reason.

Di
The Blue Ridge Gal

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Wow chocolate gravy…
new reader to your blog – love the web-site
Ciao
Anita

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Irish Gumbo says:

(I can think of some other applications for chocolate gravy, that have nuttin’ to do with biscuits…at least not with regular biscuits, anyway..) Oops! Hi, didn;t see you standing there, silly me, thinkin’ out loud again!

Chocolate gravy sounds divine, but how about CHOCOLATE GRITS!
Oh yes, indeed: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/101-Things-to-Do-with-Grits/Harriss-Cottingham/e/9780941711890/ go to the features tab if it doesn’t come up automatically.

Mmm,mmm, lot of advantages to being a crazy Southerner, yes?

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These Southerners must be holdin out on me. Must be because I’m a transplanted Yankee and all. I’m on the fence but falling over into the Chocolate gravy side. Can’t wait to hear what you think. BTW, I’m thinking I just might attempt your chili this weekend. Wish me luck!

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thistle says:

Chocolate with pepper in it is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. I can personally attest to that….yum…but as gravy on biscuits? interesting…sounds pretty sweet, but a great cup of coffee along with it…sounds divine.

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vodkamom says:

I just can’t eat grits. (Don’t hate me.) There isn’t MUCH i won’t eat, but there is something about the texture of grits- and cream of wheat- that turns my stomach.

I’m SORRY!! Maybe you should come over and cook for me and convert me!! Dinner at 6:00)

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