Biscuits and Chocolate "Gravy" How-To

This decadent Southern dish is the perfect weekend breakfast treat.

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Angie McGowen

My family’s as Southern as they come, so we love biscuits. But we don’t make homemade biscuits all the time. I learned early on the secret to having more time for myself was to use canned biscuits. And it’s not just me. In fact, beginning in the 50’s, many Southern women began turning to canned biscuits. They still made their special homemade biscuits every once in a while, but for everyday, canned biscuits were the way to go.

But just because many of us Southern women have a lifelong secret of stocking up on Pillsbury® canned biscuits doesn’t mean we leave all tradition behind. Making rich creamy gravies like this chocolate gravy is something I learned from my grandmother. It’s a wonderful family treat for special occasions, the weekend or anytime!

This gravy was born during the Depression. It’s simple and frugal. My grandmother’s recipe for chocolate gravy contains about half as much chocolate, because they were trying to be as frugal as possible back then. But because things are different now, I don’t skimp on the chocolate.

This is really quite simple. You start with fat, flour and salt. Even though this is a sweet gravy, be sure to use the salt because it really brings out the flavor in the chocolate. I used 1/4 cup butter and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Then I added 1/4 cup flour and 1 teaspoon salt.

ingredients in pot with wire whisk

Whisk it all up. Be sure to continually whisk while it cooks to prevent burning and lumps.

When it begins to smell fragrant, whisk in the milk. Continue to whisk to remove lumps.

stirring ingredients in pan with wire whisk

When combined but before it boils, add the cocoa and sugar; whisk well until all the cocoa is dissolved in the milk.

Keep whisking until it comes to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 5 minutes.

adding chocolate to gravy in pan, stirring with wire whisk

Serve over warm biscuits. Garnish with fresh berries.

finished biscuits and chocolate gravy on serving dish with strawberries