I cry when I make this. Happy tears, associated with warm memories of my mom and grandma and growing up and being loved. It's just not Sunday without a pot of tomato gravy bubbling away on the stove, and the heady scents of garlic, hot oil, and braising meat wafting through the kitchen. Although a little time consuming, it's a simple meal, easily adaptable based on what you have in your pantry and fridge on any given Sunday. Definitely meant to feed a crowd (or to take leftovers to work/school! Nothing brightens up a dreary Monday like leftover Sunday gravy). This is the very definition of nourishment - food for thought, soul food, and yeah, tummy-filling, too.
This is the type of recipe where every family has their own version. I did my best to approximate my family's version for you here. It's also the type of recipe that doesn't have exact quantities - a little of this, a pinch of that, till it looks right. You'll know. I tried to give my best approximation, but you may want to play around with some things until you get it exactly how you like it. That's the fun part! —Danielle