One-Pot Wonders

Chocolate gravy

October 29, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4-6
Author Notes

This may be a purely Arkansas recipe, as I'd never experienced it until I moved here as an adult (we didn't have it in Tennessee, or at least my part of it). It sounds, well, weird. But it's a really wonderful breakfast treat for a weekend morning, and I have yet to find the kid who doesn't love it. —Kayb

What You'll Need
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Melt butter in bottom of a heavy saucepan. Add flour and stir over medium-high heat until it turns golden brown and starts to smell slightly nutty (a blond roux).
  2. Add mlk and vanilla and whisk until smooth. Lower heat medium.
  3. Mix cocoa into sugar, and pour into saucepan; stir until incorporated and smooth.
  4. Cook at a simmer, stirring occasionally, until it's about as thick as chocolate syrup, or as thick as you like it.
  5. Split open hot biscuits on a plate, top with plenty of gravy, and enjoy!
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  • Kayb
  • mrslarkin
  • dymnyno
I'm a business professional who learned to cook early on, and have expanded my tastes and my skills as I've traveled and been exposed to new cuisines and new dishes. I love fresh vegetables, any kind of protein on the grill, and breakfasts that involve fried eggs with runny yolks. My recipes tend toward the simple and the Southern, with bits of Asia or the Mediterranean or Mexico thrown in here and there. And a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on a float in the lake, as pictured, is a pretty fine lunch!

5 Reviews

Kayb October 29, 2010
Note: I edited this, for proportions, increasing the butter and flour. When I make it, I don't measure. But it seems, on reflection, that I don't generally use two cups of milk, either. So I upped everything. It's forgiving, as long as you get close.
mrslarkin October 29, 2010
I love this! It's almost like the Italian hot cocoa my mom made for me all the time when I was little. Thick and delicious! I bet you could use this in all sorts of creative applications. Chocolate lasagne anyone? Or over pancakes and waffles, too!
Kayb October 29, 2010
Oooohhhh,,,chocolate lasagna, with nuts, and dried fruit! HAVE to try that!
dymnyno October 29, 2010
We can definitely go crazy over this one!!
dymnyno October 29, 2010
You are right...what is not to love!! I see pouring this over french toast!