Herbed Bacon Gravy

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Herbed Bacon Gravy is as good as it gets. Slather it on buttermilk biscuits, and you've got the best biscuits and gravy you've ever tasted!

biscuits and gravy with a side of bacon on a blue floral plate
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Where Did Biscuits and Gravy Originate?

Biscuits and Gravy may have appeared in the south sometime after the Revolutionary War according to Aaron Hutcherson for The Washington Post. However, many believe biscuits and gravy were born out of necessity in southern Appalachia in the 1800's.

That's where my family originated, which explains why biscuits and gravy were always a staple on Granny Mac's table. They're hearty, yet inexpensive, which made them a popular choice to feed large families.

Are There Different Types of Gravy?

There are as many types gravy out there as you can imagine. Some folks even make chocolate gravy, which is an entirely different conversation.

Where I live, there's a breakfast restaurant named Biscuit Head that's totally devoted to Cat Head Biscuits. They also offer a large array of gravy choices. This place is so popular, you rarely see it without a line curved around the building.

fried bacon in a cast iron skillet on the stove

The most widely known southern gravy is made with ground sausage. You may have heard of sawmill or white gravy, which is believed to have gotten its name near the lumber yards in Appalachia. Since there were lots of hungry sawmill workers at that time, biscuits and gravy filled them up and gave them energy to do hard labor.

There's redeye ham gravy, tomato gravy, and sour cream gravy. But, we like to eat bacon for breakfast around these parts, so I make my gravy with drippings from bacon fat.

In my opinion, if you're gonna eat Cat Head Biscuits, ya gotta top 'em with Herbed Bacon Gravy! It's fun to create, but some people have a hard time making it without lumps. The secret is in the heat.

How to Make Herbed Bacon Gravy

1 - Start out by frying several strips of bacon in a cast iron skillet (ad).

2 - After removing the bacon, turn the heat down and add all purpose flour to the grease. Whisk it well until the flour is absorbed completely. This is an important step that avoids lumpy gravy.

3 - It's time to turn up the heat! Add milk to flour in increments and stir like crazy while the heat rises. Once everything is incorporated, turn down the heat again and add cream. Stir until smooth.

4 - Add more milk if gravy gets too thick. Continue to cook if gravy is too thin.

How Do I Fix Lumpy Gravy?

Believe me, I've made some lumpy gravy in my life. But, no worries! Here's how to fix lumps in gravy if they happen.

You'll need a colander, a spoon and a bowl. Place the colander over the bowl and pour the gravy into it. Using the spoon, stir until only the smooth gravy passes through the colander and leaves the lumps behind. Now, throw away those lumps, and your gravy is ready to serve!

biscuits and gravy with bacon on a colorful plate

Gravy Stir Ins

At this point, you're ready to make the gravy your own. I like to add salt, lots of pepper, garlic powder and herbs to my gravy. Sometimes I use fresh herbs, and other times, I add whatever I have in my spice cabinet.

Dried oregano is one of my favorites, but I have tried everything from rosemary to thyme. You can season it with only salt and pepper, or go hog wild and create your own special gravy with fresh or dried herbs.

Pile a big scoop of herbed gravy on a southern biscuit and all your cares will fade away. But, they're not just for breakfast. Southerners have also been known to eat biscuits and gravy for dinner. Just sayin'.

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biscuits and gravy with bacon on a colorful plate

Herbed Bacon Gravy

Bacon Gravy is fun to make, but some people have a hard time making it.  The secret is in the heat!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Side Dishes
Cuisine: Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 643kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. bacon
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup half & half
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • ½ tsp. dried oregano or your choice of herbs
  • extra milk if needed

Instructions

  • Fry bacon in a cast iron skillet over medium heat.
  • Remove bacon and turn heat down.
  • Sprinkle flour in the leftover grease in skillet.
  • Stir well until the flour is absorbed completely. Use a whisk to eliminate lumps.
  • Turn up the heat.
  • Gradually add milk in increments and whisk until all lumps are gone.
  • Once everything is incorporated, turn down heat again and add cream.
  • Stir until creamy.
  • Add more milk if gravy gets too thick. Continue to cook if gravy is thin.
  • Add salt, pepper, garlic powder and herbs.
  • Stir well.
  • Crumble a few bacon strips into gravy if desired.

Notes

  • When adding flour to the grease, stir until completely incorporated to avoid lumpy gravy.
  • Add milk in increments and whisk as you go. Pouring milk it all at once will cause lumps to form.

Nutrition

Calories: 643kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Sodium: 2225mg | Potassium: 715mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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12 Comments

  1. My biggest issue is knowing how much grease I need to make 3 or 4 cups of gravy. Also, how much flour to add to that. My mother-in-law made the best gravy in the universe and I used to stand beside her at her stove to learn. I seemed to have forgotten everything she taught me😢

    1. It definitely takes some practice, that's for sure. But, this recipe always works for me! You can probably double this recipe and get 3 cups of gravy.

  2. Great gravy! Thanks for sharing.

    PS- There’s a small typo in step 6....thicken.

  3. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe the other day and it turned out perfectly. So creamy and good on hot biscuits!

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