Country Gravy

Country Gravy

Country Gravy

This delicious gravy is perfect poured over biscuits for a warm and hearty breakfast. You can whip this up without the sausage and serve it over mashed potatoes, country fried chicken or a savory ham steak. Any way you use it, country gravy can turn a few simple ingredients into a hearty meal.

The Secret to Smooth Country Gravy

Brown one package of Ground Sausage in a skillet. I prefer to use Maple Sausage, since it gives just a hint of sweetness. When the sausage is fully cooked, turn off the heat but do not drain. Sprinkle ½ cup Flour over the sausage and mix it in. The fat from the sausage will absorb the flour, allowing the sauce to thicken without creating lumps.

Country Gravy

 

Thicken to Your Hearts Desire

Pour in 8-10 cups of Milk. I recommend using 2% or whole milk, as a lower fat content will keep the gravy from thickening as much. Let this mixture simmer until it has thickened to a sauce-like consistency, about 15 minutes. When you scoop up a spoonful and pour it back in, the mixture should be somewhat slowed and not flow back into the pan as quickly as water. Add 1 tablespoon Pepper and a ½ teaspoon Salt. These can be adjusted for taste.
Serve this delicious sauce straight out of the pan or package in an airtight container and refrigerate for later use.

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

This cake is so much fun to make! It is Grandma June’s special recipe for all the birthdays, and for good reason. This cake is so moist and delicious it doesn’t even need frosting (although who can resist adding some anyway?) This chocolate mayonnaise cake was rich and delicious, I can’t wait to try a batch with different flavorings as well. The batter comes together so quickly you will never bother with a boxed cake mix again.

Mayonnaise in Cake!?

Crazy right? I had never heard of a cake made with mayonnaise before. I defiantly wouldn’t have thought those two things could go together. But in this delicious cake recipe, they fit perfectly. Mayonnaise is basically just eggs and oil, so using it in a cake replaces the eggs and makes the cake creamy and delicious. This will be the go to recipe for birthday cakes in my house this year!

In a large mixing bowl sift together 3 cups Flour and 3 tablespoons Baking Cocoa. This breaks up the clumps so you won’t get a big bite cocoa powder, making a nice smooth batter. Stir in 1-1/2 cup Sugar and 1 tablespoon Baking Soda. Then add 1-1/2 cup Mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon Vanilla, and 1-1/2 cup Water. Mix these into the dry ingredients all at once, to keep the batter from clumping. Grease and flour a cake pan and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Pour the batter into the pan evenly, then drop the pan lightly on the table a few times to force out any air bubbles. Smooth out the top, then place in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Cake is done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Grandma June’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake

3 cups Flour

3 tablespoons Baking Cocoa

1-1/2 cup Sugar

1 tablespoon Baking Soda

1-1/2 cup Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip

1 teaspoon Vanilla

1-1/2 cup Water

Sift together Flour and Baking Cocoa. Add in Sugar and Baking Soda. Mix Mayonnaise, Vanilla, and Water into the dry ingredients all at once. Pour into a greased and floured cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes. Enjoy!