Friday, June 29, 2012

Tomato Gravy with Cream

I fumbled around with a version of this recipe early in my married years.  Then when I was reading More with Less a few years ago, I saw Brown Tomato Gravy.   (Do you own a More with Less?  It is by far the cookbook I use the most, but I am biased because I am Mennonite and because this was the first cookbook I used). 

Here is my version, which is a method more than a recipe.  I love tomato gravy!

Tomato Gravy with Cream

Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large cast-iron skillet.

Dredge in flour:
2-3 firm ripe tomatoes, sliced thickly

Lay floured tomatoes in butter on medium heat.  Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Allow to fry until the flour and butter are forming browned spots.

Flip tomatoes.  Sprinkle with 1-2 Tbsp. brown sugar.  A little more salt.  Allow to fry again until brown spots form. 

Turn the heat down to low.  Pour in some heavy cream, probably not more than a 1/2 cup or even less; sometimes I've used just 2 little glugs.  Break up the tomatoes a bit while the cream bubbles and thickens with the flour.  There will be tomato skin pieces, which don't bother me, but I'm sure some people would skin their tomatoes first.  Serve over toast, biscuits, or hash brown potatoes.

We ate the tomato gravy for breakfast over oven-roasted potatoes which were room temperature.  My husband bought 7 lbs. of new potatoes this past week, so I roasted extra and I'm going to see what inspiration strikes, a la Tamar Adler.

The kids kicked a fuss over this breakfast; they wanted Cheerios.  I ignored them.  They ate heartily at lunch and supper, so everything is all right.


Nicole said...

As I am reading this I am eating my breakfast of room temp roasted potatoes, carrots and brocolli spashed with a little red wine vinegar and olive oil (a la Tamar Adler -I love that book) Yum!

Dianna said...

This looks perfect. I can't wait to give it a try. Thanks.

The More with Less cookbook is on my list. Guess I need to get it sooner rather than later.

Rebecca said...

Get behind me, cold cereal! I took the dregs of sweetened cereal from the Grand Relative Uproar and threw it to the guinea hens. They don't have any teeth to rot out.

One of my favorite summer suppers: mashed potatoes with tomato gravy made from tomatoes fried in bacon grease.

Beth said...

Hey. It didn't take my comment.

This is new to me, tomatoes cooked this way. They are a major staple in the summer in the deep south...

I'd like to try them!

Sew Blessed Maw [Judy] said...

I love tomatoe gravy with hot bisquits..yummy.

Unknown said...

Sounds good! Maybe a lttle maple syrup over it for the lids? :)

Deanna Beth said...

I never heard of tomato gravy until my marriage. They call it something Dutch-y, which sounds something like To-MAH-tus Gravy. But MIL makes it out of tomato juice.

Once, while on vacation, my husband got into a Regional Breakfast conversation with a man from Alabama. His mother, he reported,made choclate gravy as a breakfast item.