Have You Ever Made “Grease Gravy”?

published May 25, 2016
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Q: My mother used to make what she called “grease gravy” to pour over waffles. I do not believe it had any flour, but was only sausage drippings, water, and maybe just a touch of cream. Are you aware of a recipe like that?

Sent by Dan

Editor: The recipe you describe immediately reminds me of a very classic Southern-style sausage gravy. Like your mother’s recipe, it’s also made from sausage pan drippings, but flour is often added to thicken it. It sounds like your mom skipped the flour to make her gravy much looser.

And while putting gravy on biscuits is near commonplace in the Southern canon of cuisine, pouring gravy over waffles is entirely new to me. But it makes perfect sense and I am delighted by the idea!

If you’re looking to recreate your mother’s grease gravy, I’d suggest our recipe for Southern sausage gravy as a starting place. You can keep the flour and just work in more milk to get it to the consistency you’d like. You might even try it with just milk or cream, although I’d worry the fat wouldn’t thoroughly emulsify. Either way, get ready for some vigorous whisking!

Kitchn readers, have you ever had gravy over waffles? Do you have a recipe or some thoughts to share on how to make the gravy Dan remembers his mother cooking?