A Family Tradition: Dried Beef Gravy

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Growing up, one of my favorite things my mom would make was her dried beef gravy over homemade biscuits. Absolutely delicious! The recipe was actually my grandma’s and she taught my mom, and then my mom taught me.

My mom came to visit the first week of April and it had been honestly probably 3 years (at least) since I had her dried beef gravy so I asked her to teach me how to make it.

It seemed simple enough. So I cataloged each step into my new cookbook, The Keepsake Kitchen Diary by Lily and Val.

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Guys, this cookbook is really neat, I’m kind of obsessed to be honest. It has different sections for each recipe: rating on how easy or hard the recipe is, a place to note when you made the recipe, and any memory/event associated with that day (my favorite thing about it!), and of course a place for you to write down each step of your recipe, along with the ingredients needed.

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A week or so after my mom left from her visit, I decided to try and make the gravy on my own. Well I thought it looked simple when my mom made it for me, so I went into this thinking it was going to be easy. Well, I was wrong haha. At first I burned the flour and olive oil, so had to start over. Next, I got passed the first step, and then added in the milk. To make a long story short, the gravy turned out to be really lumpy. It actually tasted really good, but it wasn’t that pretty, smooth, creamy gravy I’d like to see. I think what happened was that I didn’t stir constantly, I took a few breaks while I prepared the eggs to coincide with the gravy and biscuits. That was a mistake, so don’t do that if you give this recipe a try!

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Ok, so let’s dive into the recipe.

Ingredients: (Makes 4 – 6 servings)

  • 3/4 c flour
  • 4 c milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1 8 oz. pack of dried beef

Directions:

  1. Add olive oil to pan over medium heat.
  2. Mix salt/pepper/flour together in a mixing bowl
  3. Pour mixture into pan. Stir and whisk until brown (roughly 10 minutes).
  4. Slowly begin adding in milk. (Note: Constantly stir so the gravy doesn’t become lumpy and so it doesn’t stick to the pan).
  5. Cut up dried beef gravy into small strips.
  6. Add in Worcestershire sauce and dried beef to gravy mixture once the gravy becomes creamy and not soupy.
  7. Let cook for an additional 5 – 10 minutes.
  8. Serve over fresh, homemade biscuits.
  9. Enjoy!

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This post has been brought to you by Lily and Val, all opinions expressed here are my own. Make sure to check them out! They have really cool products.

More information about Lily and Val:

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Since opening, Lily & Val has worked with nationally-recognized brands and has been featured in publications like The Knot Magazine, HGTV.com, MarthaStewartWeddings.com, and Good Housekeeping Magazine. But want to know a secret? It’s still the spontaneity of life’s playful, everyday pleasures that inspires us. The smallest things are the most important things: a few words transforming a room into a cozy space, an illustration that makes you smile. We revel in mixing simple nostalgia with a modern style of pretty-whimsy to create gifts that are lovingly made, from our hands and hearts to yours.

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All photos were taken by the amazing Claudette! I’m so excited to introduce her to you. I just met her a few weeks ago, but I already think she’s awesome. Check out her blog for DIY inspiration, adventure recaps, photography shoots, and much more. She’s also on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook. Hit her up! 

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