Tomato gravy? Most people have never heard of this dish. The “quintessential comfort food” is how it is described after I make it. In our house we have a few meals we prepare that are really budget friendly. This is one of those meals. This is also something you can prepare quickly and likely without a trip to the grocery store as most people generally have a can of tomatoes in their cupboard.
This is not a meal that is going to show up in food magazines or cooking shows but it is still a good one to have in your recipe box. My mother started making this dish for our family. Oftentimes it was served for brunch or dinner alongside sausage gravy. Sometimes, in addition to tomatoes fresh from the garden other vegetables would be added too. So if you are overrun with tomatoes in your garden or just need to make a budget friendly meal for your family I hope you will give this one a try. I think you will enjoy this meal that has been passed down from earlier generations who didn’t have budgets for fancy ingredients but didn’t let that stop them from making a tasty hearty dish!
Click below to watch a short video on how this dish comes together. The recipe is listed below along with a link to get a printer friendly version of the recipe.
Select fresh tomatoes from the garden. Wash and dip in slow boiling water for a minute until skins start to crack.
Remove tomato from water and rinse under cool water from faucet.
Remove skins. They should slip off easily. Cut in half, core, remove seeds and most of juices then roughly chop and set aside.
Do this with remaining tomatoes until you have 3 cups.
Put 3 Tbls butter in skillet with tomatoes and let those slowly cook down on medium heat until softened.
Sprinkle 4 Tbls flour over top of tomatoes and stir in until completely absorbed. About 1-2 minutes.
Add 2 cups milk and stir constantly until thickened.
Serve over biscuits.
If you do not have fresh tomatoes you can use a 28 oz can of your favorite chopped tomato.