Mama's Tomato Gravy is a homemade original old fashioned family recipe, passed down through the generations. Delicious simply served with biscuits for breakfast!

Mama's Tomato Gravy is a homemade original old fashioned family recipe, passed down through the generations. Delicious simply served with biscuits for breakfast!

This delicious recipe has been generously shared by Melissa Dommert.

Melissa is a keen cook, and most of her recipes are family ones, this one being one of the oldest family recipes she has!
So without further ado, let's introduce Melissa!

This family recipe is truly a taste of Cajun country where folks are already sitting at the table drinking coffee and eating breakfast by the time the rooster crows.

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Mama (Patsy Paul) made countless batches of biscuits and tomato gravy in her lifetime. I miss her every day. When I’ve had a rough day and need to feel close to her, I come home and make biscuits and tomato gravy and I’m reminded of her love for her family and for cooking.

When I smell the roux cooking, I almost feel like I'm back in Mama's kitchen...one more time. I’m sure she learned to make this from her Mother, Carmen Inez Shirley. I know it’s just simple biscuits and gravy but for me, this is “the dish” that puts my feet back under my Mama’s table.

Recipe by Melissa Dommert and her Mama.

Melissa's mama, Patsy Paul
Melissa's mama, Patsy Paul

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

15 minutes

Yield

2 - 4 Persons

What you need

Skillet or Pan

Ingredients

4 tablespoons bacon or sausage grease
3 rounded tablespoons flour
2 cups / 470 ml water approximately
½ small can tomato paste (about 3 oz / 100 g.)
Salt and pepper to taste (not too much salt)
Hot buttermilk biscuits See HERE for a lovely recipe for Fluffy Buttermilk Biscuits

Instructions

1. In a skillet, stir flour into grease over medium-high heat.
Let flour cook and brown, keep stirring, don’t let it burn.

2. When roux has browned, pour water into skillet, while stirring with a whisk.

3. Whisk in tomato paste until well blended; when gravy begins to thicken reduce heat to low.

4.Add salt and pepper to taste. You may need to add a little more water if gravy becomes too thick.

Some folks use chopped fresh or canned crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce in place of the tomato paste proving that there‘s more than one way to paint a barn!

Serving Suggestions:

Serve with love over hot buttermilk biscuits along with bacon or sausage for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Morning, noon, or night, you’ll feel the love because your heart and your tummy will be full!

See our recipe here if you'd like to make some nice Buttermilk Biscuits to go with this gravy, they're ever so easy to make and fluffy too!

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Mama's Tomato Gravy is a homemade original old fashioned family recipe, passed down through the generations. Delicious simply served with biscuits for breakfast!

Mama’s Tomato Gravy

Yield: 2 - 4 Persons
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Mama's Tomato Gravy is a homemade original old fashioned family recipe, passed down through the generations. Delicious simply served with biscuits for breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons bacon or sausage grease
  • 3 tablespoons rounded flour
  • 2 cups / 470 ml water approximately
  • ½ oz small can tomato paste, about 3 / 100 g.
  • Salt and pepper to taste, not too much salt

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, stir flour into grease over medium-high heat.
  2. Let flour cook and brown, keep stirring, don’t let it burn.
  3. When roux has browned, pour water into skillet, while stirring with a whisk.
  4. Whisk in tomato paste until well blended; when gravy begins to thicken reduce heat to low.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. You may need to add a little more water if gravy becomes too thick.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 493mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 3gSugar: 9gProtein: 8g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate

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      Hi Amber, you could certainly to half milk and half water. I wouldn’t do all milk in replacement of the water as that might be super rich.

  1. My mom always made a meatloaf gravy very similar to this. But we just used drippings from the meatloaf and used canned tomatoes (of course until a few yrs ago I canned my own tomatoes which was even better). Good over the mashed potatoes too. Thx so much for the recipe. Haven’t had any in long time. Think I’ll have to make some for my 88 yr old mom tmw!

  2. My mother in law introduced me to this 60 years ago when I first dated my husband. I make it both ways but my husband prefers whole tomatoes. We pour it over buttered bread and it is so delicious. When the kids were small and money was tight it sure did stretch a dollar! Thanks for bringing back some fond memories.

    1. Hi Barbara, that sounds wonderful! I think every family who grew up with Tomato gravy has a very ‘special’ recipe and must bring back wonderful memories.
      Thanks so much for writing in and sharing how you make yours. It’s lovely to hear everyone’s comments!

  3. Oh my gosh,, I grew up on this, and our daughter, loves it too, and makes it, and especially when we have ripe tomatoes, as that is how we like it the best…She is our baby (50 yrs. old) and also considers it a comfort food too…not sure if the rest of her family enjoys it the same…Of course, I love Buttermilk w/ it, but no one in our family will touch it…My grandmother always made her own, and Oh how delightful the whole Tomato Gravy meal is..and not just for breakfast, anytime will do…..Brings back such great memories, so Thanks for the memories….< 3 Nanny Pat

    1. Hi Nanny! I’m so happy it took you down memory lane! It certainly is a real family recipe. Maybe you will get to make it again soon, just like your grandmother did too!
      How wonderful to hear! Thank you