Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits

Total Time:
1 hr
20 min
40 min

8 to 10 servings

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, plus more for pan
  • 1 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • Chocolate gravy, recipe follows
  • 1/3 stick butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Cut in the shortening with a fork until it looks like cornmeal. Add the buttermilk, a little at a time, stirring constantly until well mixed.

  • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly 2 or 3 times. Roll out the dough with a floured rolling pin to 1/2-inch thickness. Cut dough into circles with a 2-inch cutter.

  • Place the biscuits in a greased iron skillet. Gently press down the top of the biscuits. Brush the biscuits with half the melted butter and bake for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Brush the hot biscuits with the remaining butter. Split the biscuits in half and ladle Chocolate Gravy over the hot biscuits.

Chocolate Gravy:
  • Heat butter in a cast iron skillet over low heat. Mix in sugar, flour and cocoa. Slowly pour 1 cup of milk into the skillet and whisk well to remove lumps. Whisk in remaining milk, stirring constantly, until mixture is thick, being careful not to scorch. Serve hot over biscuits.

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Just like my grandma's it was very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome! Our first time making biscuits....and I am NOT a gravy person...this is NOT what I consider gravy. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simply amazing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just like my Grandma used to make.Very easy to make.Really brings me back to the days when i was young.GREAT JOB PAULA!!! I still apprecieate you. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good recipe. I'm surprised you still have PD's recipes on here. I mean, if you're gonna toss the woman out on her ear, I'm a little surprised to find that you still want to make money off of her. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a family reunion must have on my dad's side. Then my mom got a hold of it and, genius that she is, made a vanilla version to put over waffles with fresh berries as well. Don't shoot me Paula, but I have a SUPER easy version of this that I work up in the microwave. I'm one of the baddies that measure everything by eye, so these might be a little off. 1 cup sugar, 3-4 Tbs corn starch, 4 Tbs coco powder, pinch of salt...mix it up in a microwave safe bowl. Slowly mix in about 3 cups of milk (I use whatever kind I have on hand, usually 1 or 2% also add about 1 tsp vanilla and 1 egg. Toss it in the microwave for about 5 minutes on high then whisk it like crazy. Give it another 3 minutes on high and beat it again. After that it will be thickening so just do it for another 1 minute at a time until it's as thick as you like it. For the vanilla version, just leave out the coco. Crazy easy right? I'm making it about once a week for my family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family is from Arkansas; us kids were born there but moved West when we were little. Everytime we returned for visits my Aunt always made Chocolate Gravy for us. She never used water in hers, always whole milk and sometimes a little heavy cream for added richness. Can anybody say AWESOME? !!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! I didn't experience chocolate gravy until I was in my early 20's when a good friend of mine fixed it for me. I had a huge craving for it this past week and sought out the recipe. Seeing Paula Deen had a recipe I knew it was a must try. My teenage boys had never heard of it and were very skeptical when they found out what I was making. Needless to say it was a hit! They loved it! I found that I slowly had to add a little more flour than the recipe called for in order to get it to thicken up. This will be a family favorite from now on! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I must have done something wrong with the biscuits. The biscuits were good while they were hot, but when they got cold or warm they became hard. That is to be expected when you have a family of 7 like I do. The gravy had to much chocolate. I will reduce the amount of cocoa from 1/3 cup to 2 tbsp. Otherwise the gravy was perfect! Thank you Mrs. Paula Deen. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Growing up, we called this soppin chocolate. We would have this with what we call side meat. My grandma made is all the time. Especially on Sunday nights..........loved that I found a very close match to it. Wouldn't you know that it would be from another southern gal, Paula Dean!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Let me tell you...I grew up eating Chocolate Gravy too! My grandmother used to make it for me everytime I would visit. My aunts would make it and my mother as well. I always thought it was just our family recipe because everytime I ever told anyone about it or asked if they tried it, they would say "what, chocolate gravy, eww." They just don't understand what they were missing! A GREAT THING TO ADD TO THIS WHILE EATING....BRACE YOURSELVES....A SPOON FULL OF PEANUT BUTTER and A TOUCH OF BUTTER. So Creamy and good! That's for all you who love the mixture of chocolate and peanut butter that is...and believe me it will put your tummy in a good mood. Makes you full real quick! I introduced my kids to Chocolate Gravy and maybe one day they will pass down the tradition. GREAT TO KNOW OTHERS HAVE HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCES AS I GROWING UP ON CHOCOLATE GRAVY!! Best regards, Keasha Garrett P.S. Don't forget the PEANUT BUTTER!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love Chocolate gravy with biscuits, I grew up eating it for breakfast here in Northern Alabama it is a staple, your recipe is what we all use, some use milk and others water. Thanks for sharing it with the world. Just break them biscuits up in your plate, pour the gravy over and add some butter, yum. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wonder if this is just a Southern Dish? I am also from Arkansas and we grew up eating this for breakfast. I like mine slightly thick and toss a few pats of butter on my plate to boot. None of my friends have ever heard of this and when I made it they were suprised. Its just nothing more than "Southern Love"! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I grew up eating choc daddy was from Arkansas and this was a family dish..he taught my mother. His was always a thicker than my mothers...either way it was good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a WONDERFUL recipe! Paula has such great ones but this one sure is a treat. My family loves LOVES it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make all kinds of gravy but, I've never made chocolate gravy! I can't wait to make it for my family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I remember having this dish as a boy in Nashville, Tennessee. It was just as I remembered it to be and will be eaten at the house again. I can't think of many dishes that come out of Tennessee that were bad. Tennessee takes pride in it's food dishes. Thank you Paula for bring this dish back to us. The secret to this dish is a combination of the buttermilk biscuit homemade in the traditional maner and the scratch made chocolate sauce, pudding mix just doesn't match up to it. Great Job!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I LOVE this recipe....REALLY. It was so easy to do, and the pecan praline topping was incredible. I had overnight company and made it up the night before. What a hit! And the smell as it was baking in the oven that morning, OH YEAH!!! Try it!!! Right now, I mean it! :O) item not reviewed by moderator and published
A more easier way is to buy a box of Jello chocolate cooking pudding & pie filling and pour it over your hot bisquits. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted the milk. I used one cup of lowfat milk and one cup of pet milk. It was not too rich, it was Deee-lish!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
the only thing I would change about this recipe is add a little salt! I grew up on this and this recipe is amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great basic recipe! I love to add a tablespoon of pure vanilla and a couple dashes of cayenne pepper for extra warmth on a cold winter morning! I also have a recipe here if anyone wants to stop by: <3 item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family has passed this down for years. My father grew up in Arkansas, and his mother used to make it. My mom learned and then passed it down to me. I've only met a few people that have even heard of it. We always have this for breakfast on Christmas morning! Ours is made with evaporated milk (Carnation or Pet) instead of regular milk, and we make a thickening of milk and cornstarch instead of using flour. It is delcious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
That should be 1/3 cup of butter for the gravy, instead of 1/3 of a stick. Adding a few chocolate chips doesnt hurt either. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't think I can give a good enough praise for this wonderful gravy. I have never had chocolate gravy before but I am hooked! I am 3 months pregnant and this dish will definitely be one of those weekend traditions for my family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have bugged my dad for years to PLEASE let me know how he used to make the chocolate gravy that we used to eat as kids but all he would ever say was "I don't have a recipe, I just add a lil of this and a lil of that" Do you know how frustrating that was??!! I am now grown with my own grown children who have never had the pleasure of even tasting chocolate and biscuits and now I am going to be able to make this for them and hopefully they will be able to keep this tradition alive in our family! Thanks for this recipe! I can't wait to make it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My Mother use to make Chocolate gravy when my brothers and sisters were growing up. Brings back so many memories. Mother did not use flour in her's. Here's her recipe. 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup cocoa 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 stick butter 1 teaspoon vannila 2/3 cup Carnation cream (enough to make a thick syrup) In a sauce pan mix sugar and cocoa well to remove lumps of chocolate. Add salt and cream. Stir while cooking on medium heat till sugar desolved. Add butter and vannila. Pour over homemade bisciuts and then die of sugar overload. Thanks. item not reviewed by moderator and published
i have been making thid dish for 19 yrs now i make it a little differant though but to make it devine i add vanella and a dash of nutmeg at the end of cooktime remember to smother your b with butter item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom past away this last year and I thought I would try to make it like she did, buttttt, it didnt come out like hers. So, I am going to use this recipe. This all the things she used!!!!! i knew Paula would have a recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
That Paula Deen being from the south, she would be familiar with this dish. I had chocolate gravy and biscuits over fourty years ago, and to date, none of my friends or aquaintences never heard of this recipe. Thank you Paula. From a loyal fan item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula, I'm a a "good ole' Southern girl" gone high tech....and when I tell my friends about growing up with chocolate gravy and buscuits they just don't believe me! I had a step-grandma that made it for us kids in the morning and uhhhmmmm, it was AWESOME! My mother tried her hand it once, and we'll just say she couldn't get this one THANK YOU THANK YOU THANKYOU.... I'm going to make this for my Finace' who also does not believe me on how good this is!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I haven't tried this recipe yet, but I am hoping it is what my MotheVr used to make when we were kids. I was telling someone about the Chocolate Gravy when we were kids just the other day. Then you had this recipe on TV. Looking forward to trying this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had lost my recipe for this and glad to have it again. This is how it is done with milk. I have had it made with water and it is awful. I suggest anyone that has only had it made with water try milk and then you will never go back to water. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Granny always made this at her house. I did not know there was anything else to eat for breakfast at Granny's besides cocoa gravy and biscuits. If you have never had this, you need to try it today. You will not be disappointed and you will make a memory in the process. Great job, Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My DAD used to make "biscuit and chocolate" for my sister and me when we were kids and maybe my mom was sleeping late on a Sunday morning. It had to be easy for him to be able to concoct it! I come from a long line of chocoholics! Thanks for sparking that memory. It is a pleasure to make this tasty treat for my own kids and husband. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Both my grandmothers used to make this for use kids.They only difference is they add vanilla, you should try it just 1tsp.I also add 1 extra tbs of flour and it still took it a while to thicken.I also have to say I am not a biscuit maker but I made your and wow.They were great!I will be making both over and over again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had never even heard of chocolate gravy until after my husband and I got married. His grandma used to make it for him when he was a little boy, and she passed away 22 years ago. His mom tried to make it several times after that and just never got it right. Well, when I saw your "chocolate" episode, I recorded it for my hubby so we could try your recipe. We made it this morning, and you should have seen the look on his face! He said it might even be better than his grandma's recipe!! Thanks so much for taking my husband for a trip down memory lane. He'll be forever grateful. (by the way, I tried it for the first time ever, and it really was delicious!) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula: I was raised on chocolate gravy. Oh YUM! It is a fantastic treat! My mom's receipe is a little different from the one you have posted. I honestly haven't tried your chocolate receipe yet, but I am sure it is just as wonderful as moms, but I think my mom's is a little easier to make. If it isn't offensive, I thought I'd share it with you. It is also great for lactose intolerant people, now that I think of it, cause I noticed yours is made with milk. 1/2 cup flour 1/2 cup sugar 2 to 3 tbl cocoa (your choice) 1 to 2 tbl butter (optional) splash of vanilla extract (can be imitation) 2 cups water Begin to boil 2 cups water on stove. Combine the flour, sugar and coca with just enough water in the bowl to mix it well, whisk until no lumps. Reduce heat to medium-high and pour chocolate mix slowly into boiling water, stirring constantly. Remove from heat immediately upon thickening. Add butter and vanilla, mix well....Done....Pour over hot biscuits. Takes about 10 mins. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula I have been trying to recreate my Great Grandma's recipe for "chocolate" for years. Thanks to you it has been done. When I was young I never took the time to ask how it was made (ratios that is) and then she was gone. I would hug you if you were here! It put a big smile on my face when I took that first bite and the memories of summer time in that came rushing back. Now I just need her white gravy recipe - do you have a line on that one??? Paula my kids think you rock! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Biscuits and chocolate gravy takes me back to my childhood in Alabama 50+ years ago. One of my friend's mom made this for breakfast whenever I'd spend the night and I remember thinking I'd gone to heaven. When I saw Paula make this on her show, I copied down the recipe and made it that same day. Since I'm diabetic and need to save the carbs for the biscuits, I made it with Splenda instead of sugar and reduced the flour to just one tablespoon. It was still wonderful. Thanks, Paula, for another great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Words don't do this chocolate gravy recipe justice! I'm a southern girl from Atlanta, but before one week in the summer of 1977 I hadn't experienced chocolate gravy. I was a child and had gone with a friend to spend a week at her grandmother's house in the hills of Tenn. This precious lady still cooked on a wood-burning stove...and needless to say we had chocolate gravy and biscuits every day for breakfast. I hadn't had it since...until today! I was out of milk this morning, so decided to use half-and-half and water instead--it was creamy and delicious! Thanks for sharing, Paula. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom made this for me when I was growing up, and I love it! This is a recipe that you must try! If you serve this, then kids will eat their breakfast! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a most comforting delight! It takes me back to my childhood. My mother is from Arkansas and settled in North East Texas, it's interesting to see that others have enjoyed this too. I'm very surprised that Paula didn't add a pad of butter to the top of the finished dish! Try it, it's delicous! This will continue to be a comfort that will be passed on. Thank you for posting it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Paula: Thank you so much for posting this recipe. My sister and I have been trying to get this recipe since my grandmom and my dad passed. My aunt (the only sister of my dad left) couldn't remember the ingrediants. We use to have this every Sunday morning when living in Texas with bacon and egss, it was almost a custom for us. Ummmmmmmmm! Stay Southern and don't get fancy on us! Love ya. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I grew up in Arkansas and around my house we always had chocolate gravy and bisquits on weekends! this is an amazing dish! sooooooooooo good! all my friends look at me like im crazy and go yuck! but once they try it they are in heaven!! paula you were correct in saying that people in Tennesse,kentucky,and Arkansas grew up on this! trust me everyone you will not be disapointed by this recipe,and its so easy to make! Thanks Paula! you made me think about my childhood! I love you Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mother-in-law taught me how to make chocolate gravy over 30 years ago. Now I'm teaching my sons, daughter-in-laws & grandchildren. Now that my mother-in-law has passed, this recipe always reminds us of her. The grandkids asks me to make it everytime they spend the night with us. It's become a family weekend tradition. Thanks, Paula item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW ! Never thought I would see this actually in print. All of those that have never had Chocolate Gravy. This is a MUST TRY! My Grandmother used to make this for us when I was very young. I once made it for some co-workers when I was living in Georgia... They had never heard of it. Well, needless to say there was not even a speck left ! Well Done Paula ! Terri item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hey Paula, I am originally from West Texas, and Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy is a family tradition! On Christmas Eve Morning, the entire family gets together at my Mom's house and feasts on the yummy goodness, with smokie sausages on the side. Mom cooks it in the largest pot she has, and adds a touch of vanilla to the gravy at the very end. It is one of my favorite things about Christmas!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hey Paula, I really want to thank you for sharing the recipe for Chocolate Gravy. I grew up in Mississippi and my Mamaw Doo used to fix it for me all the time, but i never got the recipe from her before she passed...I am really happy to have it now, and will be enjoining it once again and thinking of her and you. Thanks again, Keep the stove hot Mark Arnold item not reviewed by moderator and published
lol exactly item not reviewed by moderator and published