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
    This was awesome! Our first time making biscuits....and I am NOT a gravy person...this is NOT what I consider gravy. Delicious!
    Simply amazing!! 
    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.
    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.
    lol exactly
    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.
    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? !!!!!
    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!
    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.
    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!!!
    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!!
    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.
    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"!
    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.
    This is a WONDERFUL recipe! Paula has such great ones but this one sure is a treat. My family loves LOVES it.
    I make all kinds of gravy but, I've never made chocolate gravy! I can't wait to make it for my family.
    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!!
    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)
    A more easier way is to buy a box of Jello chocolate cooking pudding & pie filling and pour it over your hot bisquits.
    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!!
    the only thing I would change about this recipe is add a little salt! I grew up on this and this recipe is amazing!
    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
    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!
    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.
    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.
    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!!!
    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.
    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
    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!
    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
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