Gravy with Bacon and Mushrooms: Cook 4 slices chopped bacon in a large skillet until crisp, about 7 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon; discard all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Add 1 diced shallot, 4 ounces stemmed and sliced cremini mushrooms and 1 teaspoon chopped thyme to the skillet; cook, stirring, until the mushrooms start browning, about 8 minutes. Add two 18-ounce jars homestyle gravy and 1 cup water. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until warmed through, about 7 minutes. Stir in the bacon.
Photography by Jeff Harris