I have to just get a few things out of the way before I start into the AMAZINGNESS of this dish.
1. Do you have a heart problem? Don’ eat this, you may die!
2. If you don’t LOVE peanut butter, then you may not like this. Everything in this dish is meant to enhance the peanut butter.
3. Are you too scared to try something other then mama’s home cookin biscuits and gravy? Then don’t, your loss.
Friday morning I logged onto twitter to find a tweet from Peanut Butter Boy: Nick. Not a tweet to me, just a tweet, in general. The Great Peanut Butter Exhibition. What, this has been up for days, and I am JUST finding out about it? Immediately I responded and knew I had a a new task for the weekend.
I could live on peanut butter alone. I know, sort of a bold statement, but I could. And I am willing to try ANYTHING with peanut butter in it.
I have a friend who loves peanut butter as much as me. So I asked him what kind of ideas he had. He said, “What about a peanut butter gravy?” Oh snap, that sounds perfect! Gravy on what? Biscuits, duh. Biscuits and gravy are my favorite road trip, trucker diner menu item. Ah hem, fat girl trapped in a skinny body, my husband didn’t think up this name without some sufficient research. Yes, I freaking love fatty, buttery, bad for you food. But those foods are the exception, not the rule. So this morning, I bring to you my exception: Peanut butter Gravy over Biscuits. And what goes sooo well dipped in peanut butter? Apples!! And what goes with everything? CHEESE! So I added some.
I will post the biscuits recipe/pictures this week. In the meantime (or in case I forget to post them) I got the biscuit recipe from Homesick Texan. I subbed half whole wheat flour and used whole milk instead of buttermilk. But everything else stayed the same.
4 biscuits (use any kind you like)
2 apples, thinly sliced
4 slices of cheddar cheese
1 batch of Bacon gravy
Mmmm, bacony! I found myself dipping slices of cheese into the gravy, don’t sweat the technique. I decided, if I ever open a restaurant, bakery, cafe, whatever you want to call it, this dish will be on the menu. Yes, I love it that much.
Peanut Butter Gravy Recipe
6 strips thick bacon, reserve the grease
1 tbsp all purpose flour
3 to 4 cups of milk, or as needed (I used 1%)
1/2 cup peanut butter
Freshly ground pepper
1 tsp salt
Brown the bacon in a pan.
*I used a 9 inch skillet without non stick spray. The bacon has enough grease to prevent sticking.
Once the bacon is fully browned, take it out and set aside. Chop the bacon once it has cooled enough to touch. Keep the grease in the pan.
Turn the pan onto low/medium heat and slowly whisk the flour into the grease, stirring constantly until smooth, cooking for about 3-5 minutes. Scrape all the pieces stuck to the bottom. MMM, that gives some good flavor!
Slowly begin whisking in the first two cups of milk until fully incorporated and mixture begins to bubble. Whisk in the peanut butter. Continue whisking in additional milk a little bit at a time, until the gravy reaches the desired consistency. It will get thick! If you like it thinner, you will need more milk.
Grind some pepper directly into the gravy, add salt, and return the bacon bits to the skillet. Stir to mix. Serve over biscuits with sliced apples and cheese.
Over the past 6 months I have been getting better at my food photography. Not good, by no means would I ever venture to say I’m good. Because there actually are GREAT food photographers out there, and they deserve credit! Me, I am still learning. I have read some blogs and even have a book on food photography. So I am absorbing all the tips and tricks they use. One thing I read recently said, “Don’t plan on eating the food you use for photoshoot.” I understand their wise advice. The food has probably been sitting there for hours (I guess some people may take that long) and is laced with salmonella or cold, or just plain gross after that long. I am not a HUGE rule follower, per say. So here goes, camera in the left hand, fork in the right hand, food moving towards my mouth as I click the picture.
“OH MY GOSH. Jon, COME HERE. I DID IT. I made something that BLEW MY MIND.” Jon cracked up because he thinks it is hilarious when I impress myself. I made this from scratch, with my own knowledge and skills and it turned out to be INCREDIBLE! I was literally scraping the gravy pan for every ounce of gravy and just eating it off the spoon.