Southern Tomato Gravy
Tomato gravy is a home kitchen specialty rarely seen in restaurants. Some claim that tomato gravy isn't really gravy since it isn't always made with meat drippings and served over meat. We beg to differ: If it comes hot and silky from a saucepan and feels at home atop biscuits, rice, or grits, then that's gravy enough to suit us. Made with finely chopped tomatoes and their juices, rather than stock or milk, the recipe is rooted in Appalachia and might have originated as a delicious solution when a cook had no milk on hand, but had a glut of supple, juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes in the garden. Tomato gravy demands (and deserves) the most delicious tomatoes available at the moment. Other than the weeks when local tomatoes are at their peak, use canned tomatoes instead.