Moms Southern Tomato Gravy

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Total Time
10 mins
8 mins

As kids we loved when mom made this gravy.She typically served it with corn bread,some type of green and fried ham.

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  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 12 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I use corn)
  • 1 (14 1/2 ounce) can tomatoes
  • 14 12 ounces water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper


  1. Melt butter and oil in skillet.
  2. Add flour and brown slowly.
  3. Do not burn and keep mixture spreadable.
  4. After browning ,remove from heat to cool.
  5. After cooling add tomatoes ,juices and water.
  6. Stir thoroughly.
  7. Return to heat stirring constantly untill mixture comes to a boil.
  8. Remove from heat,add salt , pepper and sugar.
  9. Stir and serve.
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5 5

This was excellent and easy. I put it over cornbread as some suggested yum yum. thanks for the great recipe

5 5

Easy to make and tastes great. Used margarine instead of butter since I wanted to make it non-dairy. It is very good on meatloaf and I just have to try it with toast and poached egg as Miss Annie mentioned in her review, sounds scrumptious! Found that half a teaspoon salt and about seven turns on the pepper mill was just right for spices. Thanks for posting.

5 5

I love this gravy. When I make this Southern dish, I usually use it on meatloaf. Leftovers are used for breakfast. Toast, poached egg, and Tomato Gravy. Now that is some serious good stuff. I made this as you wrote it, and it's so similar to mine. Sometimes, if I have it on hand, I use bacon drippings instead of the butter to give it another layer of taste. Thanks so much for posting this recipe.