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Uncle Ellis' Cornmeal Gravy

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Annette Joseph
Hands-on time 20 mins
Total time 20 mins
Yield Makes about 1 2/3 cups
Uncle Ellis' Cornmeal Gravy is inspired by the childhood memories from his chef de cuisine of food enjoyed in the Mississippi Delta. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain red or white cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon bacon drippings
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup hot water

How to Make It

  1. Cook cornmeal in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, 4 to 5 minutes or until golden brown. Stir in salt, pepper, and drippings. Stir together buttermilk and hot water; gradually whisk into cornmeal mixture. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened. Whisk in additional buttermilk for desired consistency.