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Uncle Ellis' Cornmeal Gravy

Uncle Ellis' Cornmeal Gravy is inspired by the childhood memories from his chef de cuisine of food enjoyed in the Mississippi Delta.


This recipe goes with Tyler's Country-Fried Steak with Uncle Ellis' Cornmeal Gravy

Southern Living JANUARY 2012

  • Yield: Makes about 1 2/3 cups
  • Hands-on: 20 Minutes
  • Total: 20 Minutes


  • 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


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.


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Uncle Ellis' Cornmeal Gravy Recipe