Every so often I get questions from blog readers that I think other blog readers would like the answer to as well. When that happens, I answer the questions here on the blog. Today is one of those days.
All of the question and comments I’m addressing today are relate to a recent hamburger post I wrote. I showed this picture of our freezer full of meat. On reader commented that she liked the dividers. That made me smile and laugh. Hubby made these dividers a long time ago. It was his idea. The pieces interlock. They were made out of complete scrap but we love them. It keeps the meat divided and makes it really easy to find what I’m looking for.
In the post I was also lamenting about missing hamburger. I had listed that one of the things I missed making was hamburger gravy. A blog reader asked what hamburger gravy was and could I share the recipe. I’ll be honest. This comment surprised me. I thought hamburger gravy was a universal, everyone made it thing….apparently not.
To check myself I asked Hubby if his mom made hamburger gravy because mine sure did and I do too. He said his mom did too. That’s not a very good test sample as our moms were pretty similar, both were farm wives, both lived in relatively the same area, and both were in the same age range. Curiously do others of you make hamburger gravy and/or did you mom’s make hamburger gravy? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Anyway, I made hamburger gravy the other night for supper and snapped some photos as I did….Here’s how I do it:Be forwarned…this really isn’t a real recipe. It is a picture guide to how I cook…
I start by browning the hamburger. Use however much you want…this is forgiving. In the days when all the kids were home, I used 2 pounds and made the gravy thinner. Now that they are gone, I use two pounds. The gravy is thicker and we have leftovers.
Add an onion to it when it’s almost done. When I have them, I add mushrooms too but that’s not what mom did. Don’t drain the hamburger. Throw in a handful of flour. Stir it up and absorb the grease.
Add some milk. I also add a can of Cream of Chicken (or Mushroom) soup.
Stir it up. Add a few dollops of sour cream. If you’re feeding a lot, add more milk. If you’re feeding fewer and like thick gravy, add less milk. Here’s when I add spices too…a little pepper, a little onion powder…whatever your family likes.
Enjoy eating it over mashed potatoes-bread or noodles.
I think this is a “pre-hamburger helper” recipe. It’s super fast and universal.
In complete disclosure my mom didn’t add the sour cream. I started that. That’s mostly because my family takes on sour cream as it’s own food group..honest.
Anyway…as I wrote this, Kelli called me. Her husband Jason was in the vehicle with her. We tested him and found his mom did not make hamburger gravy. Hmmm….could it be an older generation thing? Could it be a Southern Minnesota thing. Tell me…curious minds want to know how many of you grew up eating hamburger gravy.