Mmmm…. Hot Biscuits with Tomato Gravy

Tomato Gravy on Biscuit
There are days in our house when the pantry is almost empty and the produce bin only holds a few [slightly shriveled] carrots and potatoes. For some reason, this is when I tend to revert to the cooking of my childhood….downhome Southern cooking.

Last Monday night was one of those nights. I rummaged through the cabinets and freezer and found the following: a can of black-eyed peas, a can of diced tomatoes, a bag of frozen okra, a container of tofu, and a jar of my mom’s pear relish. Oh what a feast we had! Tomato gravy over hot biscuits, black-eyed peas topped with pear relish, and pan-fried tofu [substitute chicken breasts here if the thought of tofu scares you!]

Here’s my recipe for tomato gravy, just in case you need it some day.

Tomato Gravy
14 oz.can diced tomatoes
1 c. frozen okra (fresh if you have it)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp. minced fresh basil (optional)
1/2 c. water
1 1/2 Tbsp. rice flour

Combine the tomatoes, okra, and garlic powder in a large skillet over medium heat. Let this simmer for approximately 20 minutes. While it’s simmering you can get started on the "Gluten Free Drop Biscuits Recipe". After 20 minutes the okra should be tender and you can use the back of a large spoon to smash the okra. Continue simmering the gravy until the rest of the meal is ready, then stir in the basil, water and rice flour. The flour should cause the tomatoes and okra to thicken to a more gravy-like consistency in less than a minute.

Related Posts:
"All Purpose Gluten Free Flour Mix Recipe"
"Gluten Free Drop Biscuits Recipe"
"Finally, Really Good Sandwich Bread: Our Favorite Gluten Free Bread Recipe"
"Gluten Free Pizza Recipe"


  1. I have enjoyed all of your entries so far! I look forward to trying them soon! Black-eyed peas and okra (I love it!) Are you in the South?

  2. Natalie, thanks for your comment – it was my first! I am in the South – we live in Birmingham, AL and I was born and raised about two hours from here. I’m glad you’re enjoying the posts; I hope to get recipes for pancakes, sandwich bread, and pizza posted over the next few days. I’ve been on a bit of a bread kick lately =)