On Sunday, we had brunch at my in-law's house and I brought the ingredients for my family's tomato gravy. My husband fondly remembers the first time he tasted this (15 years ago) at my parents' lake house. He loved it! It's one of those southern gravies a lot of people have never had, but like once they try it. It is super-easy!
2-3 Tb Bacon grease or butter or olive oil
Chopped onion (or onion powder)
2-3 Tb Flour
Chopped garlic (or garlic powder)
3 Cans tomato "sauce"
Melt the bacon grease or other 'fat' in a saute pan and saute the chopped onions (if using fresh) until translucent. Add the chopped garlic (if using fresh). Add the flour and stir to form a rue. Let the flour cook for a minute or so until it turns a light brown. This would be the time to add the seasonings like onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Once the rue has turned a light brown, add the cans of tomato sauce and let bubble for a minute before turning heat on low to prevent splattering.
Tomato gravy is delicious on toast and scrambled eggs.