So I'm not starting that "no bacon" thing any time soon. Especially when, with a foot of snow, high winds, the driveway and Barkley's "path to the yellow snow", both needing some serious shoveling, Biscuits and Gravy just seemed the thing to do (recipe is for 3-4 folks, adjust as necessary).
- roughly 1/4 pound bacon
- 1/3 cup flour
- 1/3 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon maple sugar
- 2 and 1/2 cups milk plus 1/2 cup half and half (both at room temperature)
First cut the bacon into thirds. Put it into a large skillet and fry it over medium heat until cooked but not too brown. Remove the bacon and keep warm. Stir the flour into the bacon grease (you want no more than 1/4 cup fat, if you have really fatty bacon or make extra pieces, remove any excess fat beyond 1/4 cup and save for your green beans).
Whisk over low/medium heat until the flour absorbs the fat and is just turning golden brown. Add the salt, maple sugar and black pepper. Stir the milk a third at a time, whisking after each addition, allowing it to warm before adding additional milk. Stir it in slow, using the whisk to keep it from getting lumpy. Simmer (not a full rolling boil please!) for 3-5 minutes, until thickened, increasing heat as needed but NO more than medium. Serve over fresh Southern Biscuits (no cans!) sprinkled with the crumbled bacon pieces and a pinch or two of Sweet Paprika.