14 in 2014: Try four new recipes, Part 2

Meat gravy!

Meat gravy!

**Every season, I post a set of goals that I set out to accomplish. I track my progress here on my blog. I like the challenge of setting goals – it helps me to accomplish so much more. This post features my Winter 14 goals**

When I was a in first grade, we had to fill out a worksheet about our favorite things.  I very clearly remember what I wrote as my favorite food: my mom’s mashed potatoes with meat gravy.  This gravy was made with ground beef and a can of cream of mushroom soup, plus other stuff that I don’t remember.  It was SO good.  I’ve missed that flavor for years.  It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten anything with cream of mushroom soup – one look at the ingredients label is enough to scare me away.  So this weekend, I decided to try to recreate this childhood favorite using natural, whole ingredients.

Reliving my childhood

Reliving my childhood

I made traditional mashed potatoes (not officially “paleo”, but it’s all whole foods), and heated up some peas.  For the gravy, I fried up some bacon (why not?), and then browned the ground beef in bacon grease.  I chopped up the bacon, chopped up some portobellos, onions and garlic, and sauteed it all together.  I then added vegetable broth (I’d rather use homemade beef stock, but I didn’t have any on hand), simmered it, added some arrowroot starch to thicken it, and finally added a little heavy cream.

The results: Amazing!  It’s so, so good, and even my husband likes it.  This will be making a regular rotation in my kitchen now.

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