Oct 12, 2009

Comfort food

You know what tastes great after an epic night of drinking?



Sausage gravy and biscuits.  Oh, man...as soon as I saw that it was breakfast special at the diner this morning I knew I didn't have to look any further. You don't get a good low country breakfast like this just any old day here in the Northeast.

So how do you follow that up later on in the day?



A big sauerbraten meal cooked by yours truly.  I prepared the meat on Tuesday, so it had been marinating in my secret pickling blend for most of a week.  Three hours in the oven covered in the marinade, sliced to perfection and served with a ginger snap gravy.  My mother made some mac & cheese and my sister made some brats and sauerkraut.  Everything was delicious.

Now I'm gonna sleep for a week or so.  Woof.

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Note: Remember to play the Bug-Eyed Trivia Challenge every day. Did I just see a woman in a cart being pulled by a minature horse or am I hallucinating?

18 comments:

Mik said...

That second dish looks yum, the first, not so much, for some reason biscuits and gravy just doesn't do it for me.

2abes said...

you do know how to eat! is your secret pickling recipe for you or the beef?

Paticus said...

I had friends in college who loved to eat biscuits and gravy either when drunk or hung over, and I must admit, I never understood it. I can't help it...It looks like someone threw up on a breakfast plate

sybil law said...

Oh my GOD that food looks so good right now. I am not hungover!
So can you post the recipe for that dish you made?! It looks unbelievable!

B.E. Earl said...

Mik - Oh, I agree that it can and does look awful. But the taste...

2abes - a little of both.

Paticus - see comment for Mik above.

Sybil - Basically here is what I did: Took a four pound bottom round roast. Jabbed a bunch of deep holes in it. Then marinated it in 1 cup of cider vinegar, 1 cup of red wine vinegar, 1 cup of water, some peppercorns, all-spice, cloves, chopped carrots, chopped onion and a bay leaf for 4-5 days. Then you remove the meat from the marinade, pat dry, dredge with a little flour and braise on all sides in a little vegetable oil. Then it goes in the oven at 375 for 3-4 hours in a covered Dutch oven or roaster pan along with the marinade. After it is done you remove the meat from the marinade to let cool. Then you drain the marinade and use the just the juice to make a gravy using gingersnap cookies to thicken the stock. Slice the meat against the grain (it will fall apart because it is so tender if you don't) and heap a generous portion of gravy on top. Choke it down with an Oktoberfest beer. Tada!

savannah said...

wow! back in the day, that would have made me a very happy girl! now all i can think of is what that would do to my cholesterol levels! xoxoxxo

downtown guy said...

I'm eating biscuits and gravy right now.

Wil said...

Oh God Damn that breakfast looks good!

Wil Harrison.com

hello haha narf said...

you fucken fuck, i am CRAVING and totally coveting your breakfast. dammit, i need that. NOW.

Jennifer and Sandi said...

Holy cow how I do like the grease the day after!!! We ventured for greasy Ham and Cheese omelets!

*TINK*

- Jennifer

marty mankins said...

I love biscuits and gravy. That plate of food looks so good.

And yes, you are right, that is perfect after a night of drinking.

B.E. Earl said...

Savannah - sometimes ya gotta splurge.

DG - knew you would understand. ;)

Wil - I could go for it all over again!

Becky - Don't blame me. Blame the diner I went to yesterday morning.

Jenn - the grease does do wonders for the belly the next day, don't it?

Marty - the only thing that could have made it better was a full 8 hours or so of sleep beforehand. Not the 3-4 that I actually got.

Jimmy Bastard said...

The slaver is running in torrents down my chin at the sight of this lovely nosh... I'm off to raid the fridge.

Poppy said...

That sauerbraten looks sooooooo good, I would not mind if you made that for me. Just sayin'. ... :D

Mrs. Holly Hall said...

your like some type of culinary genius.

wow. i thought a few recipes were like a fluke but DAYUM EARL!!

so, had fish sticks, minute rice with pineapple chunks. because that's how the Hall rolls until I don't have chase a two year old around whilst cooking.

someday, o yes, someday I will partake of the complicated and labor intensive recipes. :)

B.E. Earl said...

Jimmy - hoping you the best in your quest!

Poppstar - Just sayin, eh? ;)

Holly - I'm all about the cookin'! And it really isn't that hard. About a half hour of prep work and then a whole lot of waiting. The gravy is sooo easy.

Ren said...

That breakfast looks awesome. Jealous that all I had was a sausage English muffin....

B.E. Earl said...

REn - that sound pretty good too! Nice meeting you, by the way!