Southerners can’t get enough of biscuits and gravy. They are listed on every breakfast menu, immortalized in song, and officially celebrated three times a year: National Biscuits and Gravy Day observed on February 21 and December 2, along with National Biscuits and Gravy Week in September.
The Farmers Almanac says, “Biscuits and gravy have been around as long as this country. Born of necessity and frugality, the dish seems to have become commonplace during the Revolutionary War. Biscuits and gravy answered the need for a hearty, high-calorie breakfast for people who worked hard, but didn’t have much money on hand.” Gravy was made by adding milk or water to what was left in the pan after cooking sausage as a way to stretch the meal, while biscuits could be made from a variety of ingredients that might be on hand.