We were poor but we were proud. When Mama fixed this meal we would have sworn it was the best of the best meat and gravy. Not knowing that she was serving this because she couldn’t afford anything else. Mama just gave that special touch to the gravy and light bread. We still get excited to this day when mama makes this for us.


¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
Garlic powder to taste
2 dashes hot Sauce, or to taste
½ teaspoon Cajun Seasoning, or to taste
2 cups half and half or milk
2 small jars dried beef, chopped
Plenty of buttered toast

Melt butter over medium heat, add flour and stir until smooth. Season the flour mixture with garlic powder, hot sauce and Cajun seasoning. Slowly add milk and stir until flour and milk mixture is smooth. Add chopped dried beef to mixture. Increase heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is bubbly. Reduce heat and sauce will thicken. Serve over buttered toast or French bread. Top with a fried egg (optional but recommended).

Note: Dried beef is salty, can be rinsed lightly to reduce salt.