In a year that feels more like a decade, who’s in need of some childhood nostalgia this holiday season? Good news: as it turns out, recreating the comfort food you grew up loving is easier than you may think.
Earlier this year, Pioneer’s Head Research & Development Chef Brian Mannett took to the Pioneer Test Kitchen in the heart of San Antonio with one goal in mind—to capture the essence of his grandma’s home-cooked favorites in less time and for less money. The secret he discovered for punching up the flavor while cutting back on time? Gravy.
While it may come as a surprise to many, gravy can be used as more than just a tasty turkey topper. Not only can it be a rich and flavorful alternative to chicken stock in stuffing or casseroles, but gravy can be used for an added creamy infusion of flavor in soups, chowders, and stews.
A leader in gravy since 1851, Pioneer’s handcrafted gravy mix is available at your local grocery store. To download coupons or to view other gravy-infused innovative recipes like Country Mashed Potato Bites, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprout Cornbread Dressing, or Chicken, Cheddar and Macaroni Bake, visit www.PioneerBrand.com.
1 pkg. ( 6oz.) Pioneer Sweet Yellow Corn Muffin Mix, prepared
2 cups Pioneer Country Gravy Mix, prepared
8 oz. Bacon, thick cut, diced
2 each Red apples, core removed and diced into large pieces
1 cup Onion, sliced into half moons
1 tbsp. Garlic, sliced thin
1 tbsp. Sage, chopped
1½ cups Chicken stock
- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Dice prepared cornbread, about 1-inch pieces. Set aside.
- Brown the bacon in a skillet. When fully browned, remove bacon and drain all but 1 tbsp. of fat.
- In same skillet, sauté onions, garlic, sage, and apples. Sauté for 2 minutes on medium high heat. Transfer all contents of pan to a large bowl.
- In empty skillet, add the diced cornbread and top with contents of large bowl.
- Add chicken stock to prepared Pioneer Country Gravy Mix, then pour the contents over the ingredients in the skillet and stir to combine.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until internal temperature is above 150°F and top is browned and a bit crispy.
- Garnish with additional sage sprigs.
Tip: For added crunch, dice or slice an additional apple and add to top right before serving.
4 cups Leftover cooked turkey, cubed
6 slices Bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup Tomato, chopped, seeded
½ cup Green onions, chopped
1 package Pioneer Country Gravy Mix
½ cup Mayonnaise
1½ cup Colby-jack cheese, shredded
2 cups Pioneer Original or Buttermilk Biscuit and Baking Mix
2/3 cup Milk
2 tbsp. Butter or margarine, melted
- In large bowl, combine turkey, bacon, tomato, and onions; set aside.
- Prepare Pioneer Country Gravy Mix according to package directions. Stir in mayonnaise and cheese until well blended.
- Pour over turkey mixture; stir to coat. Pour into a 13”x9”x2” baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray.
- Prepare biscuits: In medium bowl, combine Pioneer Biscuit and Baking Mix, cheese, and milk. Stir until mixture forms a ball.
- Turn out onto surface dusted with additional biscuit mix. Knead 7–10 times.
- Roll out to ½-inch thickness. Cut with 2-inch cutter without twisting.
- Gently place biscuits on turkey mixture.
- Bake at 450°F for 12 to 15 minutes or until biscuit lattice is golden brown and turkey mixture is bubbly. Brush biscuits with melted butter.
1 tbsp. Vegetable oil
2 lbs. Beef stewing meat
8 oz. Tomato sauce
3 cups Beef stock
1 pkg. Pioneer Brown Gravy Mix
1 cup Red wine
1 diced Potato
½ cup Frozen peas
½ cup Frozen carrots
- In a medium sauce pot, heat olive oil over medium-high flame.
- Once oil is hot, sear the beef. Stir every couple of minutes.
- Cook out excess moisture from the meat, and add tomato sauce and beef stock.
- Reduce the mixture by half over high heat.
- Whisk together Pioneer Brown Gravy Mix and red wine. Whisk away any lumps.
- Add gravy mixture and potatoes to the pot, and cook until thickened
- Continue to cook over high heat, checking for consistency. You want the sauce to coat the meat.
- Once the potatoes are done, turn heat to low and fold in frozen peas and carrots.
- Let rest for 5 minutes to heat the vegetables all the way through.
- Enjoy in a large casserole dish with the whole family!