Independence Meal – A meal in which ALL or most of the ingredients are grown right here on our land. Homegrown Meal Ingredients are colored GREEN.
First you begin the homefries. Peel and chop the potatoes, the onions and mince the garlic. Get out a big skillet (I prefer cast iron) and add about 1/4 inch of fat …lard, bacon grease, beef tallow, rendered chicken fat, refined coconut oil, peanut oil..whatever your fancy.
Let it heat up really hot and then add the potatoes, it is imperative that the oil be REALLY hot just like when deep frying french fries ‘cept you’re pan frying them. When the potatoes are about 1/3 of the way cooked, add the chopped onion and garlic, don’t add them at the beginning or else they’ll just be little black carbonous bits in your pan by the end. When the homefries are nice and crispy and cooked through I like to finish them off with salt and pepper and a bit of fresh minced parsley from the garden.
Remove the homefries from the pan and put into a bowl, cover with dishtowel and put in a warm oven while the eggs and gravy are being prepared. Everybody likes their eggs done differently around here, some like ’em fried and others like scrambled and sometimes who likes what can change from day to day. So, using the same pan and the leftover grease from frying the potatoes and adding more grease if necessary, I make the milk gravy following this protocol: for every 1 tbsp. of fat I use 1 heaping tbsp. of flour and 1 cup of milk.
Heat the grease up real hot again and add the flour, stir with a wooden spoon until it is nice and smooth, let it “brown” for a couple minutes before adding the milk. Add the milk, we like A LOT of gravy so I use a whole QUART of fresh milk from our goats, and then turn down the heat a bit. Whisk the gravy real good until it starts to boil and thickens up, then remove from heat to back of stove, season with salt and pepper and apply lid to keep warm.
Cook up the eggs, however your family likes them, and then serve it all up. This is a real “stick to yer ribs” kind of meal, meant to be eaten after mornin’ chores and followed by the hard day’s work that is inherent to life in the country, not the type of meal I would recommend be followed by sittin’ on ass and watching TV 😀