Today I'm breaking the official lunch lady code. I'm divulging a "secret" school recipe. OK, it's probably not secret, but I feel like I'm doing something bad... and I like it!! A while back (while I was still a substitute custodian at the elementary school) I got an email from a friend asking if I could get my hands on the schools hamburger gravy recipe. My eyes lit up. I always loved the schools gravy, but could never figure out how to make it. This was my chance to snag the recipe. I had been working at the school for several months and couldn't believe I hadn't thought of the idea myself. I marched in the kitchen with purpose the day I asked the school cook Rose for the recipe and she happily spilled the beans. When it was gravy day at school I was so excited because it had been years since I eaten the real deal. I seriously considered licking the plate. It was SO good!!! Rose was so impressed by my enthusiasm she sent an extra portion of it home with me to photograph for you. I hope you enjoy this gravy recipe as much as I do. I'm giving you the exact school recipe, so I'm sure you'll want to cut it down (unless you need to feed over 100 people!). Enjoy :)
**UPDATE** I wanted to let you know I raided the spice cabinet and found the kitchen bouquet. It's a liquid browning and seasoning sauce. Unless you already own this item and know you like it I wouldn't buy a bottle of it. The other school cook says they don't always use it and you can't tell the difference!
NORTHWEST HAMBURGER GRAVY
30 lb ground beef
2 gallons water
2 cups beef base
1 TBSP pepper
2 TBSP kitchen bouquet
3 cups corn starch mixed with 4 cups water
Cook, drain and rinse ground beef (the school boils it). Crumble meat until its a very fine texture (look at picture). Bring 2 gallons water to a boil. Add beef base, pepper and kitchen bouquet. Mix in corn starch and water mixture and stir until thickened. Add cooked ground beef. This recipe makes 177 2 oz. servings.
*The school serves this with mashed potatoes*