Gravy boat?

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2004/05/05 14:37:16 (permalink)

Gravy boat?

The photo accompanying today's featured restaurant reminded me of a conversation I had with my brother-in-law several years ago, as we ate mashed potatoes at a family meal.

As I poured gravy over my potatoes, he (somewhat jokingly) admonished me for not "indenting" or caving in the middle of the potato mound, in which to pour the gravy. I (somewhat jokingly) replied that I'm an adult, with no need to play with my food. Besides, the idea of a gravy (or butter) pool simply didn't appeal to me.

Is this a personal preference? A regional thing? I suspect it's a personal preference and nothing more...kind of like licking your fingers before turning a page in a book or magazine (yeech).

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    renfrew
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 14:50:00 (permalink)
    I think it is a personal preference. Personally, i dont do it either. I really have no reason as to why, just that I like pouring my gravy over things, not in to little gravy boats as you put it.

    I should say that I do play with my food. To the annoyance of my wife. But only with the food that is left on my plate. The fact that there is food left on my plate annoys some of my friends, to which I reply that I am an adult and I know what portion control means.

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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 15:09:49 (permalink)
    With mashed potatoes I always make a dent for the gravy. In fact, it is illegal in most jurisdictions to pour gravy on mashed potatoes that have not been dented.
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    renfrew
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 15:14:45 (permalink)
    In my jurisdiction it is illegal to pour gravy into a tater dent if you are over 8 y.o
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 15:26:06 (permalink)
    I always put a dent in my mashed taters ..... I just do it without thinking (hmmm, I seem to do that alot lately ! ) !!! I figure that way I can get more gravy on my plate !!!!
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 15:43:54 (permalink)
    Life is too short not to have fun playing with my food. I make the craters in mashed potatoes and eat from the center outward to maintain the illusion as long as possible.

    A particlarly leafy celery stalk might inspire me to turn it into a palm tree rising above a meat loaf island in the middle of a sea of Rice-a-Roni and other ever weirder presentations.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 15:45:17 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by scbuzz

    I always put a dent in my mashed taters. I figure that way I can get more gravy on my plate !!!!


    I agree with scbuzz, since I lake gravy a LOT more than I like mashed potatoes. In fact, I will usually form the potatoes into a dike around a virtual lake of gravy. I also really don't really care for the gravy getting on certain vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, and beets come to mind, or a salad if it is not in a separate dish ). In the case of a hot beef (turkey, etc.) sandwich, then it doesn't matter as much as the gravy is going over everything on the plate.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 15:48:38 (permalink)
    I like the Richard Dreyfuss/ Close Encounters way of serving mashed potatoes.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 15:57:17 (permalink)
    I believe it is proper etiquette to not dent the mashed potatoes. I do, I want as much gravy as I can get, even if it gives me heart burn these days. I also do not want my veggies messing up the gravy.

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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 17:03:19 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Cakes

    I believe it is proper etiquette to not dent the mashed potatoes. I do, I want as much gravy as I can get, even if it gives me heart burn these days. I also do not want my veggies messing up the gravy.

    Cakes



    Hmmm...the "I don't want my food touching each other" consideration. Hadn't thought about that. I know you're not necessarily saying that you don't want ANY of your food to touch, but I can see why some folks might not like their gravy to touch other food.

    There's potato and gravy etiquette? Martha should have a blast in prison.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 17:55:28 (permalink)
    Etiquette? Remember, Miss Manners reminds us that if you're eating alone, how you eat is no concern of others, so please relax and enjoy your dinners. Miss Manners also reminds us that the worst etiquette mistake possible is to correct the etiquette of others. I just loved learning I'm not the only one who eats my MP&G from the inside out. But wait, it gets worse! I have to keep that gravy in the "well" so I have plain potatoes so I can do this bad thing my Electra, Texas-born friend does, which is take a forkful of spuds, push it into your peas, then take the combination into your mouth. See why the gravy would interfere with that? It's delicious. Gravy better than the potatoes? Ask me for my recipe--just don't ask anyone else to make them for you, do it yourself.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 19:31:17 (permalink)
    Personally, I dent.. mainly for aesthetic reasons, I'm really not a big gravy fan ..except for cream gravy. I prefer it over the meat, not the potatoes if truth be known....i'm not a big mashed potato fan.. I prefer crispy potatoes with gravy.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 20:10:41 (permalink)
    Actually, I think etiquette says if you want a well in your mashed potatoes you should make it with the gravy ladle as you put the gravy on.

    I personally don't give a damn, I am just running off at the keyboard. You can ladle it into your mouth as far as I am concerned. Well, maybe not quite that far, but you know what I mean.

    Which side does the bread plate belong on?

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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 21:16:43 (permalink)
    Make a well...cover your peas and Cole Slaw, Get a cup beside your plate for dipping any and everything you want to dip... Just make it good and enjoy evry dripping mouthful.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/05 21:54:33 (permalink)
    I just plain like the way the well looks. The owner of the worst restaurant I've ever cooked at admonished me for making the dent, saying it was a 'diner trick' and she would have none of it.
    Thinking about it I can't really get too emotional about the whole thing. Great topic though.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/06 08:44:02 (permalink)
    I design a lake of gravy surrounded by mashed potatos. I then eat the potatos and gravy starting around the inner perimeter. Its sort of like making a "minus" dough;instead of mixing the flour with the water, you eat the potatos and gravy.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/06 10:08:20 (permalink)
    Actually that "dent" formed in the mashed potatos by the bottom of the gravy ladle keeps the gravy from slopping sll over the place as the plate is passed or carried out from the kitchen to a table. At home i only dent the potaoes if the plate is REALLY full and theres a table clouth im not supposed to get dirty. My uncle simply put a bowl of gravy next to his plate and dipped every fork!
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2004/05/06 10:58:31 (permalink)
    Oh but I likes slopping gravy!

    i think it is more the volcano or snow capped mountain effect that I like. A mountain of mashed with graving pouring down the sides. Appeals to me aesthetically.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2006/03/12 01:38:41 (permalink)
    As a child, we all made dents in our mashed potatoes! It was a must at Grandma's house. Then you have a cute little grave lake and then you eat from the bottom and watch as the gravy becomes a river...This maybe be a Midwestern thing...lol (Michigan here)
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2006/03/12 06:55:20 (permalink)
    It dosen't matter to me. Just pass the damn Gravey. Chow Jim
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2006/03/12 09:26:59 (permalink)
    How to tell if your mashed potato's need gravy:



    --YES--



    --NO--
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2006/03/12 10:17:07 (permalink)
    Funny that this subject should be resurrected. I'm a senior citizen and still make sure I have a good reservoir of gravy in the middle of my mash potatoes. I can't remember going to a restaurant recently where my mash potatoes and gravy didn't come that way. But, to each his (or her) own.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2006/03/12 14:32:04 (permalink)
    I'm 46 years old and I still make the dent, and then eat around the edges to maintain structual integrity until the last minute. Once the breach occurs, however, I scramble madly to incorporate the gravy into the potatoes. Thereby my potato/gravy ratio is increased.

    I also eat my handburgers in a circle from the outside in, as well as my sandwiches.

    I don't consider it playing, however. It's not like I burst into spontaneous giggles when I do it.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2006/03/12 16:23:24 (permalink)
    Yes, I also make sure occupants living below gravy level are protected using a potato levee system. For good gravy I prefer eating from the inside out to provide maximum gravy staturation for overly salty gravy i'll eat outside in and use a dipping system. The gravy levee also provides centrally located, unadultrated gravy for dipping of various poultry/meat products. Using this system I can control gravy distribution for the entire plate.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2006/03/12 16:46:35 (permalink)
    I just read a report issued by the "American Medical Association" warning that making dents in mashed potatos causes can cause cancer.There's a strong push on to put a warning lable on potatos.
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    RE: Gravy boat? 2006/03/14 06:03:13 (permalink)
    ... gravy irrigation is a serious topic. Windmills have been used by the Dutch for centuries to control gravy levels ... they are very advanced, the Dutch.
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