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2003/07/23 09:22:39 (permalink)

Swamp Gravy

With all of the talk on the board about fish fries, gumbo, okra, etc., a true SOUTHERN Fish Fry is not complete without Swamp Gravy. While this dish is as individual as the person who makes it, here is a basic recipe to begin with.

Swamp Gravy

2 large potatoes, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 14 oz can whole kernel Corn
1 28 oz can of crushed red tomatoes
1 14 oz can cut okra
1 28 oz can water (use the tomato can to measure)

Pour grease in which you used to fry your fish up into old coffee can and set aside for the next time you fry fish. Put frying pan back on the burner. Heat on high. Add all the ingredients to the drippings in the bottom of the frying pan. Add water. Stirring constantly until vegetables are done and liquid is thickened.

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    Lone Star
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 09:49:31 (permalink)
    How long do you cook it? I don't think I have ever had it.

    I would like to add green tomato relish as a must side dish with the fish.
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 10:08:05 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Lone Star

    How long do you cook it? I don't think I have ever had it.

    I would like to add green tomato relish as a must side dish with the fish.


    It's easier to cook it AFTER you cook the fish using some of the same oil, etc. Simply cook until veggies are done. When potatoes are tender, everything else should be ready. It's also good to include some of the broken up pieces of the fried fish, etc., that didn't make it through the frying process. Green tomato relish Don't forget the sliced Vidalia onions, also...
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 10:59:22 (permalink)
    Thought I knew all about Southern fish fries (know all about that "save the grease" part), but Swamp Gravy is something totally new to me. Never even heard of it. Sound like a delicious dish, but I would have never thought of it with the fish base or as something to be served with fish. Am sure its good that way, but do you ever prepare it from and to go with say fried chicken, chicken fried steak, pork chops, ham, or other meats? In what part of the south are you located, Adjudicator? Maybe this is like burgoo, stew, or whatever you call it, being a common accompanyment to barbecue in South Carolina. but yet is something I've never seen or heard of being done in this part of the South. Swamp Gravy is another great example of the interesting and useful new items one can learn from this website. Agree with you, Lone Star, on the green tomato relish (and also some onion) being absolute necessity to go along with any fried fish.
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 11:14:40 (permalink)
    I am going to have to add the "swamp gravy" to our next fish fry. I use a cast iron kettle on an outdoor propane burner for the fish, fries, and hushpuppies. Couldn't I just add a little of the oil from the kettle to a skillet?
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 11:31:56 (permalink)
    Here is ANOTHER variation on the recipe...

    Swamp Gravy

    Fry some fish golden brown. Pour off the grease, but leave some of the drippings. In the drippings, brown:

    4 or 5 finely diced potatoes
    2 or 3 finely diced onions
    1 chopped bell pepper (optional)

    When these are tender, add a large can of tomatoes and 1 to 2 teaspoons of Louisiana Hot Sauce. Salt and pepper to taste.
    Pick some of the meat off 1 or 2 of the cooked fish and add to the mixture.
    Simmer for as long as you can stand the wonderful aroma. This is a basic recipe; anything can be added. If you really like it hot, add 1 diced Jalapeno pepper. Enjoy.


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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 11:59:26 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Liketoeat

    Thought I knew all about Southern fish fries (know all about that "save the grease" part), but Swamp Gravy is something totally new to me. Never even heard of it. Sound like a delicious dish, but I would have never thought of it with the fish base or as something to be served with fish. Am sure its good that way, but do you ever prepare it from and to go with say fried chicken, chicken fried steak, pork chops, ham, or other meats? In what part of the south are you located, Adjudicator? Maybe this is like burgoo, stew, or whatever you call it, being a common accompanyment to barbecue in South Carolina. but yet is something I've never seen or heard of being done in this part of the South. Swamp Gravy is another great example of the interesting and useful new items one can learn from this website. Agree with you, Lone Star, on the green tomato relish (and also some onion) being absolute necessity to go along with any fried fish.

    I am in southern Georgia about 40 miles north of Tallahassee, FL.
    While I am sure this stuff would be good with the "dripins" from other meats such as pork chops or ham, etc., us folks down here are partial to cookin' it as being a ritual to go along with our fried shellcrackers and brim (bream)...
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 12:49:05 (permalink)
    Adjudicator- while we are on the subject, what do you use to batter your fish? Cornmeal, salt and pepper were the only ingredients my grandmother used, but I have become partial to the LA fish fry mix myself.
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 14:59:34 (permalink)
    Thanks for the additional posts/info re Swamp Gravy, Adjudicator. I'm surely going to have to try both recipes with fish (love those bream; one of my favorites), pork, or something soon. Feel that I've been deprived by never having had Swamp Gravy for all these years, but am sure no one around here (eastern Ark.) knows anything about it, and I never encountered it during all the years I lived in Mobile, Ala. (with occasional work trips over to Panama City). Can't wait to try both versions.
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 15:21:16 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Lone Star

    Adjudicator- while we are on the subject, what do you use to batter your fish? Cornmeal, salt and pepper were the only ingredients my grandmother used, but I have become partial to the LA fish fry mix myself.


    Although I like both of the above, I tend to stay mostly with the cornmeal mixture with a bit of flour thrown in. I also make a somewhat spicy wash for the fish before I flour/bread them, & that kind of makes the LA fish fry mix a moot issue...
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 18:54:49 (permalink)
    I LOVE new recipes!!!thank you folks---im having catfish for dinner tommorro and this time its being served with Swamp Gravy---the inventivness and variety of southern cooking never ceases to amaze me!
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 20:00:10 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Liketoeat

    Thanks for the additional posts/info re Swamp Gravy, Adjudicator. I'm surely going to have to try both recipes with fish (love those bream; one of my favorites), pork, or something soon. Feel that I've been deprived by never having had Swamp Gravy for all these years, but am sure no one around here (eastern Ark.) knows anything about it, and I never encountered it during all the years I lived in Mobile, Ala. (with occasional work trips over to Panama City). Can't wait to try both versions.

    Ah, Panama City... The redneck riveria... As a military brat, I spent many years there. Not like it used to be, however...
    My parents own a condo down there now... It's only a short drive from where I live. Fresh seafood is abundant, however the best kept eatin' places... well, the tourists don't know 'bout them...
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 20:05:02 (permalink)
    Regarding Swamp Gravy: I did a search on google and I found no references to this recipe. ADJ: Is this your personal recipe?

    Thanks

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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 20:23:20 (permalink)
    Adjudicator, still get to Mobile & Pensacola yearly but haven't been on over to PC in years. Know, tho, last time I was there it had greatly changed. Fortunately was usually there on work trips so could learn those best eating places from the locals. Always particularly enjoyed the raw oysters, and PC area had the best scallops I've ever eaten. Wonder if they still have those great scallops there. As for change, tho, believe the biggest change I know of anywhere is around Destin. When I first started going to PC, Destin was nothing but a sleepy little fishing village. Realize some change and improvement anywhere is good, but have real doubts about change to the extent which has occurred there being desirable. Do you know anything about Cedar Key, FL., now? Been a number of years since I've been there, but it was the last totally unchanged, unmodernized Gulf Coast community/area I knew of. No chains of any sort, no plastic of any sort, all noncomputerized, and 2 or 3 really great restaurants with such different and delicioius seafood salads back then. Great memories! Still disappointed I've never before run into any Swamp Gravy!
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/23 20:43:10 (permalink)
    Paul,
    I searched too-----this is as close as I found......

    Hometown History Served up with Love

    You won’t find Swamp Gravy in any recipe book. It’s a dish served in Georgia fish camps. Fry up the day’s catch, then toss in whatever else you have on hand. The result is as individual as the person who made it, but recognized by everyone else.

    That’s the spirit of the play, Swamp Gravy. It’s the dramatization of the oral history of Colquitt, Ga. (pop 2,000); a reservoir of memories, moments, and incidents that make up life—all individual, but somehow, all familiar.

    I read a few others......seems it refers to a general----what they called a gumbo of anything left to throw in a pot at a fish fry.
    Sounds almost like what my father used to call garbage soup......it looks like more of a general term than a specific recipe.




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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2003/07/27 20:50:24 (permalink)
    Adjudicator, just wanted to let you know that last night tried the "Swamp Gravy" (your second version posted above) with some pork chops (including some pork chop pieces in the gravy). While from all you say am sure that the "Swamp Gravy" with the fish is likely better, never having had any of any sort, found this to be some awfully good eating. Anxious to try the original fish version now. Thanks. Liketoeat
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/23 14:55:43 (permalink)
    This sounds like a great recipe. But up here in the North kind of hard to find canned okra, I've seen it frozen though. Seeing how it's the lenten season I'll have to give it a try. Chow Jim
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/23 16:04:23 (permalink)
    Found this on our local news website
    will have to make this on our next fish fry........Thanks Adjudicator

    http://www.kwtx.com/recipes/recipes/1022041.html
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/23 16:15:23 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by angeltx

    Found this on our local news website
    will have to make this on our next fish fry........Thanks Adjudicator

    http://www.kwtx.com/recipes/recipes/1022041.html


    This sure is different. Even though I live in the south, I have never experienced "Swamp Gravy"

    If I am in a place that offeres it, I will buy it but I do not think I will attempt to construct it.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/24 10:16:43 (permalink)
    Ok, I'm sold on the gravy but what do you do with it? Maybe dip the fried fish in it or... eat in in a bowl. I don't think I would want to pour it over my fried fish.

    And good to see this made it to Texas angeltx! It looks like it started in the Geargia fish camps, hmm, what is a fish camp?

    And oh, you could rename it for use w/ pork, chicken or beef. Barnyard gravy maybe? Or????
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/24 19:45:04 (permalink)
    It looks wonderful...another One for my recipe file!
    I like the first version better. I am thinking with some old bay seasoned shrimp.
    I just wish that I didnt live alone, because it is so hard to cook for one. I want to make so many things, and dont because I work so much and get 2 meals there..
    And Dog only eats certain things.. Like DOGFOOD and rib bones!
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/24 20:02:30 (permalink)
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    because I work so much and get 2 meals there..


    Some friends work in a restaurant that serves wonderfull food but after about six months they got tired of it eat elsewhere after.
    Has this happened to you before ?
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/24 20:10:19 (permalink)
    Wow. An old thread revisited. I am honored??? ()

    As much as I know..., Swamp Gravy can be adapted to just about any variation that has been previously described. My favorites do not really include corn. The (bell) pepper idea I have tried and I like it very much. Of course, I will put fresh peppers (tounge dissolving to mild) in just about anything. An abundance of onion is also required in my recipe. Fresh summer tomato's of course are needed, along with a humongous mess of fresh fried small / medium shellcrackers, some fried sliced new 'taters, and some hushpuppies. Best consumed in abandon near the river's edge with copious amounts of beer.

    Oh, PAUL...
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/24 20:12:28 (permalink)

    PapaJoe
    A fish Camp is a restaurant that (usually) is located next to or On the source of the fish...be it river or lake. Sometimes they are called Fish Houses or Catfish Houses. I have seen some that are merely 'shelter houses' with tin roofs and no side walls at all. The roofs cover a bunch of picnic tables and either smokers or friers or both. Relatively primitive ambience, but sometimes they are really DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH. Other Fish Camps are definitly pointed towards a more 'civil' appearance and some are full service country restaurants. The one thing they all seem to have in common is the ability to use locally caught fish/crabs/crawdads/frogs to make some really great eating.
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/25 10:44:32 (permalink)
    Thanks Al, now I know what a fish camp is. I bet a few of you other guys didn't know but were afraid to ask.

    Adjudicator, yep some of us newbies need to know this stuff, With the new taters, fresh tomato, and hushpuppie additions, ohhh, and the river and beer, and the shellcrackers (whops, they sound good also but what are those?) this swamp stew is really sounding good!!!!! Thanks.
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/25 11:22:32 (permalink)
    Shellcrackers; similar to bream (smaller the better).
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/25 11:31:20 (permalink)
    Ahhh, thanks. That was my grandad's fav kind of fish. He called em perch. I'd catch em and he would scale em and cook em bones and all. Sometimes fried and sometimes grilled on the barrell cooker. He would throw the ones that were to big back. They had to be the small ones. Mmmmmm
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/25 11:54:21 (permalink)
    I am a bit off topic but prior posters were discussing eating fish and the bones. That reminded me when I was in the Air national Guard from 1962-1968.

    One of my fellow guardsman was from Gatlinburg and owned a restaurant and motel there. He genuinely loved to trout fish. I discussed with him that I would like to do that but I had never had the experience. During summer camp he decided to take me. We drove up past Gatlinburg and hiked several miles upstream into the mountains. We had a frying pan, some oil, potatoes, onions, cornmeal, jug of liquor (large) and salt and pepper.

    We fished this spot in the stream that turned out very good. We caught about 50 small trout, gutted them and ate them bones and all. I did not know you could do that but these were less than four inces long and abundant.

    To make a large story, we fried the potatoes with onions, fried the fish, drunk the liquor, spent the night and had the fish and potatoes again the next morning.

    Rough hike but delicious fish, potatoes and liquor, I think

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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/25 12:46:21 (permalink)
    Swamp gravy sounds good. I would love to try it.
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    RE: Swamp Gravy 2006/03/25 13:05:46 (permalink)
    Swamp gravy with a humongous mess of bone in shellcrackers, mmmmmm. Whops, the new taters are freid and not in the gravy. Maybe the fresh tomatoes are on the side also? Hey, you could put em both in the gravy and also on the side, along with the onions.
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