Not Ya MawMaw’s RiceNGravy

Rice and gravy is a staple in every Cajun household.

As a matter of fact, it’s basically one word here: ricengravy, and it’s one of my sure-thing meals when the kids have a picky streak. It’s made by browning meat in a pan over and over again, all the while deglazing (using liquid to help you scrub the gratins from the meat off the bottom of the pan) the pan with beef stock or water. After hours of work, you are left with tender meat and a delicious gravy. And of course, we serve it over rice.

It was ALWAYS what MawMaw cooked on Sundays, and you could smell it from the driveway.

This mama ain’t got time fa dat.

LUCKILY, I figured out a way to make a ricengravy that is NEARLY as good as MawMaw’s, and so dang easy. And you can make it on a Tuesday.

Stuff the roast.

The secret to a good ricengravy is the meat. Splurge and get the good stuff at a local butcher shop. But even if you get your meat at Super One, stuffing it will help it out by 1000%. In my family, we stuff our meat with minced garlic and bell peppers. We mix these with Cajun seasoning and stuff it into slits we RiceNGravycut all over the roast. Then we season the outside of the roast with Cajun seasoning. I like to do this the day I buy the roast. This way, I can wrap it and ready it for the freezer, and it will be ready to go when it’s cooking time.

Now, when your roast is stuffed and seasoned, well, this is when your MawMaw slapped that into her Magnalite and started browning.

But I’m not your MawMaw.

I throw that sucker in my slow cooker.

Then I add enough beef stock to cover the bottom third of the roast and sprinkle in ½ of a packet of Brown Gravy Mix. Slosh the mix around, set your slow cooker to low and slow for 8 hours.

Boom. RiceNGravy.

If you like your gravy thick enough to stick to your rice, pour the au jus into a pan and cook it down at a simmer until you get the consistency you like. You can add additional gravy thickener if you need.

Some may call it sacrilege, but I call it supper. 

Supper’s ready!

C’est bon y’all!

Sarah Keating
Sarah is a 30-something mom of four children under six and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She returned to Acadiana two years ago following her husband’s completion of medical school and residency in Shreveport. After the move, Sarah switched gears from full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist and working mom to full-time stay-at-home mom to her brood. Her current hobbies include “speech-therapizing” her children, re-reading the Outlander series, catching up on her Netflix queue after the kids go to bed, completing XHIT videos at naptime, and taking her medication every morning. She loves and respects the sacredness of motherhood, but sometimes you just have to let go and laugh it out. Motherhood has been the most humbling, and empowering journey she has experienced.


  1. Oh yeah, my girl, MawMaw would be so proud of you for writing beautifully and cooking deliciously!


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