Brits try Southern Biscuits and Gravy for the first time! (2023)


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Alright Ollie, the time has come.

We're in Savannah, Georgia.

We've come to try proper southern biscuits and gravy.


Actually excited.

I'm, equal parts, nervous and excited.

Ollie, you've seen the memes about biscuits and gravy.

Biscuits are never something you eat with gravy.


We've been recommended.

This place, Maple Street Biscuit Company.

Oh, my gosh.

Oh, it’s, busy! Hello.

How are you?, Very, well, thanks.

I, think we'll start off with the risky biscuit with sausage gravy? Can we grab a squawking goat, and a cowboy? What is the name of your dream: job? Oh, my gosh.


I, panicked.


They going to call that out? Yes.


So when they shout out astronaut, I have to go and…, Okay.

I, don't think I've ever even thought about being an astronaut.

It popped into my head.

I, don't know: why.

Pretty, offensive., I mean, you and I literally work together and I'm standing right, here., Alllrighty., They, yelled out astronaut and I had to go up and get it like, yes, that's me.! I bet they don't have this on the space.


This is nothing like biscuits and gravy.

It looks like a scone.

It does look like a scone, but they're using it like it's a burger, bun.


Our gravy is dark.


That looks like some kind of burger sauce.

And of course, with biscuits in England.

You have to have tea.


We've got southern biscuits and tea.

Oh, my gosh.

Look at that.

That's, a big cup of tea.

It, looks like they're just missing the milk.

They just need to add milk.

What? Yeah, that's very sweet.

That is very sweet.

Oh, that's good.

It is good.


That is good! It's, so syrupy.

I can feel the sugar lining.

My mouth.

It tastes like tea, syrup.

That's, what it tastes, like., Yeah, tea, flavoured syrup.

I- would have that on.


You could pour that on waffles.

You, literally could.



Do we start, Josh? Because I am so hungry.

Let's start with the classic! So.

First up, we've got a biscuit and it is literally smothered in gravy.

It's sopping.

There is SO much flavour.

I'm a little bit.


Quite bready.

It's, very buttery.

Half of that must just be melted.


Melted butter mixed in with some spices? Or, maybe cheese.

Is this sausage meat in here? Yeah, there's some sausage!, Spiced, sausage.

You, know: what? That is actually incredible.

I'm kind of lost for words.

I just want to keep eating it.

There's certain genres of food, right?, Which, is:, warm, slimy and bready.

It's, like a hug in food.


This is the ultimate food.


It's, the ultimate food hug!, You're, right., - I, think you're right. - 100%., No, you're, right, Ollie., No…, You're, right.

You, know what? They're right.

Southerners are right.



Well, this is just the beginning.

Second up, I believe it was called the cowboy.

Fried egg… That looks like candied bacon.

Oh, there's chicken! It might be steak, Josh.

Country, fried steak.

What's country fried steak?, It's, just breaded steak, and then they deep fry it.

Okay, shall I cut it in half?, I'll, try., Ah, just..., Oh, gosh, wait., Oh, no! You did that with the precision of an astronaut.

Ohhhh! Salty.

I, almost choked.


Holy moly! It's salty.

It's greasy.

It's buttery.

I mean.

It tastes like a heart: attack.

In, the best way.

In, the best way.

The batter on the steak, is so perfectly seasoned.

I'm at loss for flipping words.

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Now back to the biscuits.

Another biscuit for you, buddy.

What's interesting about this is obviously online, people joke about English, biscuits and gravy and there being kind of a rivalry.

But there really isn't.

A rivalry.

This is nothing like English biscuits., Completely, different., Completely, different category., And they're, both equally valuable.

It's, just the same word.

It's like American pants and English pants.

Both, very necessary.

They do different jobs.

Unless you're going commando, in which case American pants, are doing all of the work.

Yeah, but who actually likes to go commando? OK, so no gravy in this.


This was apparently featured on the Food Network.

So, even though it doesn't have gravy, I thought we should try.


What is that?.

I think this is goat's.

Cheese? Ooh, strange addition.

This is some kind of jam? Don't.

They call jam jelly here? No, they have jam and they have jelly.


This jam or jelly? That's jelly.

This is jelly?.

Gosh, there's a lot of confusing things as an Englishman here.

Southern, fried chicken obviously, famous., Chicken and biscuit.

Is that a thing that they go together? Often? Yeah.

So? This is a traditional thing.


Goat's cheese, fried chicken, biscuits, some kind of greens… The thing that stood out to me with the fried steak…very nicely seasoned.

Like peppery.

Peppery, yeah., Really, satisfyingly, peppery., Quite, unique., Like I've never had fried chicken that’s seasoned like that before.


Let's do this.



Mmm., Mmm!, Oh, wow., Wow! What, the heck, man? That shouldn't be that good.

That goat's cheese I was skeptical about.

It's, incredible., Very good.

Very good.

The chicken, juicy in the middle, beautifully spiced.

This has been an eye-opening experience.

People talk about comfort, food.

English tea and biscuits is a comfort, food., Definitely., Warming tea.

Dip that chocolate biscuit in until it melts just before it falls.


This is obviously more substantial.

This is a thousand times more complex.

The biscuits.

We have, sometimes they're a little bit.


The scones we have, sometimes slightly flaky.

This, is so buttery that it's really flaky.

You can literally see just flakes of it.

Peeling off.

When, we were queueing up.

There was a guy mixing.

The dough.

I was struck by how there was so much butter in it.

He was actually struggling to keep it all.


Yeah, it's crazy.

I'm completely won over.

I am 100% on board, with biscuits and gravy.


Think I am too.

I think it is actually the better biscuit.

I could have that three times a week for breakfast in different forms.

Sometimes with bacon, like maple bacon and maple syrup.

Most of the time with that beautiful gravy.

I'd be a happy, fat, happy fat, man., Yeah. - I, would.

- In that order.


I just think they're different things.

But I do appreciate how much of a warm hug it is.

I didn't actually tell you.


My granny died.

This morning.


I got a call.

Oh my gosh.



You know she was sick?.

Yeah, yeah.

I went to see her right before we came.

Oh, that granny.


I, don't know, I can imagine going with relatives.

It's, just like comfort, food., It's, unpretentious.


On a day like today, when I'm thinking about my family and obviously pretty far away from my family.

It's really nice.

It's, really nice.

It's nice to go somewhere where you can just relax, right? Yeah.


You just have something: that's..

So homely., Yeah.

Getting, a hug from your food.


Oh, love, you, man.

Love, you too.

You, can totally imagine generations of people here down south making this.

Their grandmas, making this for their grandkids.


Really nice.

It's, interesting that when southerners talk about biscuits and gravy, it's always personal.

Yeah., Like, they're, always offended.

Like, very offended.

You have to do it.


Yeah., A, lot of the food we've had down here has just been absolutely incredible.


You haven't been to the south.

You need to come and try that, because that's incredible.

Alright, and to wrap up though, I did get one more biscuit to go.

You know: I love this kind of thing! A little sweet, treat., It’s drizzled, with icing, and I believe cinnamon? Give, that a smell.

Try that.

We have something like this.

We have iced buns in England.

We do.


We have scones, which are dessert items, but this is a mixture of the two.

An iced biscuit.


It looks like it's got like little cinnamon butter on it.

Does that have cinnamon butter? Crunchy exterior.

It's made with cinnamon butter, I think.

The, dough, itself.


I want to dip it.

Oh wow, look, there's cinnamon inside.


Like, a cinnamon roll.

I want to dip it in my coffee, but it's probably a bad idea.

Go for it.

Ohhh! Is.

This a thing: Americans do? - Probably, not. - Nope., Ducky, just goes, Nope.

He interrupted you! Mmm! Is, it good? They, should., They, should., Yeah? That is incredible.

Elevates it.

You, don't like the coffee, anyway.

All, right, guys, that's been British people trying biscuits and gravy for the first time.

Very, very pleasant, experience.

Extremely pleasant.

I'm on a major sugar high right, now.

Everything in life just feels really good.


That's not going to last.


All right.


Before it ends, we'll see you JOLLY soon!.


Are biscuits and gravy a British thing? ›

Biscuits and gravy are not a thing in the UK. The nearest things to what Americans call biscuits are scones. As for gravy, that white sauce you call gravy does not have an equivalent in the UK. Gravy is a brown sauce made from the scrapings of the meat roasting tin, stock and thickening agent (cornflour or Bisto).

Where did Southern biscuits and gravy originate? ›

The history of the dish is debated, with some believing that it originated during the Revolutionary War while others trace the dish to Southern Appalachian lumber mills in the 1800s, hence the name sawmill gravy.

What do British think of American biscuits? ›

American do have things called biscuits too, but they are something completely different. These are the crumbly cakes that British people call scones, which you eat with butter, jam, sometimes clotted cream and always a cup of tea.

Are biscuits and gravy a Southern thing? ›

But its origins were decidedly modest. Biscuits and gravy in some form may go back as early as the Revolutionary War, but many food writers and culinary historians position its birthplace in Southern Appalachia in the late 1800s.

What would Brits call American biscuits? ›

A Biscuit (U.S.) Is a Scone (U.K.)

Both baked goodies use flour, fat, liquid and a leavening agent. The main differences are that scones tend to have less butter (because you'll add butter to it when you eating it — or else, clotted cream or jam) while American biscuits tend to have more butter and light layers.

What is the American version of biscuits and gravy? ›

A popular breakfast dish throughout the United States of America, especially in the Southern parts of the country, biscuits 'n' gravy consists of tender dough biscuits that are covered in a thick gravy, usually made from the drippings of pork sausages, flour, and milk.

What is white gravy in UK? ›

Cream gravy or white gravy is a bechamel sauce made using fats from meat - such as sausage or bacon - or meat drippings from roasting or frying meats.

What is American gravy in the UK? ›

They call the white stuff you call gravy we call bread sauce or parsley sauce. What we call gravy is meat juices from the roast thickened with cornflour and browning.

Who invented Southern gravy? ›

In the 1880s, southern Appalachia lumber factory workers invented a concoction called “sawmill gravy,” possibly after the sawdust that coated the factory floor. Workers made a basic gravy of pork, milk, and flour, readily available and cheap ingredients that made a filling meal.

Why are biscuits different in the South? ›

In the South, settlers relied on soft wheat flour, butter, lard, and buttermilk to create their dough. The extra fattiness produced distinct flaky layers, thus creating what is now known as the Southern biscuit.

Is white gravy a Southern thing? ›

White gravy is essentially the Southern version of béchamel sauce. The main differences are that this Southern comfort breakfast food is much thicker than béchamel sauce, it always has freshly cracked black pepper, and it omits the shallots and nutmeg.

What do they call potato chips in England? ›

If you want a bag of what Americans call 'chips' in the UK, just ask for crisps.

What is Jello called in the UK? ›

Jam or Jelly or Jell-O

The Jell-O Americans use for colorful cookout snacks or party shots is called jelly in England, where the delineation between jam, marmalade, and preserves is more commonly understood.

What is Britain's most Favourite biscuit? ›

The UK's Favourite Biscuit: The Results
2Jaffa Cake
3Lotus Biscoff
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Is biscuits and gravy an American dish? ›

History. The meal emerged as a distinct regional dish after the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), when stocks of foodstuffs were in short supply. Breakfast was necessarily the most substantial meal of the day for a person facing a day of work on the plantations in the American South.

What country made biscuits and gravy? ›

Geography wise, the American South. History wise: The American South has deep Scottish roots, and American biscuits are made in a very similar way to Scottish shortbread, so most likely the origin of biscuits is in Scottish shortbread. They brought the recipe over, and as dishes do, it evolved.

Why do Americans like biscuits and gravy? ›

It was invented due to the fact that the supplies were scarce, and the breakfast meal had to be as inexpensive as possible. It's easy to see why biscuits 'n' gravy is so loved - it illustrates the Southern theme of a simple life and brings the familiarity and nostalgia of a traditional family breakfast.

What is American gravy called in UK? ›

In the U.S. we use the term to refer to many varieties. What British people call gravy is called "gravy" in the US. The thing is…in the US, we have several different types of gravy, including "country gravy" which British people don't understand.

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