Recipe Mailbox: Blue ribbon tacos and a gravy request

Good gravy, please

I like biscuits and gravy. I can make the biscuits but can’t seem to get the gravy to turn out. Does anyone have a good white gravy recipe to serve over biscuits? Thank you very much.

Ronald Feil, Sacramento

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Old State Fair tacos by JJ

Prep time: 40 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Makes 12 to 14 tacos

Joan Sawamura of Sacramento was looking for the Old State Fair taco recipe that was in The Bee some time ago.

Danielle Wolsleben of Roseville shares this recipe that should fill the bill for Sawamura.

1 potato, about 4 inches long

¼ head lettuce

3 cloves garlic

6 green onions

1 pound lean ground beef

1 cup water

Half of a 4-ounce can green chilies

Salt and pepper (1/4 teaspoon minimum of salt)

12 to 14 white corn tortillas

Vegetable oil

Boil or microwave potato so it’s soft. Let cool, remove skin and mash so pieces are no larger than 1/8-inch; set aside.

Use a long knife to cut down the flat face of the lettuce. The cuts should be as thin as possible. Then cut all thin pieces into short pieces about 1 inch long; set aside.

Use garlic press to crush garlic; set aside.

Slice green onions very thin. Use all white area and about ¾ inch of green part. Place in a bowl and break apart onion rings; set aside.

Break up and brown ground beef in large fry pan, preferably nonstick, constantly breaking up hamburger with spatula so it is very small pieces. The smaller the better. When thoroughly cooked, drain hamburger. Return it to pan and add water, onion, chilies, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir thoroughly to mix ingredients and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add lettuce, stir and cook about 5 minutes. Add potato, stir and cook until lettuce is very limp, about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. More water can be added to ease stirring everything nad cooking. The final consistency should be thick.

To make soft tortillas, heat about ¼ inch of oil in a fry pan on medium-high heat. Once oil is hot, carefully place tortilla in oil about 2 seconds. Use tongs to turn tortilla over and cook another second or two and then place on paper towel. Blot tortilla and set aside. Continue cooking remaining tortillas. Tortillas may be steamed.

With tortilla on a plate, spoon mixture on tortilla and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Add taco sauce, if desired. Carefully roll tortilla and mixture up.