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Bulldog gravy was a Great Depression-era foodstuff associated with American coal miners, which consists of a mixture of milk, flour and grease. Contemporary recipes give the proportions as "1/4 cup drippings from frying sausage, bacon, chicken, or pork chops, mixed with 1/4 cup flour and 2 cups milk".

It is eaten with beans or over a "water sandwich" (bread soaked in lard and water). A version where water is used instead of milk also exists.

These dishes preexisted the Great Depression and were common foods among the poor at least before World War I and likely earlier. In the Midwest Bulldog Gravy was known as Monkey Gravy but there it was often made without any fat. Lard Sandwiches were common (a slice of bread spread with lard). Open face if with beans or a closed sandwich for a school child's lunch. Soaking the bread in water and lard was unknown. Dessert would be an open face lard sandwich sprinkled with a spoonful of sugar.

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