Mama D’s Comfort Food for Men in Need

Chef Delois King, aka "Mama D", cooking in the Men's Hope Center kitchen at The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command in Norfolk, VA.

The term “comfort food” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to the food provided at The Salvation Army Men’s Hope Center in Norfolk, VA.

The men who receive food and shelter here – along with countless other services such as computer, phone and voice mail access, professional clothing and laundry services, career and substance abuse counseling, and regular counseling and guidance – can also expect to feel at home with a delicious meal and welcoming from the center’s beloved chef, Delois King, aka “Mama D”.

Mama D understands the physical and emotional benefits of a good meal, especially to the Hope Center’s down-trodden residents suffering with loss, financial turmoil, or substance abuse. Each day she fills the hearts and appetites of these men so they are able to seek employment, overcome obstacles, find permanent housing, or reconnect with families.

We’re confident you’ll be sitting comfortably (or loosening your belt!) after you try one of her favorite recipes, “Mama D’s Country Gravy Breakfast Casserole”.


Mama D’s Country Gravy Breakfast Casserole


  • 1 (2 ¾ ounce) package country gravy mix
  • 3 cups tater tots, baked according to package directions
  • ½ lb sausage, casings removed
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a skillet, cook the sausage for 2 minutes, breaking it up as it cooks.
  • In a separate container, gradually whisk the gravy mix into the water.  Then beat the eggs into the gravy.
  • Lay out the tater tots into a 8×8 baking dish.  Top with cooked sausage.
  • Pour the gravy and egg mixture over the top.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the filling is set in the center.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle the cheese over the top.  Bake another 3 minutes.
  • Cut into wedges and serve warm.



Mama D is just one of thousands of Salvation Army chefs who provide food to individuals and families in crisis. Stay tuned to our blog for more delicious recipes from The Salvation Army’s culinary experts!

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