Brown Gravy


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It’s easy to make a delicious and savory, homemade brown gravy (no drippings required)!

Gravy can be served over roasts, burger patties, or mashed potatoes. It’s a must have topping for poutine and great for dipping fries.

pouring Brown Gravy over mashed potatoes

Brown Gravy from Scratch

  • Savory, rich, and velvety, brown gravy is a must-have in any home cook’s kitchen!
  • Make this easy recipe for everyday dinners or special occasions, it goes with anything!
  • Homemade gravy from scratch is ready in 20 minutes!

Ingredients

BASE: A great gravy starts with a savory base like beef broth. We add onion and garlic to flavor the broth.

FLOUR: Flour is used as a thickener in this gravy and a handful of herbs and spices are mixed in.

BROTH: Condensed beef broth is called for, or use two cubes of low salt beef bullion mixed with 1¼ cups water. For vegetarian brown gravy, skip the meat broth and use vegetable, mushroom, or onion broth instead.

EXTRAS: Mix in a couple of dashes of liquid smoke, Worcestershire, brown mustard, or smoked paprika.

Flavor Booster: If you have drippings from cooked meats, they add great flavor to gravy. You can just use them in place of the other liquid called for in the recipe.

I prefer to separate the liquid from the fat (if I have enough drippings) and use some of the fat in place of the butter. Use the liquid in place of some of the broth.

Brown Gravy in a pan with a plate of potatoes beside it

Slurry Vs Roux

Either a slurry or a roux can be used to thicken a sauce or gravy.

This recipe uses a roux which is simply flour cooked into fat (butter or oil). Once it’s browned, the liquids are whisked in, then any herbs or spices are added. The gravy is simmered, adjusted for taste, and then served.

A slurry can be used to thicken a sauce or gravy, too. A slurry is a mixture of liquid (instead of fat) with a thickener (often cornstarch).  A slurry is added to the simmering liquid until the gravy is thickened. Either method works, the recipe below uses a roux.

How to Make Brown Gravy

Yummy brown gravy has so many applications in the kitchen, and it’s really simple to whip up:

  1. Saute onion until tender. Add garlic and thyme. Cook a couple of minutes (per the recipe below).
  2. Stir in butter, then whisk in flour. Add liquid a bit at a time whisking until smooth after each addition.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer until the gravy is thickened. Strain and serve.

glass full of Brown Gravy with a plate of mashed potatoes in the back

Tips for the Best Gravy

  • When adding the liquid, add a bit at a time and whisk until it is smooth after each addition. It will seem thick and pasty at first but will be a nice smooth consistency once the liquid is added.
  • To Make Gravy Thicker: If you’ve added too much liquid and need to thicken the gravy, you can mix a bit of flour with cold water or broth until it has no lumps. Drizzle it into the simmering gravy while whisking. Another option would be to combine equal parts cornstarch and water and whisk a bit at a time into the simmering liquid.
  • To Fix Lumpy Gravy: If brown gravy is lumpy, strain it through a mesh strainer into a bowl. Another option is to blend with a hand blender or pour the gravy into a high-speed blender (be sure not to close the lid tightly) and whip it until the lumps are gone.

Leftovers

Store leftover gravy in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container and it will be fresh for up to 4 days. Freeze in quart-sized zippered bags with the date labeled on the outside for 6 weeks.

Freeze gravy in ice cube trays and then store in a zippered bag. Pop one or two out to add extra flavor or to thicken soups, stews, and stir fry!

What to Pair with Brown Gravy

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Review Recipe

Brown Gravy

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Rich, creamy, & flavorful brown gravy is made from scratch in 20 minutes!

Ingredients

  • ½ onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon thyme
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ¼ cup condensed beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Instructions

  • In a large saucepan cook onion on medium heat until tender. Add garlic and thyme, cook 2 minutes more.
  • Add the butter and stir until melted, add flour and cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly to ensure the mixture doesn't burn or stick to the pot.
  • Once cooked add the beef broth, 1 cup of water, and bring to a boil. Once boiling turn it down to a simmer and cook for 2 minutes or until gravy is thick.
  • Strain through a mesh strainer and serve.

Recipe Notes

  • When adding the liquid, add a bit at a time and whisk until it is smooth after each addition. It will seem thick and pasty at first but will be a nice smooth consistency once the liquid is added.
  • To Make Gravy Thicker: If you've added too much liquid and need to thicken the gravy, you can mix a bit of flour with cold water or broth until it has no lumps. Drizzle it into the simmering gravy while whisking. Another option would be to combine equal parts cornstarch and water and whisk a bit at a time into the simmering liquid.
  • To Fix Lumpy Gravy: If brown gravy is lumpy, strain it through a mesh strainer into a bowl. Another option is to blend with a hand blender or pour the gravy into a high-speed blender (be sure not to close the lid tightly) and whip it until the lumps are gone.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 146, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 31mg, Sodium: 397mg, Potassium: 103mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 399IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 18mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword brown gravy, brown gravy from scratch, Brown Gravy recipe, how to make brown gravy
Course Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine American
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