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Learn how to make brown gravy with a few common ingredients. This is delicious served on mashed potatoes and more. Skip the store bought packets and make this delicious gravy instead.
Easy Brown Gravy Recipe
Around here, dinner isn’t complete without gravy.
Homemade gravy is even better. Don’t let the idea of making gravy from scratch intimidate you. It is actually very easy to do.
Plus, I promise it tastes so much better than anything store bought. You probably already have what you need to make brown gravy.
This is fast and effortless but the results are amazing comfort food.
How to serve Brown Gravy
Gravy really makes everything even better. Here are a few of my favorite ways to serve brown gravy.
- Brown gravy is my favorite over Mashed potatoes.
- Crock pot Roast Recipe – Brown Gravy is amazing drizzled over roast and crock pot potatoes and carrots.
- Serve over buttered egg noodles.
- Serve with your favorite steak or crock pot steak bites.
- Beef Broth
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and Pepper
- Worcestershire Sauce – You don’t have to have this, but
- Cold Water
- Corn Starch – This will be used to thicken your gravy to the desired consistency.
I told you the ingredient list was simple! You can add onion powder to your gravy if you like it, but I don’t feel it is necessary.
Once you make this homemade brown gravy, you never buy gravy packets again. Homemade gravy is super easy.
How to make brown gravy from scratch
First, bring the beef broth or beef stock to a boil. I like to use medium high heat.
Once it comes to a boil, add the garlic powder, salt, pepper and the Worcestershire Sauce.
Next, you need a small bowl. Mix together the cold water and corn starch. The corn starch needs to be fully dissolved.
Then, pour this mixture into the sauce pan with the broth. Keep whisking over medium heat and bring to a boil again.
Continue to simmer until the gravy has thickened.
Remove from heat, allow to cook
It is that simple. Enjoy!
I think you are really going to love the flavor and how delicious this gravy is.
Serve warm and enjoy!
What if your gravy is too thick
Tip: If your gravy is too thick, add more beef broth until the gravy is the consistency that you prefer. You might also need to do this if you are reheating the gravy and serving later.
What if your gravy is lumpy?
If you find the gravy lumpy, use a strainer to strain out the lumps. Then whisk together the gravy until the lumps are gone.
How to make gravy from beef drippings
It is simple. Just substitute the beef drippings or the pan drippings for the beef broth. Then follow the recipe as normal.
If you have made a roast, you definitely don’t want to let all that flavor go to waste in the drippings. You can turn it into beef gravy.
What to do if you don’t have enough beef drippings for what the recipe requires? You can add the broth with the beef drippings until you have the amount needed.
It is super easy.
Using a Roux vs. a Slurry for Gravy
A roux is used at the beginning of cooking and is a slower process. It involves a type of fat and flour.
A slurry does not need to cook but can be added at the end of the gravy process. After stirring, the blend of cornstarch and water will make the gravy thick.
Brown gravy typically uses a slurry to thicken since it does not call for flour. Whereas, white gravy uses a roux.
A Roux or a Slurry both have the ability to thicken gravy, but give you slightly different results.
What to Serve with Brown Gravy:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Beef tips
- Slow Cooker Roast Recipe
- French Fries – Our Homemade French Fries are amazing with gravy.
- Rolls – We love to soak up gravy from the plate with a soft dinner rolls. Easy Homemade Dinner Rolls Recipe and our Quick 30 Minute Dinner Rolls are some of our favorite roll recipes.
Homemade brown gravy is the best!
This easy recipe is a game changer. It will turn a plain dish into something amazing.
Once you try it, you will not believe how easy it is. You can also use chicken broth instead of beef broth if you want to try other variations.
It is super easy and really completes any meal. Impress your family with this homemade gravy in literally minutes!
Anyone can make this. It is that simple and easy.
Please come back and let us know how it turned out for you. I think your family will love it.
Can you make brown gravy ahead of time?
Brown gravy can be stored safely in the refrigerator for three to four days.
How to Store Brown Gravy
Allow the gravy to cool completely. Then place the cooled gravy in a refrigerator safe container with a lid. It will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
How to Freeze Brown Gravy
Can you freeze gravy? Brown Gravy Freezes great. Place in a freezer safe container or a freezer bag. You can freeze it three to four months.
How to reheat gravy
When you are ready to reheat the gravy, heat on the stove top over medium heat until heated through. I like to use a whisk to whisk the gravy to make sure there is no lumps.
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How to make Brown Gravy
- Bring the beef broth to the boil over medium high heat. Then stir in the garlic powder, salt, pepper and the Worcestershire Sauce.
- In a small bowl, combine the cold water and corn starch until the corn starch is fully dissolved. Whisk this mixture into the sauce pan and continue to whisk until the gravy has thickened.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
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