Thanksgiving / Christmas How to Make Homemade Gravy

This Thanksgiving recipe comes from

4 tablespoons real butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups liquid (use pan drippings, plus enough broth to equal 3 cups)
Salt and pepper
Additional flavor agents: fresh herbs, seasonings, vinegar, Worcestershire, etc.

Melt butter in a medium-sized saucepan. Add flour and whisk constantly until mixture is golden caramel color and smells fragrant (3-5 minutes). Slowly whisk in liquids while whisking until mixture is smooth. Bring to a simmer and cook until thickened and bubbly, 5 minutes or longer.
Taste, and then season with salt and pepper to taste, and add any other flavorings like fresh herbs, or vinegar. A small splash of Worcestershire is recommended (1-2 teaspoons should do it).

Trouble Shooting: Too thin? Combine 1 tablespoon cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water. Mix until smooth and add to simmering gravy. Let simmer a few minutes to thicken, and repeat if necessary until desired consistency is reached.

Too thick? Add more broth.

Too salty? Try a splash of cream, lemon juice, or even sour cream. You can also make more roux, and use only broth in the second batch to dilute.


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