How to make gravy

No roast dinner is perfect without a jug of glossy, velvety gravy. Here’s how to make superb gravy – even if you’re a veggie!

How to make gravy

Gravy know-how

What went wrong? If your gravy goes lumpy, strain it into a new pan and heat gently, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. If it burned, transfer it to a new pan without touching or scraping the blackened bottom. If that fails, then try making our vegetarian gravy instead.

Gravy too thin?

If your finished gravy is too thin, don’t add more flour or it will go lumpy and taste ‘raw’. Instead, mash equal quantities of flour and softened butter together to make a thick paste called a beurre manié, and whisk in a little at a time until it’s the required thickness.

Glossy finish

Add a knob of butter at the end and whisk it in for a glossy gravy. 

how to make gravy

Handy equipment

A separating jug (pictured) lets you pour off the fat, leaving the meat juices behind.

Saving gravy

It’s great added to casseroles, sauces and so on, so don’t throw leftovers away! Freeze it in ice cube trays, and you can use a bit at a time.

Thin vs thick

There is no hard and fast rule. We thickened our gravies with a little flour, which helps to bind the fat, but you can add more or less stock to adjust the consistency to your liking.

how to make gravy 

Stocks

We love Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon, and Knorr Chicken Stock Cubes. If possible, try to use the same stock as your meat, but chicken stock works with all meats.

how to make gravy 

Vary the flavours

how to make gravy

Strength

Some meats release more flavours than others; you may need to dilute yours with water rather than stock.

Herbs

Flavour your meat with pungent herbs before cooking, and the flavour will come out in the gravy. Add more when simmering the gravy, if you like.

Wine and other booze

Add a splash of wine or cider, or even a little Madeira, Marsala or port before adding the stock.

Mustards and jellies

Add a bit of a kick with mustard (great with beef), or sweetness with jelly – redcurrant jelly is a favourite for lamb.

Citrus

A squeeze of lemon or a grating of zest can transform a simple gravy – perfect with roast chicken.

 

 

 

Classic beef gravy

Classic beef gravy

The perfect beef gravy for a perfect beef roast.

Veggie gravy

Veggie gravy

This simple veggie gravy recipe is a winner and great to have on hand for vegetarians. Freeze any leftovers in ice cube trays.

White gravy for roast poultry

White gravy for roast poultry

A gorgeous chicken-infused light gravy that’s perfectly suited to poultry.

Garlic and anchovy gravy for lamb and beef

Garlic and anchovy gravy for lamb and beef

This gravy goes beautifully with lamb and beef and makes a pleasant change from traditional gravy.

Onion gravy for sausages

Onion gravy for sausages

Some foods are just meant to be paired, like cheese and toast and, of course, sausages and onion gravy. Here's the definitive recipe.

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