How to make brown gravy without using leftover meat fat

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How to make brown gravy without using leftover meat fat
Pork chops and mashed potatoes seem complete when served with gravy. (bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images)

Some dishes just aren't the same without lashings of gravy. While powdered gravy mixes will do in an emergency, it's easier than people think to make gravy from scratch. Brown gravy is a beef-based gravy made by using the pan drippings from the meat with which it will be served. However, this means you can't make the gravy until after your main course has finished cooking and the process of separating the fat can be time consuming. Make a rich gravy using a simple recipe composed of butter and flour, known as a roux, instead of meat fat.

Things you need

  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) butter
  • Small saucepan
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) all-purpose flour
  • 250 ml (1 cup) beef stock
  • Black pepper to taste

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  1. 1

    Melt the butter over medium heat in a small saucepan.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle the all-purpose flour over the butter and stir until the flour completely absorbs the butter to create a roux, which will thicken the gravy.

  3. 3

    Cook the roux for two minutes, stirring frequently. This eliminates the raw flour flavour from the mixture.

  4. 4

    Whisk the beef stock into the roux. Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently so there are no lumps.

  5. 5

    Reduce the heat to medium-low. Continue cooking and whisking the gravy until it starts to thicken and is completely smooth. Add fresh-ground black pepper to taste.

  6. 6

    Remove the gravy from the heat and allow to stand for five minutes before serving. The gravy thickens more as it cools.

Tips and warnings

  • Add mushrooms or onions to the gravy to enhance flavour. Melt the butter plus about 125 ml (1/2 cup) of vegetables into the pan. Saute over a medium heat until soft before adding the flour.

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