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Apple Gravy

You might want to make a double batch of this rich apple gravy. Yep, it's sensational with beef, but you've gotta try it on mashed potatoes, chops, roasted veggies—pretty much anything goes. —Kathryn Conrad, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 25 min.
  • Makes
    1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1 large apple (Jonagold or Honeycrisp), peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple brandy
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper, optional

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add apple; saute until dark brown, adding 1 teaspoon butter to prevent scorching. Remove from heat; add brandy. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan.
  • Add broth and salt. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes. Using a blender or an immersion blender, puree apple mixture. Return to saucepan; simmer until liquid is reduced to 1 cup. Remove from heat. Whisk in remaining butter. If desired, add pepper.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If a thicker gravy is desired after it's reduced, whisk 2 teaspoons cornstarch into 1 tablespoon cold water. Add to apple mixture; bring to a boil, whisking until thickened, about 1 minute. Whisk in remaining butter and, if desired, pepper.
  • Nutrition Facts
    2 tablespoons: 36 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 163mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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