Homemade Gravy Tips
What are some variations of this homemade gravy recipe?
This gravy recipe is foolproof, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a flavor twist or adapt it to suit your tastes or dietary needs. Add aromatics like sage or thyme, or toss in other flavor enhancers like ground cloves, maple syrup, apple cider, dry sherry or red wine. If you or your guests are vegetarian, omit the turkey drippings and replace the chicken bouillon cubes with vegetable stock or broth. For extra flavor and texture, add sauteed vegetables such as onions, leeks, shallots, celery, carrots or dried porcini mushrooms. If you want to make this gravy gluten-free, use pure cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken the gravy, instead of a flour-based roux. Simply mix it with water or broth, and stir it into the simmering gravy. However, keep in mind cornstarch has more thickening power than flour, so you may need a little less to achieve your desired consistency. Plus, be sure to not cook the cornstarch in the gravy for too long, as it will lose its thickening power and the gravy will become runny. You can also replace the flour with a gluten-free flour mix
. Use a 1:1 ratio, and follow the homemade gravy recipe as directed!
How do you thicken homemade gravy?
Reduce the liquid, or thicken with a homemade slurry (a mixture of water or stock, blended with cornstarch or flour to create a smooth paste). Gradually whisk the slurry into your simmering gravy until it reaches your desired consistency. Here are 7 more ways to thicken a sauce
How do you store homemade gravy?
Store your homemade gravy, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. If you don’t think you’ll use it within that timeframe, you can freeze it for 4 to 6 months. Here are some more tips from our Test Kitchen on how to make gravy
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2 tablespoons: 165 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.