Perfect gravy - quick, simple and stunningly delicious

Perfect gravy - quick, simple and stunningly delicious

This gravy is mighty flavourful. No one will know it takes well under an hour to make. No one will know it happens to be healthy and also light on calories. This recipe was not designed to be healthy, none of my recipes are. It just happens to be this way! The flavour comes from some wonderful chemical reactions that take place when your veggies brown and caramelize, brining big flavours to your gravy.

Homemade gravy is easy to make and is not laced with all of the concerning ingredients found in store-bought gravy – it’s basically stock (chicken or vegetable) flavoured with aromatics (onions, celery, carrots, bay leaves, thyme) and thickened with flour. And ready in under an hour!

I usually make this gravy with chicken stock, however, I only had some homemade vegetable stock for today’s preparation (and mine is mighty delicious with some umami flavoured mushroom liquid, aromatic veggies…) So without any real intent, it happened to be completely vegetarian. I can tell you, when I told my meat-loving friend that this version was completely vegetarian, after he finished licking his plate, he was in shock!

This is one of those recipes, that I truly believe you will love and will keep making over and over again.

Let’s get cooking!

DifficultyBeginner

Yields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time30 minsTotal Time40 mins

 3 tbsp butter (you may even use olive oil)
 2 celery stalks, chopped finely
 1 medium carrot, chopped finely
 1 yellow onion, chopped
 ¼ cup flour
 4 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)
 2 bay leafs
 pinch of dried thyme leaves
 1 tbsp soy sauce
 kosher salt to taste
 freshly ground black pepper to taste
 trimmings, wings, chicken carcass, optional (if you are using it, check the note in Step 1)
Optional ingredients:
 a splash of heavy cream, for additional richness

1

Heat butter in a pot over medium to medium-high heat. Add your mirepoix - onion, celery and carrots. Cook for 5-8 minutes or so until well browned, stirring often. Be careful not to burn.

Turn the heat to medium, sprinkle the flour over the veggies and continue cooking, stirring constantly, for another 5 minutes or so, to cook off the raw flour taste and allow the flour to slightly brown (aim for golden brown colour, but do not burn.)

NOTE: if you have trimmings, bones, chicken carcass - sear it until golden and well browned before searing the veggies, remove to a plate and add in step 2 after you have added the stock. The addition of these things will further intensify the flavour of the gravy, however, add another 20 minutes to the preparation.

2

Pour about 1/3 cup of stock very slowly while stirring vigorously. The goal is to work out all the little bits of flour into thick paste. Keep adding stock in a steady slow stream while stiring vigorously and working out any lumps that may form. THIS IS IMPORTANT - DO NOT RUSH ADDING THE LIQUID. Add bay leaves and dried thyme. Bring everything to a boil, reduce to simmer and simmer uncovered for 25-45 minutes, the longer - the better, but the flavours will start coming together after just 20 minutes or so for this delicious quick gravy. Keep stirring your gravy every couple of minutes to prevent scorching the pot. If the gravy reduces too much, you can always add more stock to thin it out and reach your desired consistency.

3

Pass the gravy through a fine mesh sieve, pressing down on the vegetables to extract as much liquid as possible. Add soy sauce, if using. Season your gravy to taste with salt and pepper. You may add the optional cream at this time. Serve.

NOTE:
4

The amount of flour is correct in this recipe. Some recipes call for double the amount of flour. But this recipe extracts the flavour with a lengthy simmering process (at least 25 minutes as per step 2,) so your gravy will reduce and thicken.

Ingredients

 3 tbsp butter (you may even use olive oil)
 2 celery stalks, chopped finely
 1 medium carrot, chopped finely
 1 yellow onion, chopped
 ¼ cup flour
 4 cups stock (chicken or vegetable)
 2 bay leafs
 pinch of dried thyme leaves
 1 tbsp soy sauce
 kosher salt to taste
 freshly ground black pepper to taste
 trimmings, wings, chicken carcass, optional (if you are using it, check the note in Step 1)
Optional ingredients:
 a splash of heavy cream, for additional richness

Directions

1

Heat butter in a pot over medium to medium-high heat. Add your mirepoix - onion, celery and carrots. Cook for 5-8 minutes or so until well browned, stirring often. Be careful not to burn.

Turn the heat to medium, sprinkle the flour over the veggies and continue cooking, stirring constantly, for another 5 minutes or so, to cook off the raw flour taste and allow the flour to slightly brown (aim for golden brown colour, but do not burn.)

NOTE: if you have trimmings, bones, chicken carcass - sear it until golden and well browned before searing the veggies, remove to a plate and add in step 2 after you have added the stock. The addition of these things will further intensify the flavour of the gravy, however, add another 20 minutes to the preparation.

2

Pour about 1/3 cup of stock very slowly while stirring vigorously. The goal is to work out all the little bits of flour into thick paste. Keep adding stock in a steady slow stream while stiring vigorously and working out any lumps that may form. THIS IS IMPORTANT - DO NOT RUSH ADDING THE LIQUID. Add bay leaves and dried thyme. Bring everything to a boil, reduce to simmer and simmer uncovered for 25-45 minutes, the longer - the better, but the flavours will start coming together after just 20 minutes or so for this delicious quick gravy. Keep stirring your gravy every couple of minutes to prevent scorching the pot. If the gravy reduces too much, you can always add more stock to thin it out and reach your desired consistency.

3

Pass the gravy through a fine mesh sieve, pressing down on the vegetables to extract as much liquid as possible. Add soy sauce, if using. Season your gravy to taste with salt and pepper. You may add the optional cream at this time. Serve.

NOTE:
4

The amount of flour is correct in this recipe. Some recipes call for double the amount of flour. But this recipe extracts the flavour with a lengthy simmering process (at least 25 minutes as per step 2,) so your gravy will reduce and thicken.

Quick Gravy

Make it Vegetarian: replace chicken stock with vegetable stock, do not use chicken pieces.

Make it Vegan: replace butter with oil, chicken stock with vegetable stock, do not use chicken pieces, do not add the optional splash of cream.

Make it Gluten-Free: replace flour with good quality all purpose gluten free flour; use Gluten-Free soy sauce. As with the rest of gluten-free recipes, ensure all your ingredients are gluten free, including the chicken stock.

Make it Dairy-Free: use oil instead of butter, do not add the optional splash of cream.


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