Knowing how to make white gravy doesn’t have to be complex or confusing. And yes, you can even make it from a scratch without any drama or whatsoever. This recipe is easy to master – and you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to fix them up. Once you have mastered the way, you won’t want to buy the commercial packets anymore.
White gravy is the Southern classic dish that is often called pepper gravy, cream gravy, as well as country gravy. The creamy and thick gravy is generally served with chicken fried steak. The hint of pepper is the one that makes this dish superb. And the cool thing about the recipe is that it only uses 3 main ingredients – and they are all easy to find.
- 2 tablespoons of AP flour
- 2 tablespoons of butter. You can substitute it with fat if you are cooking a meat
- 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
- 1 ½ cup of milk
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of black pepper
- Extra pepper and salt for the taste
- By using a small saucepan, melt the butter. Just use low heat to do so
- Add the flour and stir. Let it cook for another 3 to 4 minutes. It should be well combined with golden brown color
- Add ¼ cup of the milk and whisk. You should see the mixture to be a very thick paste. Slowly, add another ¼ cup of more milk and whisk. When the mixture has slightly thinned, you can gradually add the remaining a cup of the milk. Keep whisking while adding the milk.
- Add pepper and salt
- Let it simmer in low heat. Cook it for 2 minutes to 3 minutes. It should be thick with glossy appearance
- Add the heavy cream. Taste it. When needed, season with the extra pepper and salt.
- That’s it! Your gravy is ready.
- Whether you need the extra pepper or not, it depends on the type of butter you use. This is one tip in how to make white gravy. Simply complete making the gravy and then taste it. If it is enough, then the extra pepper and salt isn’t needed. But if it doesn’t feel right, then add the seasoning.
- This recipe uses a total of 1 ½ cup of milk that will make thick gravy. But if you like thinner gravy, just use 1 cup.
- This gravy is a perfect accompaniment to Fried Chicken, Chicken Fried Steak, biscuits, Crispy Chicken Southern Fried Breasts, Grilled Pork Chops, Creamy Mash and Meatballs, and also Grilled Chicken and Mash Potato. You can also use it as a dipping sauce for grilled cheese and ham sandwich or as a pasta sauce. Feel free to use it as grilled salmon fillet sauce or as pour over veggies, like broccoli or carrots.
- What should you do when your gravy is lumpy? First of all, the lump happens because you add the milk too quickly. That’s why you should add the milk once at a time and always whisk when doing it. Second, if the lump already happens, just squash or break down it with the wooden spoon. That should do it.
Feel free to make as much gravy that you want now that you already know how to make white gravy properly.