Simple and Delicious Homemade Gravy

Brown Gravy
Brown Gravy. Brian Hagiwara/Photolibrary/Getty Images
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins,
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Yield: 8 servings
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If you want brown gravy for meatloaf, the Canadian specialty poutine or hot roast beef sandwiches using roast beef from the deli, you have to make some up fresh without the benefit of pan drippings from roast beef. Many cooks use a store-bought mix to do this quickly, but making your own brown gravy from this recipe takes about the same amount of work and time as using a mix. But you'll be wowed by the taste of this version; it knocks it right out of the park.

What You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 clove
  • garlic, minced
  • 1 quart (4 cups) cold beef broth (as high-quality as possible)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon 
  • Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon 
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, until the mixture is golden-brown and smells like cooked pie crust.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  4. Whisk in a cup of the cold beef broth and then add the ketchup, mustard and Worcestershire sauce.
  5. Bring to a simmer, constantly whisking, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and season with salt and pepper.


    You've likely heard a lot about Canadian poutine. It's a specialty of Quebec and is super simple. It's hot french fries covered with your cheese of choice and then smothered in brown gravy. The gravy is supposed to melt the cheese, so it should be very hot. Canadians love the stuff, and now many Americans are hooked.

    Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

    One of the all-time great uses for leftover roast beef and brown gravy can be made even if you didn't spend all day Sunday making that roast beef like your grandmother used to do. Place a couple of slices of deli roast beef on a slice of quality white bread (yes, only white bread will do) and cover with a hefty portion of gravy and salt and pepper, to taste. A great weeknight meal in the winter.

    Brown Gravy From Drippings

    Genuine homemade brown gravy is made with drippings from roast beef. Here's how:

    1. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the drippings from the pan.
    2. Add 2 tablespoons flour and stir and cook until the flour is browned.
    3. Add a cup of milk and stir in, being careful to lift up the meaty bits left in the pan; then add a cup of water. (If you'd like to cut some calories, use 2 cups of water and lose the milk. It will take a bit longer to thicken.)
    4. Cook on medium-high, stirring constantly, until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes.
    5. Season with salt and pepper to your taste.

    Serve over roast beef and the potatoes you've made to accompany it. It's just not Sunday dinner without it, at least not Grandma's Sunday dinner.