Oh My Gravies!!

Oh My Gravies!!
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2020 really tried hard to bite us in the biscuits. Oh my gravy, truth is truth! But what do we do when someone wants our biscuits?


WE MAKE GRAVY!

turkey gravy in a white gravy boat


Gravy is something that I used to really have trouble with. My mama, bless her soul, tried to show me how but, as you all know, I didn’t really learn how to cook until about 10 years ago and its been experimental. I must admit, I think I got this gravy thing down. Yes, I have my flub-up’s. Too thick, too thin, or worse….burnt!

Gravy is as versatile as potatoes. There is a type of gravy for any type of meal. Today we will dive into the meat gravies. (Sounds like a yummy swim, doesn’t it?) Let me show you just how simple a dish this is to make.

Where’s the Beef (gravy, that is…)

rich brown gravy poured over mashed potatoes from a white gravy boat with parslay
Oh my gravy!!

Beef gravy is rich and heavenly smooth. It is perfect with a roast or for topping a pile of mashed potatoes.

I add it to beef stews, as well, to give it that somethin’ special. To jazz up your stew or roasts, take about a cup of the liquid from the pot and mix in a 3 tablespoons of the dry mix until smooth. Pour it back in and stir. It will give the broth a richness that will wow your family table.

TIP: In place of instant coffee in the dry mix, you can add a cup of brewed coffee to the pan.

Happy Chicken, Happy Me


This version of the gravy is not just for chicken. You will find that it is just the right flavor for sliced turkey or even pork. After you brown your poultry or pork (yes, this is the recipe I use for my pork chops), add the water and gravy mixture to the drippings and bring to a boil until thickened.

chicken gravy boiling in a saucepan with a wire whisk

This may be my most used gravy. I came by this recipe purely by accident, to be honest.\ My gravy mixes are made in bulk. I saw I was out of beef gravy mix and I had a few spare minutes, so I started adding all my ingredients to a quart jar. The last ingredient is always the beef bouillon. To me it’s like the icing on the cake. I opened my cabinet to get it (remember the rest of the ingredients are already in, so there is no turning back!) and dag-nab-it! I was out of beef bouillon!

What was I to do? I could have just put the lid back on and went to the store for the missing ingredient. Yes, I could have even just made a note to pick some up later since I was about to get busy and couldn’t go out. But no! I hate leaving things undone. That OCD part of my brain said, find a way. So I did. I saw I had chicken bouillon so I put the equivalent amount of it in the mix and shook it up.

That night I was going to make up something with some fajita chicken. I just didn’t know what. So I cooked the chicken fajita strips in a skillet and put them aside just as I would normally do when making beef-tips and gravy. I mixed the gravy and water as I did with my beef gravy (minus the coffee) and it came out such a pretty color I thought wow, this may work.

chicken gravy in a metal bowl

The chicken strips went back in the pan and served it over egg noodles. My guys here were very happy. My son asked what brand of jarred gravy I used and I should put it on our regular shopping list. I was all smiles when I told them it was my own recipe. Don’t you love happy accidents?

Now for the Twist!

mushroom gravy over grilled chicken

Versatility is a must when it comes to the kitchen. I think that is one of the reasons I love this recipe so much. when I was able to turn it into a completely different gravy just by changing the bouillon, I knew it would be a game changer. There are so many bouillons out there! This also works for vegetarians and vegans when you use vegetable bouillon into the mix.

Tip: You can also use pork, chicken, vegetable or beef stock instead of water with the dry mix to increase the flavors.

This recipe is also easy to make mushroom gravy. Simply sauté sliced mushrooms in 2-3 tablespoons of butter. once they are done, pour in the mix/liquid mixture and stir until thickened. It’s oh my gravy good!

sliced beef with gravy and vegetables

Beef Gravy Mix

Top your favorite red meats with this rich and delicious gravy to get a restaurant quality with a homemade touch.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 11 batches of gravy
Calories 77 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ⅔ cups cornstarch
  • 6 tbsps beef bullion powder
  • 4 tsps instant coffee crystals
  • 2 tsps onion powder
  • 1 tsps garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in an airtight container.
  • To make into gravy, mix 3 tablespoons of the dry mix with 1 ½ cups water or broth) in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for one minute or until thickened.

Notes

Use beef broth instead of water for a stronger flavor.
gravy and turkey

Chicken Gravy Mix

This "chicken gravy" isn't just for chicken. Try it with pork, turkey or just because!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 11 batches of gravy
Calories 77 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ⅔ cups cornstarch
  • 6 tbsp chicken bouillon powder or preferred bouillon flavor
  • 2 tsps onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients in an airtight container.
  • To make into gravy, mix 3 tablespoons of the dry mix with 1 ½ cups water or broth) in a medium saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil and simmer for one minute or until thickened.

Notes

You can replace the chicken bouillon with any flavor including vegetable bouillon to suit your needs and tastes.
Try replacing the chicken bouillon with chicken stock or broth for a more intense flavor.


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