The Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy

Make-ahead recipes are a lifesaver when the holidays roll around. Make this gravy recipe ahead of time and freeze it.

Classic brown gravy.
Photo by Tufgrlz B.
Classic brown gravy.
Classic brown gravy.

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

PREP TIME

20

minutes

TOTAL TIME

50

minutes

SERVINGS

4

servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    cup butter

  • 1/2

    cup all-purpose flour

  • 4

    cups Easy Chicken Stock

  • 1

    teaspoon rubbed sage

  • 3/4

    teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2

    teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2

    teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2

    teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 5 to 6

    tablespoons easy chicken stock (optional)

Directions

Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is light brown and smooth. Slowly whisk in 4 cups stock. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil, whisking occasionally. Reduce heat to medium; stir in sage and next 4 ingredients. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes or until desired thickness. To make ahead, cool gravy completely. Cover and chill up to 3 days. Cook gravy and, if desired, 5 to 6 tablespoons stock in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or until hot. Gravy Stir-Ins Mushroom Gravy: Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 (8-ounce) package sliced cremini mushrooms; sauté 6 minutes or until tender and browned. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon minced shallot; sauté 2 minutes. Add salt and ground black pepper to taste. Prepare recipe as directed through Step 1 or 2. Add mushrooms. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Hands-on 35 min., Total 45 min. Fresh Herb Gravy: Prepare recipe as directed through Step 1 or 2. Stir in 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, 1 teaspoon thinly sliced fresh chives, 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon, and 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Hands-on 25 min., Total 35 min. Sherry Gravy: Prepare recipe as directed through Step 1 or 2. Remove pan from heat; stir in 1/4 cup sherry, bourbon, or brandy. Return to medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Hands-on 25 min., Total 35 min.

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