How To Make Gravy From Scratch

How To Make Gravy From Scratch

Making gravy from scratch is easy to do and allows you to avoid the highly processed ingredients which can typically be found in store-bought gravy. Follow this guide for our simple steps and tips on how to make gravy from scratch.

Start with a foundation of flavour, using ingredients like onions, mushrooms and/or celery and build on it with herbs and either vegetable stock, red wine or nut milk. Gravy is then thickened with some form of starch; anything from all-purpose flour to corn starch or potato starch. No matter which ingredients you’re starting with, you can always use an immersion blender to ensure your gravy has a smooth, luxurious texture. 

In this version we keep it very simple and build upon browned onions, fresh thyme and a bit of garlic. We further season the gravy with vegetable bouillon, soy sauce as well as black pepper and combine full fat coconut milk with oat flour to get a rich, creamy gravy that pairs well with everything.  

Preparation time: 15 minutes, cooking time: 20 minutes, yielding about 1.5 litres of gravy. 

What you will need
  • A medium-sized pot
  • A mixing bowl
  • A whisk
  • Optional: immersion blender
  1. Place a medium sized pot over medium to high heat and add olive oil, diced onions, crushed garlic flakes, fresh thyme and cook, stirring frequently.
  2. While the onions cook, combine oat flour, bouillon powder and black pepper powder with a few tablespoons of coconut milk in a bowl. Mix well into a smooth paste before adding the remaining coconut milk and soy sauce, mixing thoroughly.
  3. When onions are golden brown, soft and translucent, add water and the coconut milk mixture, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil and allow it to boil for a few minutes until the sauce starts to thicken. Reduce heat to medium and continue simmering until sauce reaches your desired consistency.
  4. It is important to note the longer you cook the sauce, the thicker it will get. Likewise, as the sauce cools it will also thicken. If you prefer a silky smooth texture, use an immersion blender. Serve over mashed potatoes or over anything that needs a delicious rich gravy.
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