Country Gravy

There’s something deeply comforting about homemade gravy, a versatile sauce that has the power to transform the simplest meals into something special. The first time I decided to make gravy from scratch, I was aiming to bring a touch of homeliness to a family dinner. The result was a revelation: a creamy, rich sauce that elevated everything it touched, from biscuits to mashed potatoes. This particular recipe, with its base of butter or bacon grease and seasoned to perfection, is a classic take on gravy that anyone can master. It’s a reminder of the power of simple ingredients to create dishes that are both nourishing and heartwarming.


  • 4 tablespoons butter or bacon grease
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • Optional: a pinch of cayenne pepper or dried herbs for added flavor


  1. Melt the Fat: In a large skillet or saucepan, melt the butter or bacon grease over medium heat. This base not only provides flavor but also is crucial for creating a smooth roux.
  2. Make the Roux: Sprinkle in the flour while stirring constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon. Cook the mixture for about 2 minutes until it adopts a light brown color, which is the foundation of your gravy’s thickness and flavor.
  3. Gradually Add Milk: Slowly pour in the milk, continuing to whisk constantly to prevent any lumps from forming. The key here is patience; add the milk gradually and keep whisking until the mixture becomes smooth.
  4. Season the Gravy: Season with salt and ground black pepper to your liking. If desired, add a pinch of cayenne pepper or dried herbs to introduce an extra layer of flavor.
  5. Simmer to Thicken: Let the gravy simmer, stirring frequently, until it reaches your desired consistency. This process usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes.
  6. Adjust and Serve: Do a final taste test and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve the gravy hot, as a companion to biscuits, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, or even over breakfast dishes like eggs and hash browns.

Preparation Time

  • Preparation Time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: Approximately 160 calories per serving
  • Servings: This recipe yields about 4 servings

Additional Tips

  1. Choosing the Fat: The choice between butter and bacon grease can affect the flavor of your gravy. Butter gives a rich, creamy taste, while bacon grease adds a smoky, savory depth.
  2. Avoiding Lumps: The key to a smooth gravy is whisking continuously while gradually adding the milk to the roux.
  3. Adjusting Thickness: If your gravy is too thick, you can thin it by whisking in a little more milk until you reach the desired consistency. If it’s too thin, let it simmer a bit longer while stirring frequently.
  4. Flavor Variations: Don’t hesitate to experiment with different herbs and spices according to your preference. Thyme, sage, or smoked paprika can add unique twists to your gravy.
  5. Storage: Leftover gravy can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently on the stove, adding a little milk if necessary to adjust the consistency.

FAQ Section

Q: Can I make this gravy gluten-free? A: Yes, you can substitute the all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. Just ensure it’s a type that can be used 1:1 for regular flour.

Q: How can I make a dairy-free version of this gravy? A: For a dairy-free version, substitute the milk with a plant-based milk such as almond, soy, or oat milk. Keep in mind that the choice of milk can slightly alter the flavor and thickness.

Q: Can this gravy be made ahead of time? A: Absolutely, you can make this gravy ahead and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat it on the stove over low heat, adding a little extra milk to achieve the right consistency.

Q: What can I do if my gravy is too salty? A: If the gravy is too salty, adding a bit more milk can help dilute the saltiness. Alternatively, a small amount of sugar or apple cider vinegar can balance out the flavors.

Q: Can I freeze this gravy? A: While you can freeze gravy, the consistency may change slightly when thawed and reheated. It’s best enjoyed fresh but can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Homemade gravy, with its rich and creamy texture, is a testament to the beauty of simple cooking. It’s a versatile sauce that can enhance the flavor of numerous dishes, making it a valuable skill for any home cook. Whether you’re dressing up a weeknight dinner or preparing a feast for a special occasion, this gravy recipe is sure to bring a touch of comfort and sophistication to your table.