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Lump-Free Homemade Brown Gravy Is Possible: Here is How To Make It

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Lump-Free Homemade Brown Gravy Is Possible: Here is How To Make It

You'll never want to use instant gravy again when you discover how simple it is to make brown gravy from scratch. All you need are a few ingredients, a whisk and a little wrist action. Sounds easy enough, right?

If you've ever made bechamel sauce then learning how to make homemade brown gravy will be a breeze with our tips.

How To Make Homemade Brown Gravy

Gravy is basically roux (a mix of melted butter and flour) blended with stock. If you've never made a roux, no worries. You can still make a delicious lump-free gravy at home by following this easy recipe.


  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of beef stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

What To Do

  • Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once the butter has melted sprinkle 4 tablespoons of flour into the skillet while whisking to incorporate. Continue stirring or whisking the roux until it smells nutty and the color darkens slightly, a process that'll take about five minutes.
  • Continue whisking while slowly (very slowly) adding 2 cups of beef stock to the skillet. Add the stock gradually, whisking vigorously to ensure a lump-free brown gravy. At this point the gravy may have a few lumps, continue whisking until they disappear. 
  • You'll have a smooth sauce that will still be runny. Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every so often, until the gravy thickens.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

This recipe yields two cups of brown gravy and can easily be doubled depending on how many people you are feeding. Once you master the technique of how to make homemade brown gravy you could get creative and use bacon grease or drippings from a roast in place of butter.

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