101 Cooking For Two - Everyday Recipes for Two: How To Make Gravy - 101

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

How To Make Gravy - 101

Ahh gravy, the nectar of the gods according to one ATK episode I saw the other day. This seems to be hard for everyone (including me) except my wife. So I used my stealing of her pot roast recipe as an excuse to get a gravy lesson also. This is easy.

So this post is not a recipe but instructions about technique. Even if you don't use it, I will in the future so I'm posting it.

To start, read and understand the instructions BEFORE you start. You will not have time to read and do this at the same time.

Required equipment: Tupperware Quick Shaker, stove top pan with large bottom, a large slotted spoon or whisk

You need fluid from your meat with some fat in it. Here we have about 2 cups worth of liquid from our pot roast. We wanted more gravy so we added a can of beef broth. You could add soup base or bullion for more flavor. Also add salt to taste.

The liquid needs to be in a stove top safe pan. Now over HIGH heat, bring the liquid to a hard boil.Turn on two burners if the pan will cover them.

While the liquid is heating combine about equal amounts of AP flour and COLD water in your Tupperware Quick Shaker. For this day it was 1/2 cup each. That amount should be adjusted down to make smaller amounts. Shake vigorously and continuously. Get it all mixed together and keep shaking to prevent lumps.

VIGOROUSLY STIRRING while pouring the flour mixture in

Once you have the flour mixed and the liquid is at a HARD BOIL, slowly add the flour mixture to the area of hardest boil SLOWLY while VIGOROUSLY stirring with a slotted spoon or whisk. Pay attention to the thickness and stop adding the flour mixture when you get most to the consistency you want. It will thicken a little with the cooking in the next step.

Continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes while still stirring continuously then remove from heat and serve immediately.

NOTES: The Tupperware Quick Shaker is almost mandatory in this technique. You can try whisking in a bowl but I don't think it will work as well. Can you say lumps. These are about $13 on Amazon, eBay, a Tupperware dealer or a mall kiosk near you. Google is your friend again.

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