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Tips for Making Delicious Country Gravy from Scratch

No comfort food is ever complete until it is balanced by a good country gravy. Learn how to make country gravy at home within minutes using the following delectable recipes.
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Recipe for making country gravy
A country gravy is best made with whole milk. While cooking this gravy, ensure that you keep stirring vigorously to avoid any lumps. The result should be a smooth, free-flowing, and thick gravy.
Cooking country gravy from scratch is the easiest thing to do. Neither does this simple recipe demand any obscure ingredient, nor does it require a lot of time. Anything spicy can be subdued with a very neutral taste of this sauce, and every item that seems too less for the table can be filled up with this gravy.

You can serve it with mashed potatoes and with meat, only to rest assured that it will be savored equally in both the cases. Besides the basic gravy of flour, milk, salt, and pepper, you can make various combinations of your own. You can pair it with many different culinary delights and experiment with its flavoring. Let's take a look at different ways in which you can make this gravy to add an interesting shade to your dinner.

Ways to Cook Country Gravy at Home

Country-style Gravy Recipe From Scratch

Basic country gravy

Ingredients
♨ Milk, 4 cups
♨ All-purpose flour, ¾ cup
♨ Vegetable oil, ½ cup
♨ Salt, 1 teaspoon
♨ Ground black pepper, 1 teaspoon

Method
♨ In a large skillet, heat the oil.
♨ Add flour, salt, and pepper to the oil, and whisk until smooth.
♨ Let this cook for about 10 minutes till the flour is slightly browned.
♨ Slowly pour in the milk as you keep stirring. Ensure that no lumps are formed.
♨ Keep stirring until the milk is thickened.
♨ If the gravy becomes too thick, add little more water to reach the desired consistency.

Country Gravy with Chicken Fried Steak

Country gravy with fried steak

Ingredients
♨ Tenderized steak, 3 pounds
♨ Whole milk, 3-4 cups
♨ All-purpose flour, 2 cups
♨ Canola or vegetable oil, ½ cup
♨ Eggs, 2
♨ Butter, 1 tablespoon
♨ Salt, 2 teaspoons
♨ Paprika, ¾ teaspoon
♨ Seasoned salt, ½ teaspoon
♨ Cayenne pepper, ¼ teaspoon
♨ Kosher salt, as required
♨ Freshly ground black pepper, a pinch

Method
♨ Begin working with the meat first.
♨ In a bowl, mix flour, seasoned salt, black pepper, paprika, and cayenne. In another bowl, beat the eggs and milk to make a frothy mixture.
♨ Sprinkle some kosher salt and a little pepper on the meat, and dip it in the egg mixture.
♨ Next, place the meat in the flour mixture to make a fine layer on it.
♨ Heat some oil in a skillet, and over medium heat, add butter.
♨ As the butter begins to sizzle, place the meat in it and let it cook.
♨ In a large skillet, heat the oil and sauté flour, salt, and pepper until smooth.
♨ Cook until the flour is brown, and stir in milk to make a gravy of a thick consistency.
♨ Ensure that you stir constantly to avoid any lumps.
♨ Soak the excess oil from the meat with a paper towel, and pour the country gravy over it for a delectable dinner!

Country Gravy with Sausages

Country gravy with sausages

Ingredients
♨ Pork sausage, 1 pound
♨ Milk, 2 cups
♨ Chicken bouillon, 2 cubes
♨ Onion, finely chopped, 1
♨ Green bell pepper, finely chopped, 1
♨ Fresh parsley, minced, ¼ cup
♨ Unsalted butter, 4 tablespoons
♨ All-purpose flour, 4 tablespoons
♨ Minced garlic, 2 tablespoons
♨ Red pepper flakes, crushed, 1 teaspoon
♨ Fresh sage, minced, 1 teaspoon
♨ Fresh thyme, minced, 1 teaspoon
♨ Salt and pepper, to taste

Method
♨ In a medium-sized skillet, heat oil and cook pork with onions, green bell pepper, red pepper flakes, and garlic until the pork is crispy.
♨ Add butter, salt, and remaining pepper to the meat mixture in the skillet. Just as the butter begins to melt, sprinkle all-purpose flour.
♨ Keep stirring the mixture till the flour is mixed well with the remaining ingredients.
♨ Now, slowly pour in the milk, and ensure you keep stirring till the mixture gets a thick gravy.
♨ Add the chicken bouillon, and let your dish cook for yet another five minutes.
♨ Just before serving, garnish it with parsley, sage, and thyme.

Country Gravy with Bacon

Country gravy with bacon

Ingredients
♨ Bacon, 6 strips
♨ Milk, 2½ cups
♨ Butter, ¼ cup
♨ Bacon grease, 4 tablespoons
♨ Flour, 4 tablespoons
♨ Chicken bouillon, 1 cube
♨ Garlic clove, minced, 1
♨ Salt and pepper, as per taste

Method
♨ In a large skillet, cook the bacon slices with one-fourth cup of butter till they are just about crispy.
♨ Remove from heat once done, and keep about four tablespoons of bacon grease aside.
♨ In the same skillet, brown the flour and bacon grease together until they are thoroughly combined. Slowly pour in milk to make a mixture of a thick consistency.
♨ Next, add the garlic and chicken bouillon to the mixture and keep stirring.
♨ Let the mixture simmer for about 5-10 minutes till the gravy thickens.
♨ Now, crumble the fried bacon over it, and let the mixture simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
♨ Season your bacon with country gravy along with salt and pepper as per taste.

Country Gravy with Meatballs

Country gravy with meatballs

Ingredients
♨ Ground meat (of your choice), 1 pound
♨ Cooked rice, 4 cups
♨ Milk, 2½ cups
♨ Breadcrumbs, ½ cup
♨ Egg, 1
♨ Flour, 4 tablespoons
♨ Garlic powder, 1 teaspoon
♨ Garlic salt, 1 teaspoon
♨ Lemon pepper, 1 teaspoon
♨ Onion powder, 1 teaspoon
♨ Salt and pepper, as per taste

Method
♨ In a big bowl, mix all the ingredients except milk, all-purpose flour, and salt, pepper, and breadcrumbs.
♨ Mix the ingredients well to make the dough for meatballs.
♨ Once your dough is ready, mold it into small meatballs of a desired size.
♨ Dust each of these with breadcrumbs.
♨ In a large skillet, heat oil and fry these meatballs.
♨ Once the meatballs are almost cooked, mix the all-purpose flour, and let it cook.
♨ Next, pour in the milk and keep stirring it till you get a thick white gravy.
♨ Make sure that you keep stirring to prevent formation of lumps.
♨ Sprinkle some salt and pepper as per taste, and serve it hot.

Although making this gravy seems simple, frying the meat can be an equally difficult task. There are visual and olfactory cues to know that the meat is cooked. These are sharpened and honed with practice. However, every time you cook, pay careful attention to the color of the meat, the aroma it is exuding, and try to link it to a memory of a delicious meal you had. This way, you will enhance your cooking skills with the help of your intuition. Depending on cookbooks is one thing, but when your gut guides you, know that you rarely get it wrong. Hope these recipes are motivation enough to cook a meal that pleases many palates.
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Published: May 5, 2014
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