How to make Basic Homemade Gravy
Every year, people buy those nasty packaged or canned gravies because they are terrified of having to make it from scratch. I'm here to tell you, gravy is one of the simplest, and cheapest, things you can make (although, admittedly not one of the healthiest). All you need to make any basic gravy is OIL, FLOUR, and WATER. That's it! Of course, it wouldn't taste very good without salt and pepper. So here goes:
Step 1: Use the grease drippings from any meat that you cooked- from your roasted turkey, from your breakfast sausage patties, etc. You only need about 4 tablespoons of oil for about 8 servings of gravy, so chances are you already have too much drippings… but try to get as much of the leftover meat in with the oil, because it will make the gravy better. If you don't have any drippings, just use canola oil!
Step 2: Heat the oil over medium to medium-high heat
Step 3: After oil is hot, add 4 tablespoons flour, and STIR constantly for 2 minutes. You want the mixture to end up a brown color, but you don't want it to burn (so stir.)
Step 4: Here is where you can get creative. Either add 3 cups of water, or 3 cups of any kind of broth. Continue to stir.
Step 5: You'll want to salt and pepper your gravy. Be aware that if you added a salty broth, you probably don't want to add too much salt at this point.
Step 6: At this point, your gravy is probably very watery. Don't fret! Keep that heat up, and keep stirring, and it will thicken! Cook and stir until you're happy with how thick it is!
Congratulations-- you just made homemade gravy!