This easy homemade gravy takes only a few minutes of prep and it’s so thick, creamy, and flavorful, your guests will rave over it! Believe it or not, this recipe requires no meat drippings at all, so you can make it the day before to save yourself some stress and hassle when cooking the rest of the meal, which is key when you have family or guests over.
I’m so glad you stopped by! We are having a Traditional Thanksgiving Progressive Dinner Blog Hop Style!
12 Fabulous Bloggers are sponsoring this Thanksgiving Dinner. Be sure to visit them all for some great recipes for your holiday table.
For this stop in the progressive dinner, I am sharing a great recipe for easy homemade gravy. This gravy is super-convenient because it requires no meat drippings, so you can make it ahead of time and have one less thing to worry about when you are preparing the meal!
Learning how to make gravy without drippings was a huge relief for me, especially when it comes to hosting big dinners. I have found over the years that the more I can prepare ahead of time, the better off I am, so I always keep this recipe in my back pocket for those times.
Although we focused on Thanksgiving for this progressive dinner, you don’t have to wait for a big holiday to enjoy a nice meal with flavorful, delicious make ahead gravy to make it special!
Tips for making easy homemade gravy
- You can change up the flavor for your meal by changing up the broth. Use beef broth to go along with beef dinners, and chicken broth to go along with turkey or chicken.
- Watch the heat to avoid burning.
- Make sure you whisk continuously as you add the broth to avoid lumps.
- Feeding a crowd? Just go ahead and double the recipe!
Looking for some other side dishes for your meal to go with this make ahead gravy recipe?
We love this Easy Crock Pot Garlic Parmesan Bread. There’s no kneading required, and it won’t take up precious oven space. There’s nothing like serving fresh-baked, homemade bread with your meal.
Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts is another great side dish to include. Brussels sprouts get a bad rap sometimes, but I have had a lot of success with this recipe. They come out tender and tasty, and I have received a number of slightly surprised compliments on them!
For something a little more unique, you can check out Quinoa with Artichokes and Chickpeas, which is a delicious combination of flavors and textures, sure to impress your guests.
Don’t forget to check out all the other dishes in our amazing progressive Thanksgiving dinner!
Easy Homemade Gravy
Easy, delicious, and no meat drippings required!
- Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
- Add the onion and cook until it just starts to brown.
- Stir in the flour and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add in the broth and whisk until combined.
- Cook uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
- Reduce heat to medium and stir in the half and half and salt and pepper.
- Serve hot.
- If you are serving a beef dinner, use beef broth. For turkey or chicken, use chicken broth.
- For the smoothest gravy, make sure to whisk continuously while adding the broth.
- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for 7-8 days.
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