Enjoy your homemade country gravy!
- 4 tablespoons butter or bacon grease
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups milk
- Salt, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- Optional: a pinch of cayenne pepper or dried herbs for added flavor
Melt the Fat: In a large skillet or saucepan, melt the butter or bacon grease over medium heat.
Make the Roux: Add the flour to the melted fat. Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon, cooking the mixture for about 2 minutes until it turns a light brown color.
Gradually Add Milk: Slowly pour in the milk, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Keep whisking until the mixture is smooth.
Season the Gravy: Add salt and ground black pepper to taste. For extra flavor, you can also add a pinch of cayenne pepper or your choice of dried herbs.
Simmer to Thicken: Continue to cook the gravy, stirring frequently, until it thickens to your desired consistency. This usually takes about 5 to 10 minutes.
Adjust and Serve: Taste and adjust the seasoning if necessary. Serve the gravy hot with your favorite dishes like biscuits, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, or over breakfast items.
- Seasoning is Key: Adjust the seasoning to your taste. Black pepper is essential for that classic country gravy flavor.
- Consistency Adjustments: You can alter the thickness by adjusting the amount of milk. Add more for a thinner gravy, less for thicker.
- Flavor Enhancements: For added flavor, consider incorporating garlic powder, onion powder, or herbs like thyme.
- Storing and Reheating: Store in an airtight container in the fridge. When reheating, do so slowly, stirring frequently.