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Country Gravy

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Country Gravy
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 15 min
  • Servings 16

Country gravy, also called sawmill gravy or white gravy, is a staple of hearty Southern cooking. It can be used as a creamy blanket for chicken fried steak or to accompany a plate of freshly baked biscuits at breakfast time. This recipe is a down-home classic that takes just 15 minutes to pull together. MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 12, 2019
Gold Medal Flour
Make with
Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

1
tablespoon vegetable oil
2
tablespoons Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
cup milk
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper

Steps

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  • 1
    After removing cooked meat from skillet or pan, add oil to drippings in skillet. Stir in flour, scraping up brown particles. Cook over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture is light golden brown.
  • 2
    Stir in milk. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is boiling and thickened. If gravy is too thick, stir in more milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency. Stir in salt and pepper.

Expert Tips

  • A country-style gravy—sometimes called a white gravy—is really just a pan sauce made from the drippings in a skillet after cooking meat. It’s most often made with milk that’s thickened by making a roux—cooking flour into the remaining fat in the pan. But another method is to make a slurry of milk or broth with the flour whisked in (or shaken with the liquid, like grandmas used to do) until it’s smooth. The slurry is stirred into the hot pan drippings and is cooked until thickened.
  • Seasoning well is essential. Be sure to taste for salt once the gravy is as thick as you’d like, then add some freshly ground pepper for a little warm spiciness.
  • The trick to smooth, creamy gravy is to use a wire whisk when adding the flour to the drippings. Beat the drippings rapidly with the whisk while adding the flour to avoid lumps.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Tablespoon
Calories
35
Calories from Fat
20
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 1/2g
4%
Saturated Fat
1/2g
3%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
90mg
4%
Potassium
45mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
3g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
2g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Everything tastes better with a little gravy on it: chicken, carrots, potatoes, noodles, burgers. This simple country gravy recipe from the Betty Crocker Test Kitchens makes it easy to smother your favorite meats and carbs with a heaping spoonful. Check out Betty’s collection of gravy recipes and learn to make it perfectly with instructions on how to make gravy.

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