If you are from the South or the Midwest, you know why you need a good country gravy recipe! This rich and creamy gravy is a staple for every household. It’s a simple recipe and the first ingredient is pan drippings (grease), how can you go wrong?
I won’t say this is the healthiest recipe on here, but if you’re looking for gravy, chances are you are looking for a cheat meal today. Life’s about balance, right?!
If you’re having chicken fried steak, fried chicken or anything else fried really, you already have the best grease to get started. Save the pan drippings and set the meat aside. Whenever we have bacon, I strain the grease and store it in a glass jar by my stove. This is usually my go to when making the gravy on it’s own… it truly is dreamy!
Add grease of your choosing to the hot skillet. If you are using pan drippings, just make sure the skillet is still warm. Make sure you have at least four tablespoons of leftover grease from your fried meat.
Mix in four tablespoons of flour. This is your roux, which is just fat and flour mixed to thicken your sauce or gravy. It will start to bubble when the two mix. Make sure you let them marry and turn to a golden color.
Once mixed well and golden, slowly and I mean slowly, drizzle in your milk or cream. Whisk constantly to make the smoothest gravy. At first your gravy will thicken in to more of a paste texture, keep adding milk. Adding milk too fast can make it harder to combine with your roux, which will turn it clumpy and way more work for you.
When you reach a smooth and creamy texture, reduce your pan to a simmer and let your gravy thicken. This should take no longer than five to seven minutes. It will likely get a film on top, just stir and it will disappear.
Finally, add salt and pepper to taste and smother your food in creamy goodness!
- 4 tbsp. Grease (can use butter, lard, or pan drippings)
- 4 tbsp. Flour
- 2-3 C. Milk (can use heavy cream)
- Add grease to hot skillet.
- Whisk in flour and continue to stir for 2-3 minutes.
- When color is golden, slowly drizzle in milk. Make sure to whisk constantly.
- Once well mixed, turn to low and let simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
- Once it reached desired consistency, add salt and pepper. Serve and enjoy!