How to Make Store-Bought Gravy Taste Homemade

Make your store-bought gravy taste homemade by adding a few ingredients you probably already have in your cabinet.


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You Will Need

  • Scrapings from the pan
  • Drippings
  • Onions or shallots
  • Butter
  • Peppers
  • Mushrooms
  • Rosemary
  • White wine
  • Spirits
  • Cream, half-and-half, or low fat milk
  • Roasted garlic
  • Meat (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Add dripping

    Liven up store-bought gravy by adding the scrapings from the bottom of the roasting pan and a little bit of the drippings.

  2. You can also add bits of the meat you're pouring the gravy on.

  3. Step 2

    Add onions or shallots

    Spice up the flavor by sauteing caramelized onions or shallots in butter. Add 1/4 cup of onion for each cup of gravy.

  4. Step 3

    Add spice to gravy

    Add spice to the gravy by finely chopping dried ancho, habanero, or chipotle peppers and stirring them in.

  5. Step 4

    Make a savory gravy

    Make a savory gravy by adding sauteed onions, mushrooms, rosemary, and white wine.

  6. Step 5

    Add liquor

    Enhance the flavor by adding a shot your favorite spirit. Brandy, port wine, cognac, and sherry are all great choices. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons for each cup of gravy.

  7. Step 6

    Make creamy gravy

    Make creamy gravy by adding cream, half-and-half or low fat milk to the gravy.

  8. Step 7

    Add roasted garlic

    Jazz up the gravy by whisking in 2 to 3 tablespoons of roasted garlic for each cup of gravy. Don't forget to pass out the breathe mints. Enjoy!

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