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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: You can also add bits of the meat you're pouring the gravy on.
  • 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.
  • Step 3: Add spice to gravy Add spice to the gravy by finely chopping dried ancho, habanero, or chipotle peppers and stirring them in.
  • Step 4: Make a savory gravy Make a savory gravy by adding sauteed onions, mushrooms, rosemary, and white wine.
  • 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.
  • Step 6: Make creamy gravy Make creamy gravy by adding cream, half-and-half or low fat milk to the gravy.
  • 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!
  • FACT: Statistics show that families that eat together boast kids who are happier, are better students, are healthier, and are less likely to do drugs.

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)

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