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How to Make Brown Gravy

Whether you're making mashed potatoes, roasting a turkey or beef roast, you're probably going to want to smother these things in a delectable gravy. See our easy steps to learn how to make brown gravy, a Thanksgiving staple and a simple recipe that every home cook should have his or her back pocket. When you're making brown gravy, it's important to be patient! Follow the instructions below to learn how to make brown gravy.

STEP 1: Collect Your Pan Dripping or Fat

If you're cooking a turkey or a beef roast, you'll want approximately two tablespoons of the drippings from the meat for about four servings of gravy – a little more of the drippings if you need more servings. Add this to a sauce pan.

STEP 2: Sprinkle Flour

For two tablespoons of drippings, add two tablespoons of all-purpose flour and cook until brown about 2 minutes. Whisk the flour mixture the whole time to ensure there are no lumps. When you're learning how to make brown gravy, you want to be sure to cook the flour all the way, or else the gravy can end up tasting more like flour and less like gravy!

STEP 3: Add Broth

When making brown gravy use a broth that is matches the meat you are cooking. So for beef roast use beef broth, and for roast turkey, use turkey brothSlowly stir in two cups of broth into flour mixture, then whisk to combine. Be sure to scrape all the bits from the bottom of the pan. You can add a little milk, cream or water to your gravy. Just keep the ratio at 2 cups of liquid.

STEP 4: Cook and Stir

Cook over medium-high heat stirring occasionally, for eight to ten minutes until gravy has thickened. Season the brown gravy with salt and pepper to taste.

Once you learn how to make brown gravy, you'll be using it on all types of dishes, from mashed potatoes to roasted turkey and much more! Making brown gravy is a cinch. Find out how to make other types of gravy, like turkey gravy, or country gravy!