Here is a very simple recipe to make a great tasting beef gravy. You can use it over Steaks & mashed potatoes, Loco Mocos OR whatever you love gravy on!!
And if you want to jazz it up… you can sautée fresh mushrooms and add to the gravy and serve over breaded cube steaks or even a juicy ribeye… there are endless ways to use this wonderful gravy!!
Gluten Free Homemade Beef Gravy
- 2 Tablespoons Beef Base (I like Better Than Bouillon)
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot or Cornstarch
- In a small bowl dissolve Beef Base into Water. Set aside.
- Next melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add Arrowroot and whisk together, making sure to get all visible lumps out.
- Turn heat to low and SLOWLY add broth, stirring constantly.
- Turn heat back up to medium and continue stirring until gravy boils and thickens.
Well my gravy was a disaster yesterday. I have no idea where I failed, but the darn thing never thickened and looked like thin au jus unfortunately. Since I have a lot of leftovers because I cooked a 25 pound turkey, I made a new batch of gravy today — and it is perfect!
Never give up, today is a brand new day to try at it again!
- 1 cup pan drippings
- 2 cups turkey or chicken stock
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup arrowroot or more if you want thicker gravy
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Pour drippings into a fine mesh strainer then allow the drippings to cool a bit so that the fat rises to the top and starts to solidify. Use a spoon to remove the fat.
- In a pot on high heat add drippings and stock. Bring to a boil.
- Remove pot from heat add arrowroot, constantly whisking to combine until completely dissolved.
- Next add butter and stir until butter is melted.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately, or keep on very low heat until you’re ready to serve.
While we were over in Maui, my husband kept seeing Loco Moco on various restaurant menus. He finally indulged and ordered Loco Moco even through he isn’t a huge fan of gravy and was splendidly surprised at how tasty the meal was.
Loco Moco is a hawaiian meal said to originated back in the the 1940s in Hilo, Hawaii. While there are many variations, the traditional loco moco consists of white rice, topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and smothered in brown gravy.
My husband asked for Loco Moco for dinner a few nights after coming home from Maui. And since it sounded fairly simple I decided to try and recreate this Hawaiian meal for the family.
While I was at Walmart, I noticed they had a Gluten Free Brown Gravy Packet by Pioneer Brand. I bought a couple of packets to try out with my Loco Moco recipe and was quite happy with the taste. Now normally I would probably make my gravy from scratch, but I really wanted to try the packet out to see how it was and happy that I did. It made the prep work quicker.
I don’t normally buy sauce in a jar just because I can make it better and it is more affordable if it is homemade as well.
Add a caesar salad to go with your pasta and you have an awesome dinner!
Italian Sausage, Garlic and Basil Pasta Gravy
30 oz tomato sauce
6 oz tomato paste
8 oz mushrooms
1 lb Italian sausage, sliced
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp dried basil
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
Heat a deep skillet or medium heavy bottomed sauce pot over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon, 1 turn of the pan, extra-virgin olive oil to pan or pot. Brown sausages 2 minutes on each side, transfer to cutting board. Slice. Add back to pot with garlic, mushrooms, tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil and salt. Bring sauce to a bubble, then reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer sauce until ready to serve over your favorite pasta.