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It doesn’t matter if you’re preparing for the holidays or just want to sauce up steak, chicken or a bone-in pork chop, gravy is a fantastic way to enhance whatever it is you’re cooking, especially protein or mashed potatoes. It all starts with a roux.
How to Make a Roux
A roux is a thickening agent that help to create the perfect gravy consistency that we know and love.
A roux starts with equal weighted parts of butter (or any other kind of fat) and flour. For this particular roux, I used 4 Tbsp. of butter and 6 Tbsp. of flour.
Add the butter to a medium-size sauce pot over low heat and once it is melted, whisk in the flour until completely combined. This is known as a white roux, which is perfect if you’re adding in milk or a light-colored chicken stock, but for true gravy-like color, it’s important to cook the roux until it turns a darker blonde color.
How to Thicken Gravy
After 4-5 minutes of cooking over low heat, add in 4 cups of chicken stock and whisk until combined. If you plan to serve this gravy over a steak, use beef stock instead of chicken stock.
Once combined, bring the liquid to a boil. This will activate the roux and allow the gravy to thicken.
How to Season Gravy
Now that the gravy is thick, it’s time to add some flavor with seasonings. I recommend adding 1 tsp. of garlic powder, 1 tsp. of onion powder, 1 Tbsp. of fresh chopped parsley, salt and pepper.
Whisk all of this together and you’ll have beautiful chicken gravy that will go perfectly with chicken, pork or holiday turkey, of course!