This extremely flavorful homemade gravy recipe is very easy to make and is the perfect complement to all your holiday roasts.
Prep Time: 5minutes
Cook Time: 20minutes
¼cuprendered fat, butter, oil, or lard
1peeled and small diced shallot
1small diced celery stalk
1peeled and small diced carrot
2finely minced garlic
3-4parsley stems with leaves
3-4fresh thyme sprigs
4cupsstock or rendered meat juices
salt and pepper to taste
Add the fat to a roasting pan or pot over medium heat.
Place in the shallots, celery, carrots, garlic, parsley, thyme, and rosemary and lightly brown while stirring every 20 to 30 seconds, which takes about 5 minutes.
Next, stir in the flour until it is completely combined to make a roux.
Pour in the stock or meat juices and turn the heat to high while stirring to mix in the roux while occasionally stirring.
Once the mixture is to a boil and is thick, turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper, and then strain the mixture through a chinois or fine mesh strainer and serve it.
Optionally sprinkle on some fresh chopped parsley, thyme, and rosemary.
Chef Notes:Make-Ahead: You can make this recipe up to 3 days ahead of time. Keep cool until ready to use.How to Store: Cover and keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. You can freeze this, but the sauce may break, and you will need to rethicken it.How to Reheat: Add the desired amount of velouté to a small size saucepot and heat over low heat until hot. You may need to rethicken it using a small amount of roux.If rendered meat drippings are not an option, substitute for butter or lard.When making gravy specifically for your holiday turkey, add 3-4 leaves of fresh sage when adding in the other herbs.You can substitute the shallot for a yellow, white, sweet, or red onion.If you are making this for a holiday meal, I highly recommend prepping the mirepoix 1 to 2 days ahead of time to alleviate any cooking pressures.While your protein is resting once it finishes roasting in the oven or smoker, this is the perfect time to make this.