All Purpose Gravy

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    This gravy can be served with almost any type of meat or poultry or with mashed potatoes. If you would like to double the recipe, use a Dutch oven to give the vegetables ample space for browning and increase the cooking times by roughly 50 percent.

    The finished gravy can be frozen. To thaw either a single or double recipe, place the gravy and 1 tablespoon of water in a saucepan over low heat and bring slowly to a simmer. The gravy may appear broken or curdled as it thaws, but a vigorous whisking will recombine it.


  1. 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped into rough 1/2 in pieces (about 1/2 c)
  2. 1 small celery rib, chopped into rough 1/2 in pieces (about 1/2 c)
  3. 1 small onion, chopped into 1/2 in pieces (about 3/4 c)
  4. 3 T unsalted butter
  5. 1/4 c flour
  6. 2 c chicken broth, reduced sodium
  7. 2 c beef broth, reduced sodium
  8. 1 bay leaf
  9. 1/4 t dried thyme
  10. 5 whole black peppercorns
  11. salt to taste
  12. pepper to taste


  1. In food processor, pulse carrot until broken into rough 1/4 inch pieces, about five 1 second pulses.
  2. Add celery and onion; pulse until all vegetables are broken into 1/8 inch pieces, about five 1second pulses.
  3. Heat butter in large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat; when foaming subsides, add vegetables and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and well browned, about 7 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium; stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, until thoroughly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
  5. Whisking constantly, gradually add chicken broth and beef broth; bring to boil, skimming off any foam that forms on surface.
  6. Reduce heat to medium-low and add bay leaf, thyme, and peppercorns; simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced to 3 cups, 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Strain gravy through fine-mesh strainer into clean saucepan, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids.
  8. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

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Serves: 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Course: Condiment/Sauce
Type of Food: Gravy,Condiment/Sauce
Key Ingredient: Carrots,Onions
Difficulty: 1 - Easy
Make Ahead: Yes
Prep Method: Stovetop
Themes/Holidays: Thanksgiving

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