All-Purpose Gravy

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“An America's Test Kitchen recipe that I received in an email. What's great about it is that it can be made ahead and frozen (a great holiday time saver!) since it doesn't use any pan drippings.”
2 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat butter in large saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add vegetables and cook, stirring frequently, until softened and well-browned (about 7 minutes).
  3. Reduce heat to medium.
  4. Add flour, stirring constantly, until well-browned (about 5 minutes).
  5. Gradually add broths while whisking constantly.
  6. Bring mixture to boil and skimming off any foam on surface.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and add bay leaf, thyme, and peppercorns.
  8. Simmer, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes until thickened and reduced to 3 cups.
  9. Strain gravy through fine-mesh strainer.
  10. Press on solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
  11. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  12. To thaw frozen gravy:.
  13. Add gravy to pan with 1 tablespoon of water and warm on low heat until thawed.
  14. Gravy may appear to have separated.
  15. Whisk vigorously to recombine.

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