Simple Brown Gravy

Simple Brown Gravy
Simple Brown Gravy

Whether the holidays are upon us, or it's just a regular weeknight at home, you can never go wrong with a Simple Brown Gravy recipe. This easy-to-make condiment makes a great way to dress mashed potatoes, turkey breast and more. When the holidays roll around, there is always a need for gravy. It's nice to have a recipe on hand you can turn to instead of buying anything from the store. Not only will it taste better, but it won't take much effort at all to make! Impress your friends and family this year when you make the entire holiday meal from scratch.


  • Kitchen Bouquet or Worcestershire sauce is added for color and deeper flavor, and can be omitted if desired. 


  • This recipe is appropriate for a chicken or vegetable gravy as well; simply substitute a good quality low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth for the beef. 


These Ultra Creamy Mashed Potatoes are the perfect way to try out your fresh-made gravy!


Makes2 cups of gravy

Cooking Time5 min


  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kitchen Bouquet or Worcestershire sauce (see note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place broth, butter, Kitchen Bouquet, onion powder and paprika into a 2 quart saucepan and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Lower heat to a simmer.

  2. In a small bowl, stir together the water and cornstarch to form and very smooth paste, called a slurry. Dip about 2 tablespoons of the hot broth into the slurry and stir until pourable and smooth, then stir the slurry into the simmering broth. Continue to cook and stir until the mixture is of the consistency you like, about 3 more minutes. (The gravy will thicken slightly more off the heat). Taste and add salt and pepper as desired.

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Most of the time I make my own gravy, but I will use store bought if I'm in a hurry or wore out from work.

I use store bought gravy because I cant make it the way my momma did.

Never store-bought gravy in my house. If it gets that difficult to make, we'll go without before we buy it.

I have always used flour as a thickening agent in gravy. I think I will switch to corn starch to see if I get a smoother consistency and better taste.

Well after reading this recipe I now know why my many brown gravy attempts have been epic fails. I've always tried the browning the flour method and for some weird reason although I got the color I was looking for it just never tasted right. This is the way gravy is supposed to look and I can't wait to make it!

This is so easy! I always thought gravy was so hard to get the consistency that I wanted, but following this recipe made very easy. This is now my gravy of choice. Whenever we have gravy, I make this. It's very easy to customize to your meals. We have had this with chicken, pork, beef, and venison. Very versatile recipe to have in the collection!

A good gravy can really lift a meal from ordinary to delicious and this recipe is a VERY GOOD gravy! I have never previously used paprika in gravy but will do it every time from now on cos it really is delicious. One could also add a little garlic powder for a slightly different flavor. The gravy is beautifully rich and flavorful and this recipe is definitely a keeper!

I love a good gravy. This is a great sounding recipe. I have never put butter into a gravy before so I am keen to try it. I agree with the addition of the Worcestershire sauce and wouldn't leave that out as I know it definitely adds to the flavor in a big way.

My baby brothers are on a school break so that means the food is going to be depleted. Something about growing kids huh. I still have some potatoes and beef stock left so this recipe came in handy. Ive never made gravy before but I learnt how simple it is and its very creamy and delicious.

Instructions say to put beef broth, BUTTER, etc. in saucepan. Ingredient list does not have butter/amt. listed.

Hello and thank you for pointing out our error! The recipe has been adjusted to reflect the changes. Hope this helps!

the recipe calls for butter but does not say how much?


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