A classic recipe for brown beef gravy. If you like gravy, you'll love this!

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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Sprinkle flour over the beef drippings in a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until smooth and brown. Gradually stir in the water so that no lumps form. Boil until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper.

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Nutrition Facts

76.4 calories; 9.7 g protein; 6.1 g carbohydrates; 24.7 mg cholesterol; 300.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2004
This is a good basic recipe. I have been making gravy this way for years the only thing I do differently is I use bacon and fry it and not only use the drippings but I fry the bacon pretty crispy and crumble it up and throw it in there too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2006
Pretty good. Not the country style gravy I was going for. Instead of 4 cups water I did 2 cups water 1 cup milk and 1 cup buttermilk. I had to add cornstarch to thicken it up to my liking and added more salt and pepper. My dinner guests added more salt to it during dinner. Read More
(3)
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2004
This is a good basic recipe. I have been making gravy this way for years the only thing I do differently is I use bacon and fry it and not only use the drippings but I fry the bacon pretty crispy and crumble it up and throw it in there too. Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2006
Very good, although I added beef bouillon shakers for extra beefy flavor. Also used 1/2 cup milk for extra creaminess. Thanks for a recipe that will be put to use often! Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
02/20/2005
I did use 1/2 cup of milk and 1 1/2 cup of water for more of a country creamy gravy. It turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2004
Turned out VERY GOOD as is and it was the first time I made gravy! I love gravy and this one was very good over mashed potatoes and beef. Although I think I might try to use beef stock next time for extra nutrients and flavour and see how that turns out I think this recipe works fine with just the water and tastes good. I was impressed. Read More
(15)
Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2004
Very very good. Yields less than I thought it would but still excellent. I made it with Prime rib drippings and followed the recipe exactly and it was great. One of the best I've ever tried. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
Absolutely awesome! This was my very first attempt to making home made gravy from pan drippings... and it was delicious! My hunny said it was better than his favorite gravy that his mom makes - that should be another rating in itself!!! Thanks D! It's delish! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/26/2006
The gravy was a little thin so I almost doubled the flour used 3 T. grease from roast as pr. recipe and 2 cups of the liquid from roast. My husband doesn't like any gravy except chicken and really loved this. Thanks for the simple yet taste recipe. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2006
Like a previous user said I started with bacon drippings and it was FANTASTIC! I did 1 1/2 the recipe and made 1/3 of the liquid milk instead of water to give it creaminess. Incredible! I'll admit I added a few extra things like some black pepper about 6 drops of hot pepper sauce and a little powdered beef stew seasoning and gravy thickener because I was worried it would be too thin. In the end it was phenomenal and the texture was perfect. Like another previous user I also knew the ingredients but not the proportions and this one was right on the money! I also got my kids to taste it as supper is still a couple of hours away and they LOVED it!-- Simple and delicious--it would be hard to go wrong with this recipe as a base. Keep in mind the liquid boils out so if you want a full two cups of gravy change the recipe to say '3 servings' instead of 2. Enjoy! Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
06/17/2005
My boyfriend has been craving a gravy like this and this was perfect. I used chicken drippings - perfect - I knew what I needed but wasn't sure what proportions to use. This was exactly what I was looking for thanks!!! Read More
(5)
Rating: 3 stars
08/18/2006
Pretty good. Not the country style gravy I was going for. Instead of 4 cups water I did 2 cups water 1 cup milk and 1 cup buttermilk. I had to add cornstarch to thicken it up to my liking and added more salt and pepper. My dinner guests added more salt to it during dinner. Read More
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