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How to Make Gravy from Crock Pot Roast Juice

How to Make Gravy from Crock Pot Roast Juice

There are lots of ways to make gravy, but the easiest and tastiest way is to make beef gravy from crock pot roast juice. The next time you make a roast in the slow cooker for Sunday supper or anytime, be sure to save the beef drippings and follow our easy gravy recipe below.

How to Make Gravy from Crock Pot Roast Juice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups roast juice
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Pour 2 cups of strained broth from roast beef into a crock pot and set to high heat.
  • Now take another pan and melt butter in it over medium-low heat.
  • Once butter is melted, whisk in the flour and cook for 3-5 minutes until combined and starting to bubble. Don’t let the flour darken at this stage.
  • Now pour 1 cup of the hot roast juice into the flour mixture and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into the crockpot with the remaining roast juice.
  • Whisk to combine until smooth.
  • After that, cover and cook over high heat for 30 minutes to 1 hour until thickened.
  • Now uncover and allow to cool slightly, and season with pepper and salt to taste.
  • Serve warm with the desired meal.
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How to Make Gravy from Crock Pot Roast Juice Recipe

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups roast juice
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Pour 2 cups strained broth from roast beef into a crock pot and set to high heat.
  • Now take another pan and melt butter in it over medium-low heat.
  • Once butter is melted, whisk in the flour and cook for 3-5 minutes until combined and starting to bubble. Don’t let the flour darken at this stage.
  • Now pour 1 cup of the hot roast juice into the flour mixture and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into the crock pot with the remaining roast juice.
  • Whisk to combine until smooth.
  • After that, cover and cook over high heat for 30 minutes to 1 hour until thickened.
  • Now uncover and allow to cool slightly and season with pepper and salt to taste.
  • Serve warm with the desired meal.

Mastering the Gravy Texture

Creating the perfect gravy texture is an exhilarating journey from the rich beef drippings of your crock pot roast to a silky, mouthwatering sauce that elevates the meal. Achieving that velvety thickness with just the right flow requires employing specific techniques and adjusting the consistency to your preference.

Thickening Techniques

There are several tried-and-true strategies to thicken your gravy, and your choice will depend on preference and pantry availability:

  • Roux: Start by mixing equal parts of butter and all-purpose flour. Cook it until it’s a golden-brown paste, then whisk it into your roast juices for a classic, rich thickening base.
  • Slurry: Combine cornstarch, potato starch, or arrowroot with cold water in a 1:1 ratio. Stir this into your gravy for a quick and smooth thickening agent. For gluten-free options, cornstarch or arrowroot are your best bets!
  • Starch Alternatives: Afraid of gluten or looking for something different? Tapioca could be your solution, lending a glossy thickness without altering the flavor.

Always remember, start with a small amount and gradually increase until you reach your desired thickness.

Achieving the Desired Consistency

Once you’ve chosen your thickening method, it’s time to bring your gravy to its ideal consistency:

  • Too Thin? Just add a bit more of your chosen thickener—a teaspoon at a time, until you’ve hit that rich, luxurious texture.
  • Too Thick? Slowly incorporate more moisture. This could be broth, water, or even a bit of wine to both thin your gravy and add an extra zing of flavor.

The beauty of gravy lies in the reduction; simmering it enhances the depth and concentration of flavors, naturally thickening the mixture. Remember, the goal is flavorful, velvety gravy that coats the back of a spoon—the sign you’ve nailed it!

Enhancing Flavor and Presentation

When crafting the perfect gravy from your crock pot roast juice, boosting the flavor and eye appeal will take your dish from delicious to irresistible! Let’s start by infusing your pot roast gravy with a blend of robust herbs. Add a sprig of thyme, some rosemary, and a few leaves of sage while simmering to infuse aromatic undertones that complement the richness of your roast.

Incorporating Worcestershire sauce or a dash of red wine introduces a complex depth that will have your taste buds dancing. If you prefer a touch of sweetness, a spoonful of honey can transform your gravy into a beautifully balanced sauce.

To ensure everyone can savor your creation, keep it gluten-free with a cornstarch slurry as a thickener. This simple switch makes your homemade gravy a delight for all dietary needs. Here’s a quick guide for seasoning:

Herb/Seasoning Quantity
Thyme 1 sprig (remove before serving)
Rosemary 1 sprig (remove before serving)
Sage 2-3 leaves (remove before serving)
Worcestershire Sauce 1 tablespoon
Red Wine 1/4 cup (optional)
Honey 1 tablespoon (optional)

For a delicious pairing, pour your flavorful gravy over creamy mashed potatoes or accompany it with tender pieces of leftover roast beef meat. Enhance your slow cooker gravy by sautéing a finely chopped white onion and some red potatoes until golden in olive oil—then blend them into your gravy for an extra pop of flavor and a heartwarming presentation. Your guests will marvel at this simple yet sophisticated touch on a beloved classic.

Frequently Asked Questions

Get ready to elevate your dishes with mouth-watering gravy made from crock pot roast juice. These FAQs will give you the scoop on achieving the perfect consistency and flavor in your gravy made from pot roast drippings.

What’s the secret to thickening up my pot roast gravy to perfection?

To achieve that wonderfully rich and thick gravy, use a slurry made from equal parts cold water and flour, or substitute corn starch for a clearer finish. Stir this mixture into your simmering roast juices until it reaches your desired thickness.

Can you add gravy mix directly to the slow cooker with my roast?

Yes, you can! For a hassle-free thickening, sprinkle your favorite gravy mix or soup mix into the slow cooker during the last hour of cooking. This will allow it to meld with the roast juices and thicken as it cooks.

What are some creative ways to turn slow cooker chicken juices into a savory gravy?

To transform your chicken juices into a savory delight, consider adding herbs like rosemary or thyme, a splash of white wine, or even some cream for richness. Simmer and reduce the juices, then thicken as desired to create a gravy that’s packed with flavor.

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Author

  • Laurie Graves

    Laurie is a 50-something wife and boy mom, who loves to share easy recipes, DIY home ideas, and food hacks. She truly believes that with a little inspiration, anyone can make their home and meals feel special.

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