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How to Make Gravy with Beef Broth

How to Make Gravy with Beef Broth

Get your hands on the classic homemade beef broth gravy that is perfect for the holiday season and any other time! This recipe is made with beef broth, thickened with cornstarch slurry, and seasoned to perfection with dried thyme.

Beef broth is the secret to this fool-proof gravy recipe’s savory and zesty flavors. It’s flavorful, easy to make, and the perfect complement to your favorite meats, including roast beef, turkey, chicken, and more.

It’s an essential staple to have on hand to serve alongside your favorite dishes that will sure to please kids and adults alike. This gravy recipe can also be made in advance and used repeatedly. Keep reading to learn how to make gravy with beef broth.

How to Make Gravy with Beef Broth

It’s hard to beat the taste of homemade brown gravy made from beef broth. From the smell that permeates your house while it simmers to its rich, savory flavor, beef broth gravy is delicious, comforting, and warms the soul.

What to Serve with Beef Broth Gravy?

What should you serve with your new beef broth gravy recipe? The sky’s the limit! Here are a few suggestions that you can try:

  • Mashed Potatoes – Beef broth gravy is an excellent match for mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes are easy to make and a great way to include comfort food in your family’s dinner.
  • Meatloaf – Beef broths are always best served with thick, hearty cuts of meat. A meatloaf with beef gravy tastes superb. Adding this gravy to your meatloaf will add rich, savory flavor and moisture.
  • Rice – Warm rice dish with beef broth gravy poured all over it is out of this world! People love rice because it is the ultimate comfort food, so serving beef broth gravy on it is a match made in heaven.

Key ingredients

  • Beef Broth: Use homemade or canned beef broth.
  • Thyme Leaves: This herb adds an earthy aroma to any food dish and pairs particularly well with meat gravy.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: (optional). If you enjoy Worcestershire sauce on burgers or steaks, then feel free to add one tablespoon of it to your gravy—this will give your gravy a tangy kick!
  • Salt and pepper to taste: If you’re using canned beef broth, check the taste of gravy before adding salt.

How to Make Gravy with Beef Broth

Ingredients

  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme (zaatar)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Place the beef broth in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  2. Add the onion powder and garlic powder (and Worcestershire sauce if desired).
  3. Mix the cornstarch and cold water together in a small bowl until there are no lumps in the mixture.
  4. Add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling beef broth and simmer on medium-low heat. Keep stirring until thickened.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add zaatar and let it simmer for 5 minutes so that all the flavors infuse into the gravy.
  6. Serve with your favorite meat, vegetable, or potato dish.

How to Make Gravy with Beef Broth

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce optional
  • ¼ cup of cold water
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme zaatar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Place the beef broth in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Add the onion powder and garlic powder (and Worcestershire sauce if desired).
  • Mix the cornstarch and cold water together in a small bowl until there are no lumps in the mixture.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the boiling beef broth and simmer on medium-low heat. Keep stirring until thickened.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. Add zaatar and let it simmer for 5 minutes so that all the flavors infuse into the gravy.
  • Serve with your favorite meat, vegetable, or potato dish.

How to Thicken Beef Broth Gravy?

You should always add corn starch slurry to thicken the gravy. It will keep your gravy rich and flavorful every time. Start with one tablespoon of corn starch to 1 cup of beef broth and stir to dissolve. It should get you started. However, adding a bit more of the slurry is always better to get your gravy the right consistency. You can always reduce the slurry, but adding more of it can’t go wrong.

How to Store the Leftovers

  • Store – If you keep your homemade beef gravy in an airtight container in the fridge, it will stay fresh for up to five days.
  • Freeze – If you have leftovers, you can freeze them in airtight containers or freezer bags for up to four months.
  • Reheat – The gravy can be reheated directly from frozen without any issue. Ensure it comes to a boil before serving.

Why is My Beef Broth Gravy Lumpy?

The lumpy gravy is usually a result of too much cornstarch, which can’t dissolve properly in cold beef broth. Here are a few ways to fix lumpy gravy:

  1. Always dissolve the cornstarch in the hot broth, then add cold broth to the hot broth.
  2. Time your gravy making carefully so that the cornstarch is incorporated into the gravy mixture at the last possible moment.
  3. Add the cornstarch a little at a time.
  4. Be sure to stir continuously while adding cornstarch.

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