....a few years back, a friend of mine was going to run to the store and get gravy mix for dinner. She was out, and didn't know how to make it from scratch.
Trust me, it's easy, cheap and fast. Here is a basic recipe that will give you gravy in a jiffy, and is so good that you may never buy a gravy mix again. Vary it as you like and use whatever options you please to make it meat gravy, vegetarian gravy or whatever. It all works....just taste and adjust. :)
2 tablespoons meat drippings from your roast, chicken, pork chops, or 2 tablespoons vegan margarine for veggie version.
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup broth, boullion, milk, water, veggie stock or any combination thereof.
Salt and pepper to taste
Kitchen bouquet or Gravy Master browning sauce (optional)
Start heating your drippings in a pan of your choice. Once hot, stir in your flour and stir until the mix is bubbly and smooth. If you want a browner gravy, continue to stir until mixture is a golden brown.
Add liquid. There's a debate on whether to add it slowly or all at once. I'm an all at once person. My end product turns out smoother (for me).
Cook and stir over medium heat until boiling. Boil and stir for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from heat, and season with salt and pepper, or other seasoning of your choice.
Southern Sausage or Bacon Gravy for Biscuits
Cook and brown sausage or bacon until done; make a double batch of gravy, use the drippings from the meat of choice, and stir in cooked meat at end of the cook.
Do the same with hamburger as you would with sausage. Use either beef stock or milk as your liquid as you like, and stir in a little chili powder. Serve with mashed potatoes.