Perfectly creamy and savory, this easy white gravy recipe is a country gravy recipe that's been in my family for generations! This delicious white gravy recipe is made with bacon, fresh herbs, and freshly cracked black pepper for tons of flavor. Enjoy this recipe with country-fried steak, chicken tenders, over some garlic mashed potatoes, or poured over hot biscuits fresh out of the oven.
If you've ever bought gravy packets or enjoyed Cracker Barrel's sawmill gravy, I'm here to show you how to recreate an even more delicious creamy country gravy in the comforts of your own home.
White gravy is one my favorite comfort foods to enjoy alongside classic southern dishes. I'm talking chicken-fried steak, buttermilk fried chicken, and my all time favorite - buttermilk biscuits! Smother fresh hot biscuits in this southern white gravy and it's literally the perfect accompaniment.
What makes this homemade gravy recipe so special is that it uses bacon fat to add a little extra flavor. More importantly, since this recipe doesn't call for meat drippings - we're using the rendered bacon fat (basically bacon grease) as pan drippings instead.
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I'll show you step by step how to make this easy white pepper gravy in a matter of minutes so that you'll have the perfect gravy on your table in no time. Happy cooking!
White Gravy, also known as white sauce, is essentially a béchamel sauce but with a little more pizzazz. Classic white gravy is made with butter, flour, and milk and usually seasonings like salt, pepper, and sometimes garlic powder.
This recipe is a little bit different in that I added fresh herbs, bacon, and chicken broth to really up there flavor and give the gravy some character. It's amazing how a few simple ingredients turn can take an already delicious gravy and make it unforgettable!
Bacon - I like using center cut bacon, it tends to have really good marbling and therefore renders fat well.
Garlic - opt for fresh garlic cloves over garlic powder for better flavor.
Fresh Herbs: fresh thyme, fresh sage, fresh rosemary - these really add so much depth to this white gravy recipe.
Butter - what's a homemade white country gravy without butter?! Unsalted butter works best to control the salty flavor, but you can use what you have. Just taste as you go.
All Purpose Flour - this is to thicken the gravy.
Whole Milk - the milk really adds a nice creamy texture and smoothness to this gravy.
Chicken Broth - any broth or stock works here and if you don't have either, you can use water.
Black Pepper - you'll need plenty of black pepper. I used 1 tbsp of fresh ground black pepper, use more if you'd like!
This easy homemade white gravy recipe goes with everything from pork chops to fried chicken. It's even great on breakfast pizzas or a good base recipe for sausage gravy. Try these recipes also:
Make Ahead - you can make this gravy and store it in an airtight container up to 4 days prior to serving. When reheating, I recommend adding a little milk to the pan to loosen it a bit as the cold gravy tends to thicken up in the fridge.
Storing: store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Reheating: reheat the gravy in a pan on low OR microwave in 45-second increments until warm throughout. Add a splash of milk to loosen up the gravy if it becomes too thick.
Yes! Add to a freezer safe airtight container or a freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you're ready to reheat, place the gravy in a baking dish and heat in the oven on 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes, until fully defrosted and warmed all the way through.
Thicken your white gravy by adding flour OR cooking the gravy for an additional 5 minutes. By making a roux, the gravy will thicken on its own throughout the cooking process.
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