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Classic Southern Gravy

Real Southern gravy is rich, creamy, and an important part of the Southern food pyramid. It should be smooth as silk and rich as a Houston oil tycoon. Serve it hot over biscuits, potatoes, meat, or bread. Makes 2 cups

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 83 kcal
Author Marye


  • 1/4 cup fat bacon fat is preferred -- no it's essential -- if you are making cream gravy
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk, chicken stock, turkey stock, or beef stock
  • Salt and cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Add the fat to a heavy skillet, melting it if it's solid.
  2. Whisk in the flour until no lumps remain.
  3. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until it starts to brown and smell a little like roasting pecans.
  4. Whisk in the milk or stock, a little at a time, stirring until smooth and no lumps remain.
  5. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring constantly, for a few minutes or until it thickens.
  6. Taste and add salt and pepper plus any other herbs and seasonings you'll be using.
  7. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Classic Southern Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 83 Calories from Fat 66
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7.3g 11%
Cholesterol 9.1mg 3%
Sodium 22.7mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.1g 0%
Sugars 1.5g
Protein 1.2g 2%
Vitamin A 2%
Calcium 3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.