At its very simplest gravy is fat, starch, and liquid. Here we use margarine, flour, and milk, but you can use many combinations of the three basic ingredients for different kinds of gravy including “exotics” like tomato gravy and cheese gravy. Gravy made with animal fat carries the flavor of the animal and the seasonings used to cook that animal, like Thanksgiving Turkey gravy or Pork Chop gravy. This gravy is white because it calls for milk, but gravy made with broth is often tan or brown and more savory with a richer depth of flavor. Very delicious! As vegetarians leaning vegan we opt out of animal fats and prefer margarine. Even this recipe is a special treat because it calls for milk, a non-vegan ingredient. I haven’t tried vegan-milk gravy but we probably will someday!
- 1 tbs margarine
- 2 tbs flour
- 2 tsp pepper
- 1 1/2 cups milk
Melt butter in a warm pan.
Stir butter and flour with fork to make a roux.
Brown the roux.
Add milk and pepper.
Bring to a simmer.
Simmer 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
When the mixture coats the back of the fork, remove from heat.
Pour over biscuits (or waffle biscuits) and enjoy!