Gravy might be one of the last things added to any good meal, but that in no way is meant to diminish its importance. Gravy can help to make an already great meal taste astronomically better.
It’s quite amazing how much of a difference a simple gravy can make towards improving a dish, especially considering how simple it actually is, when you break it down into basics.
Gravy is traditionally made from juices and drippings that run off of cuts of meat, or even off of vegetables and other produce, which are then mixed with thickening agents, such as flour, to create rich and thick sauces.
However, just because gravy is a relatively simple culinary invention, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to make it even more exciting!
Do you love beef gravy, but want to know how you can take it to the next level? Want to experience even more flavors easily, while still getting that iconic and meaty beef taste at the same time?
If you’re in this situation, then allow us to awaken you to a whole new world of amazing flavors. Read on below and explore 15 of the best beef gravy recipes we’ve ever encountered on the internet, that you can try right now!
Of course, we couldn’t start a list of the best gravy recipes without talking about a classic traditional recipe, could we?
This recipe from ‘Favorite Family Recipes’ makes the best use of the rich flavors of beef to create a gravy that will have you salivating at just the simple thought of it.
This recipe is very accommodating to different needs and tastes and can be made perfectly, either with beef broth or with beef stock. No matter what you use, this recipe will show you exactly how to draw out those latent flavors you love.
This gravy only takes about five minutes to make and can be done easily alongside the rest of your meal, making it a great hassle-free beef gravy recipe that won’t have you pulling your hair out.
Simply adding some delicious umami to your regular beef gravy can elevate your gravy beyond. Umami is often named as the ‘sixth taste’ and is rather difficult to describe.
It adds an entire realm of flavor that many people have never experienced before, therefore it is perfect when added into so many already familiar recipes.
Adding a light hint of umami flavor to a beef gravy not only helps to make the gravy taste all the better, but it also elevates the flavors of the meats, vegetables, or other foods that you pour it upon!
We really can’t recommend it enough, and it’s just so effortlessly simple to do!
Want to inject some fire into your next beef gravy? Want a flavor that is simultaneously savory and rich, but also warming and tantalizing. Try out this green peppercorn recipe from ‘Taste.com’.
The taste of the green peppercorns imbues the gravy with a deeply warm flavor that will cause your tongue to tingle lightly. It’s not an overly intense sense of spice, so it won’t put off any potentially fussy eaters, but it will still inject some life into a meal.
The recipe itself is very easy to follow and only requires a few standard ingredients, alongside the green peppercorns. You won’t have to hunt around for hours searching for what you need!
This recipe uses green peppercorns, in particular, because they have a slightly fresh and fruity taste that other peppercorns generally lack. This helps to further breathe new life into the recipe, while also keeping the focus on the taste of the beef.
This is probably the best-looking beef gravy we’ve ever laid our eyes upon. The smooth and light brown color of the gravy makes it a treat for the eyes, and your mouth can’t help but water as you take its glory in.
This gravy has a very smooth consistency and texture and looks simply amazing as it’s being poured out.
But don’t worry, it’s not just about how this gravy looks. It also tastes simply delicious as well. The thick texture of the gravy makes it feel amazing on your tongue, and it perfectly coats whatever you pour it on.
Meats can quickly absorb the flavors of the gravy, which makes every bite better than the last. The best way to experience these delectable flavors and textures is to try them for yourself!
With a nostalgic name like this, you can bet there’s some good history behind this gravy recipe. And that’s all for very good reason. This thick gravy is packed with everything you’d expect, but also a massively hearty helping of beef stock.
This makes this easily one of the richest gravies on this list. Every drop is seemingly packed with so much flavor you’ll wonder how it’s even physically possible!
Onions are the key factor in this recipe. But don’t worry, there’s still plenty of rich beef flavor deep in here. Beef and onions complement each other so well that it’s no surprise that they combine together so well to create such a good gravy.
The recipe, once again, is nice and easy to follow, but still yields incredible results that make every single second so worth it.
It’s smooth on the palette, and pairs well with dishes like Salisbury steak, or mashed potatoes. The sweet hints from the onions contrast with the rich and savory taste of the beef to create a flavor party on your tongue.
Simple is best. There are times when that adage really rings true, and this recipe is definitely one of them. This simple recipe for beef gravy helps you to create perhaps the perfect flavor that you imagine whenever you picture beef gravy in your mind.
This recipe could easily be the absolute prototype when it comes to beef gravy.
This recipe uses both chicken and beef stock, to create a meaty flavor from both the rich tastes of beef and the savory tastes of roast chicken.
The biggest downside to any good gravy is its significant fat content. Gravy could hardly ever be called ‘healthy’, but there are certainly ways to cut down on fat and salt, to make it more suitable for stringent diets.
This no-fuss recipe makes use of no drippings from meat, while still achieving a perfect beefy flavor. The lack of drippings may sound, on the outset, rather disappointing, but it not only helps to make the gravy far more healthy, but it also creates its own unique flavor.
The gravy is still very delicious and will have you feeling very fulfilled, no matter what you choose to pour it upon.
This recipe won’t cause you any great trouble, and won’t require you to juggle thousands of different cooking utensils, so you can achieve a healthier gravy with very little effort!
Now, this is the height of beef gravy decadence! The small shallots, plenty of rosemary, and a strong helping of red wine help to make this beef gravy taste fancy and exciting, while not costing the earth.
All you need to create this gravy is a few extra elements, including the shallots, rosemary, and the bottle of red wine. Once you’ve got all of the required ingredients, you only need to follow three simple steps to get this delicious gravy brewing.
You might have trouble stopping yourself from salivating as you make it, as the fragrance is enough to get your stomach rumbling!
We’ve featured some of Chef John’s recipes before. He has produced some of the best and tastiest recipes we’ve yet seen, and this gravy recipe is no different. Don’t worry, we’ve not suddenly shifted to talking about vegetarian alternative gravies!
This mushroom gravy recipe carefully employs beef stock to marry the flavors of mushroom and beef together to create a gravy that you’d have a tough time resisting.
Plenty of mushrooms, beef, and butter help to give this gravy a slightly creamy, salty, but ultimately, rich taste that is totally unparalleled, even when compared to other entries on this list. It’s truly something you have to try for yourself!
This recipe from ‘Just A Pinch’ starts a little differently from other recipes. To begin, you melt a few cubes of butter down until creamy, and then add a hearty helping of flour, and whisk it together until it thickens up.
Starting with the butter and flour helps you to expertly control the texture and consistency of the gravy. This gravy is definitely best consumed thick!
Once the flour and butter have been combined, you then simply add the beef stock and give it a good stir to mix it all together.
This recipe may not have too many bells and whistles, but it’s another great way to get that perfect beef gravy flavor with minimal effort, and without resorting to instant gravy powders.
A tablespoon of balsamic vinegar in this gravy imbues it with a slightly fruity and acidic kick that makes it exciting with every drop. The taste of the balsamic vinegar is, of course, perfectly complemented by the taste of the onions, the stars of this recipe.
This gravy perfectly pairs with so many dishes, such as the British classic ‘Bangers and Mash’. The sweet onions pair so well with some good sausages, and creamy mashed potatoes.
Just look at this beef gravy recipe. The intense, almost-black color of the gravy is enough to fill your mouth with the salty flavor of the gravy.
You can picture it perfectly pairing with some beautifully cooked beef, and draped over a pile of soft mashed potatoes.
The intense flavor from the red wine gives this particular gravy a sense of sophistication that will make you feel like you’re eating at a five-star restaurant!
The light beige color of this gravy is indicative of how much healthier it is than a standard gravy. However, its slight lack of intense color does not mean that it is lacking in any way when it comes to flavor.
No sirree. This gravy still packs a meaty punch, but without any of the hip-widening impacts!
And, it’s plenty easy to make, so you don’t have to wait around too long before chowing down on your delicious roast beef. In fact, this gravy tastes so good you could eat it with just about anything, not just roast beef!
Garlic and thyme are the perfect flavor agents to bring this beef gravy to life. Gravy already pairs so well with just about any ingredient, so it only makes sense that you would want to add it to a classic beef gravy recipe, right?
The thyme also goes a long way to giving this gravy a slightly herby taste that makes it taste fresh and fragrant, while the meaty tastes of the beef and the garlic help to make it truly fulfilling, and very hearty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Beef Stock The Same As Gravy?
Technically, yes. Gravy was originally invented to make use of juices from meat, often being made by drawing the flavors out from bones or off-cuts of meat by allowing them to simmer for hours.
Beef stock is made in much the same way and is then used to add flavor to gravies. Thus they do have an inherent similarity, despite not being exactly the same.
What’s Better For Gravy Broth Or Stock?
Neither option is better than the other. Both have their own incredible benefits and lead to similarly tasty results. They will both imbue a gravy with rich and meaty beef flavor.
Can I Use Plain Flour To Thicken Gravy?
You certainly can. Flour makes for a great thickening agent in a gravy, without affecting the flavor of said gravy.
You might want to mix the flour in a small amount of cold water before adding it to your gravy so that it can be slightly more paste-like, and so that you can avoid creating lumps.