Homemade Redneck Gravy

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I have been told by many people that my gravy is the best around.  I have to admit it’s pretty darn good.  It took me years to perfect the recipe.  All of the ingredients don’t have to be exact and you will find that you may use more or less of them once you have made it.  You can also adjust the ingredients up or down depending on how much gravy you would like to make.  This recipe can also be altered to make either country-style white, chicken or beef gravy.  Just substitute either chicken or beef broth for the milk.

IMG_1804Country Style White Gravy

3 TBSP of bacon grease or lard
5 TBSP of flour
3 cups of milk
Salt & pepper

Heat the bacon grease or lard in a frying pan until hot, turn the heat down to med/high, add the flour and stir with a wire whisk vigorously, DO NOT STOP STIRRING, cook for about 1 minute.  Add 2 cups of the milk stirring vigorously with the whisk, DO NOT STOP STIRRING, add the third cup of milk and continue to stir.  Depending on how thick you like your gravy you can add more milk at this point.  Add salt and pepper according to your taste.    The gravy will thicken upon cooking so keep an eye on it, if it gets too thick, add a little more milk.  Turn the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

Keep in mind that it took me years to get this gravy perfected, so if it doesn’t turn out perfect the first time, keep at itThe most important part of making gravy from scratch is that you cook the rue mixture for at least a minute to cook the flour taste out.  Also, during the first stages of the cooking you have to stir continuously or you will ruin your gravy.

Additions:
If you would like to make a sausage gravy, you can pan fry some sausage, remove from the pan and drain.  Continue to make your gravy and once it is set add the sausage.  You could also do this with hamburger or bacon.  Another addition you could try is adding a can of mushrooms to your brown gravy.  Drain the mushrooms and continue to make your gravy and once it is set add the mushrooms.  Heat for a couple of minutes to heat the mushrooms through.

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