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How to Make White Gravy


Learn to make white gravy from scratch by following a few basic steps

You can make flavorful white gravy in a few simple steps.

Gravy is an essential part of many warm, home-cooked dinners; Southern biscuits, mashed potatoes, and chicken-fried steak just wouldn’t be the same without it. If you’ve been using store-bought gravy, consider learning to make your own from scratch (the premade version tends to be loaded with salt and preservatives).

The basic process of making any gravy is simple; make a roux by mixing equal parts flour and fat, add any meat flavor that you have (stock, drippings, or — in this case —broth), deglaze the pan with stock or wine, and then season the gravy, whisking and stirring as you go.

White gravy follows these same basic principles. If you’re looking for an easy-to-make (yet super delicious) white gravy recipe to serve alongside your dinner, we’ve got one that you should try; it develops extra flavor by using bacon fat to make the roux and it’s balanced nicely by a touch of creamy half-and-half. If you don’t have the half-and-half on hand you could substitute whole milk or heavy cream; you’ll still get delicious and well-balanced white gravy.

Click here to see our favorite white gravy recipe.

Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.


What do I serve with White Gravy?

Put a dollop on top of Southern crispy fried chicken. It could also add peppery flavors to country-style pork chops. White gravy, plus your scones, biscuit, or French fries are also epic combinations. It goes well with almost any fried Southern dish.

Can you make White Gravy with cornstarch?

Yes, you can, but don’t add the cornstarch directly to the pot. Make a slurry first by combining 1 tbsp of cornstarch with a little cold water. Mix well, then toss into the white gravy.

Can you freeze White Gravy?

Absolutely! You can freeze it, and it will keep for a week. Place in an airtight container first.

Can I use bacon grease to make White Gravy?

Of course! White gravy makes use of pan drippings or lard. If you want to infuse your country-style white gravy with smoky flavors, bacon grease would do the trick. You may also use fried chicken or sausage drippings.

How can I fix White Gravy that is too thin?

Boil your white gravy for a bit longer. If that doesn’t work, mix some cornstarch or flour with water in a bowl. Make a paste by mixing both, then add the mixture to the white gravy that’s cooking.

What should I do if my gravy is too thick?

Whisk in a bit more milk to lighten the gravy a bit. Gravy that’s too thick is quite common since it thickens more as it cools down.