Basic Gravy

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Active: 45 min
  • Yield: About 8 cups of gravy



  1. Strain the pan drippings into a fat separator or large liquid measuring cup; set aside. Place the empty roasting pan across two burners over medium-high heat. Add a splash of water and scrape up any browned bits; add them to the drippings.
  2. Spoon or pour off 1/2 cup of the fat from the drippings and transfer back into the roasting pan. (If you don't have enough fat to make 1/2 cup, add vegetable oil.) Set the roasting pan over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and cook, whisking, until smooth and golden, 2 to 3 minutes. 
  3. Whisk in the defatted drippings and enough broth to make 8 cups total liquid. Bring to a simmer and cook, whisking, until thickened, 15 to 25 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.