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Southern Country Gravy Recipe

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2 tablespoons butter (or neutral oil)

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 1/4 cups whole milk

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Pinch cayenne, optional


  1. To begin, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour. Whisk the simple roux and cook for about 2 minutes, enough to cook the flour, without creating a brown gravy.
  2. Next, add about 1/2 the milk to the pan, whisking to combine. As the mixture comes up to a simmer and thickens (this will only take a minute), add the second half of the milk, along with the salt, fresh ground black pepper, garlic powder and the pinch of cayenne, if using.
  3. Let the homemade gravy come back up to a simmer. Taste and adjust seasoning. For best results, serve the cream gravy soon after it's finished cooking. If you need to reheat later, warm gently over a medium-low heat with and additional quarter cup of milk and whisk while heating.


If you're not vegetarian or pescatarian, you can use pan drippings from pork sausage or bacon fat. Just use equal parts fat and flour for the perfect ratio. If you're looking for a vegan option, skip the butter and use a neutral oil, then grab your favorite non-dairy milk as a substitute.

  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Easy Recipes
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American