144.0…Homemade Gravy

Before this past Thanksgiving I had yet to find a homemade gravy that I liked. I happened to be watching Barefoot Contessa about a week before Thanksgiving and saw her Homemade Gravy and knew I had to try it. Her recipes have yet to disappoint me. I tried it on Thanksgiving Day and it was a fabulous success!

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Homemade Gravy (Makes 3 cups)

Recipe adapted from The Barefoot Contessa 


1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (2 onions)
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Defatted turkey drippings plus chicken stock to make 2 cups, heated
1 tablespoon Cognac or brandy
1 tablespoon white wine, optional
1 tablespoon heavy cream, optional


In a large (10 to 12-inch) saute pan, cook the butter and onions over medium-low heat for about 45 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Don't rush this step; it makes all the difference when the onions are well-cooked.
Sprinkle the flour into the pan, whisk in, then add the salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the hot chicken stock mixture and Cognac, and cook uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes until thickened. Add the wine and cream, if desired. Season, to taste, and serve.

*Note: If you don't like seeing the onions, either strain them out or blend the mixture. I ended up straining them out.

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Last night my husband and I went to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse for dinner. I hadn't been in a long time and it was a very nice treat!

We split the wedge salad to start.

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We also split the filet mignon and creamed spinach. The baked potato was his and the shrimp were mine. Worked out quite nicely. :)

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Dessert worked out nicely as well!

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Chocolate Explosion cake with vanilla ice cream.

Breakfast this morning wasn't as exciting, I'm sorry to admit. Scrambled egg beaters with the usual.

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So far it's been a relaxing day at home. Right now we are watching the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. Fight on Trojans!

Lunch was a turkey sandwich, carrots and ranch dressing.

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Making a new recipe for dinner tonight! I love weekends at home!

Do you have a favorite gravy recipe?

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