How To Make Gluten Free Gravy

Whether you are allergic to gluten or simply want to live a cleaner lifestyle, finding your favorite foods can be difficult. 

How To Make Gluten Free Gravy

Especially when it comes to the holidays. Gravy is pretty much the end all be all of finishing touches to any holiday meal, so how can you make it to fit your dietary needs?

We have a thick, glossy gluten free gravy recipe below that is going to save your holidays. Taking only 10 minutes to make, you can whip this up, keep it in the fridge and have it on hand all week long!

Keep reading to find out more. 

Selecting The Right Ingredients 

Before we can turn a hob on or bring out pots and pans, we have to think about the right ingredients for making the gravy. 

Gravy, no matter what kind it is, is made up of 4 key components. All of which we explain below to ensure that you select the best ingredients for your gravy. 

Make It Rich 

The first component to think about when selecting your ingredients is the richness you desire. This can greatly impact the ingredients you select. 

The recipe below is thicken using a roux, a combination of fat and flour making it extremely rich and mouthwatering. However, there are other ingredients that can give you your desired richness. Including:

  • Turkey Fat. Also effective with beef or chicken fat. The fat that remains after roasting your turkey might be used. This gives the gravy a good taste boost. Using turkey fat has one significant drawback: unless you wish to roast a few turkey wings in preparation, you have to wait until the very last minute to make the gravy.
  • Olive Oil. Olive oil is ready to use, just like butter. Olive oil has a wide range of flavors, just as olive oils themselves. While some olive oils are extremely mild, others have a strong flavor. Taste a small piece of gluten-free bread dipped in your oil to determine how flavorful it is. Use it in your gravy recipe if you like it.
  • Butter. Butter is a classic ingredient for making gravy. Using either salted or unsalted, you are given a nice glossy texture with a defining taste. 
  • Bacon Fat. Bacon fat creates a smokey flavor for the gravy. Utilize the fat that remains in the pan or skillet after cooking.
  • Coconut Oil. This is perfect if you enjoy a slight coconut flavor throughout your gravy. 
  • Dairy Free Spreads. Use a dairy-free butter spread to give this gravy a buttery flavor while avoiding dairy. Choose one you like. The gravy has a flavor all its own.

Whichever ingredient you decide to use, your gravy will turn out rich and delicious for everyone to enjoy. 

Thicken It Up 

Next up is your thickening agent. This is what brings your gravy together and makes it perfect over anything you desire. 

Below are several thickening agents that pair perfectly with the above rich ingredients. 

  • Cornstarch. Cornstarch is one of the most popular thickening agents for both regular and gluten free gravies. Adding 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to 2 tablespoons of cold water, you will create a cornstarch slurry which thickens any sauce or gravy without altering the taste. 
  • Gluten Free Flour. Starches and other thickeners, such as xanthan gum, are frequently found in pre-blended gluten-free flour blends. When in gluten-free gravy, they can be unpredictable. Some are excellent. Others get extremely clumpy and thick. Be careful when selecting which one to use. 
  • Whole Grain Gluten Free Flour. Brown rice flour is a whole grain gluten-free option that gives gravy a nutty flavor and, depending on the flour, may have a somewhat gritty texture.
  • Sweet Rice Flour.  Sweet rice flour is a great option because it is made from short-grained white rice. The naturally occurring starch (amylopectin) in it lends to the silky texture of the gluten-free gravy. Additionally, because of how mild its flavor is, it allows the savory flavors of the stock to take center stage.

Seasonings & Flavor 

When it comes to seasoning your gravy, there isn’t much work that needs to be done. From the rich butter/ oil and your thickening agent, you can really add a few simple seasoning to make it excellent:

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  • Salt & Pepper
  • Mixed Herbs 
  • Gluten Free Soy Sauce 

However, the stock you select is extremely important. 

  • Meat Stock. Using the juice from the cooked meat and turning it into a delicious stock. Or purchase stock from the store for an easy fix. 
  • Bouillon Paste or Cubes. A fast suggestion is to use bouillon paste or cubes while cooking gravy. Incorporate them as directed on the packet. (You’ll need enough for two cups.) Some bouillon brands contain salt. Look for a variant with less salt. To make sure the bouillon is gluten-free, check the ingredients on hand.

Steps To Make Gluten Free Gravy 

Now that we have selected the right ingredients, we can get into making the perfect gravy!

Make The Roux 

  • Begin by heating butter or fat in a pan until melted. 
  • Once hot, add gluten free flour, whisking continuously. 
  • Whisk until mixture is golden brown. 

Add Stock 

  • Begin by adding 2 cups of hot stock or roasting liquid to your roux. 
  • Continue whisking to prevent clumps. 
  • Whisk until the gravy is thick. 

Bring To A Rolling Boil 

  • Once liquid is added, bring mixture to a slow rolling boil over a low heat. 
  • Allow the gravy to reduce for around 10 minutes until thick. 

Season

  • Now you can add your final touches. 
  • After tasting your gravy, add any seasonings you wish. 
  • This is always the last step to prevent the gravy becoming too concentrated. 

Final Thoughts 

There you have it! 4 simple steps to making a truly exceptional gluten free gravy. Whether it is to impress the family or to keep you full over the holiday period, this gluten free gravy recipe is an essential. 

You may find everyone wanting yours over regular gravy! Rich, glossy, and utterly delicious. You won’t be able to resist!

Jenna Priestly
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