If you want a recipe for some good, old fashioned onion gravy like 'grandma' used to make, this is it. This recipe has been handed down from mother to child in our family for many years and you don't need any of that traditional 'fried meat grease' to season it with. This gravy can be thick or thin, however you prefer your gravy and you can also make it without the onions. It's a really good basic recipe that you can actually change by including your favorite garlic, Greek, or Cajun seasonings. Also, if you are a die-hard milk-gravy fan, you can substitute one cup of the water in this recipe with milk, even two percent milk will work. And if you prefer chicken over beef, simple use a chicken bouillon cube instead of the beef. Over the years we have spooned this gravy over every type of bread imaginable, English muffins, hamburger steak, chicken, rice, noodles - just about anything you can think of. At my house, we even eat it on our french fries. Take and chance and give it a try.
Easy Homemade Onion Gravy
1 large onion thinly sliced (use your favorite type onion)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
cup all purpose flour
1 beef bouillon cube
1-3 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste
NOTE: A cast iron skillet works best.
Preheat frying pan on medium heat, add cooking oil to cover bottom of pan. Next add thinly sliced onions and cook, stirring often, until onions are tender and iridescent in color. Remove onions from frying pan and drain well to remove excess oil. Add the flour, salt, and pepper to taste, and stir well with a fork or whisk until flour is absorbed by cooking oil but still spreadable. Continue to stir well allowing flour to brown slightly. Add one cup water to mixture and whisk well until mixture is smooth. This 'rue' will become quite thick. Add additional water slowly while whisking until mixture reaches thickness you prefer. This gravy is good thick or thin. Add the bouillon cube and stir well. Once you have the desired thickness for your gravy, add the onions back to the mixture, and stir well. Reduce heat to warm and cover. Spoon this gravy over meat, potatoes, rice, pasta, or bread and enjoy. If the mixture should become too thick, feel free to add a little more water and stir well.
This recipe makes about two cups of gravy, depending on the consistency you choose.