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White Country Gravy

Rich and creamy this easy white country gravy is a classic. You’ll want to drizzle it over your mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuits or even just eat it with a spoon.

If you are looking for a decadent, rich gravy that also happens to be vegetarian, this White Country Gravy recipe is exactly what you need.

When it comes to gravy, I’ve never met one that I didn’t like. It is the epitome of comfort food. Whether it’s brown gravy, mushroom gravy, tomato gravy or this country gravy. I’m all about it. What separates country gravy from other gravies is that instead of broth, it is made with milk giving it that rich creaminess that it is known for.

It is fantastic drizzled over homemade mashed potatoes or buttermilk biscuits.

White country gravy on mashed potatoes.

You can buy country gravy mix but today I am going to show you just how easy it is to make and chances are you’ve got everything on hand already.

What ingredients will you need to make Country Gravy:

Overhead photo  of ingredients  for white country gravy.

BUTTER: Instead of meat drippings, butter is used as the fat in this recipe.

FLOUR: This is what helps thicken the gravy.

MILK: I recommend whole milk or at least 2%. Low-fat or non-fat is not going to give you the same richness.

GRANULATED GARLIC (OR GARLIC POWDER): This is optional and not always standard in country gravy, but I love the subtle taste of garlic that it adds.

BLACK PEPPER: This is a must! In addition to flavor black pepper is what gives white gravy its classic speckled look.

SALT: If you use salted butter, you might need less salt depending on your personal tastes.

How to Make White Country Gravy from Scratch:

Step by step photos showing how to make white country gravy from scratch.

One thing I have heard a lot is that “gravy is so hard to make!” but guess what, once you get the technique down, which I go over fully in my FoolProof Gravy Recipe, you’ll wonder why you every picked up a packet.

  • STEP #1: Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once butter has melted whisk in flour. Allow to cook 1 minute.
  • STEP #2: Slowly whisk in milk. Keep whisking to avoid any lumps. Bring to a low boil then reduce heat and let simmer.
  • STEP #3: Add in granulated garlic, pepper and salt. Continue to simmer, whisking often until gravy thickens, it’ll take about 15 minutes.

This gravy will thicken considerably as it cools. You can simply warm it back up again or add another splash of milk. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator and use within 3 days.

So like I said at the beginning, I’ve never met a gravy I didn’t like but this White Country Gravy is inching it’s way to the top of my favorites list one delicious drizzle at a time.

Pouring white country gravy on mashed potatoes.

Looking for more American Southern Classics? Try these:

Brined Fried Chicken

Southern Style Green Beans with Bacon

Fried Green Tomatoes with Bacon Ranch Dip

Fried Okra

Pouring white country gravy on mashed potatoes.

White Country Gravy Recipe

Rich and creamy, this White Country Gravy is a classic. You'll want to drizzle it on mashed potatoes, buttermilk biscuits or even just eat it with a spoon. It's THAT good.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Condiments
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 63 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once melted whisk in flour. Allow to cook for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in milk. Keep whisking to avoid lumping. Bring to a low boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer.
  • Stir in pepper, salt and granulated garlic. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally until gravy thickens 15 – 20 minutes.

Notes

This gravy will thicken considerably while it cools. To thin it out, I warm it back up for about 30 seconds in the microwave or whisk in a little more milk. 
Nutrition facts for estimation purposes only. 

Nutrition

Calories: 63kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 3gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 234mgPotassium: 124mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 142IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 1mg
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Des

Hey! I'm Des!

Welcome to Life’s Ambrosia where Dinner is served and memories are made. Here you will find over 1000 tried and true recipes for every possible occasion. In the last 10 years, this blog has helped millions of families put dinner on the table and create food memories. Let me help you too.

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