This incredibly tasty homemade country gravy only takes a few minutes to make from scratch and is the perfect base for making black pepper gravy (peppered gravy) or sausage gravy! It's a staple sauce that is also known as white gravy, cream gravy, sawmill gravy, and milk gravy!
Southern style white country gravy is the one gravy you need to know by heart!
Whatever name you call it, this tasty country gravy is what makes so many meals our favorites! From the super simple, classic biscuits and gravy to the hearty country fried steak there are so many dishes that just wouldn't be the same without some white gravy!
The best part is that because it really is to make country gravy, you can whip it up in no time even if you make something last minute! Just a few ingredients and about 5 minutes, then you're ready to enjoy that amazing breakfast, brunch, or dinner!
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe!
Easy and fast! So simple, and it only takes about 5 minutes to make from start to finish!
It's a base sauce recipe. This is a basic gravy made with flour and butter roux. See my tips for how to adjust this easy recipe for sausage gravy or peppered gravy.
Amazing with so many dishes! I love country gravy over mashed potatoes, hash browns, biscuits, or country fried steak. Yum!
- Butter - You can use salted or unsalted. If using unsalted butter, you may need to add more salt to season the country gravy later.
- All-Purpose Flour - You can substitute gluten free AP flour.
- Whole Milk - You can substitute whole milk for 1% or 2% milk but will have to adjust the amount of flour to thicken the gravy.
- Salt & Pepper - For a twist you can add other seasonings like my Cajun seasoning!
🔪 Step-by-Step Instructions
- Melt the butter. In a medium frying pan or small sauce pan, add your butter and melt over medium heat.
- Cook the flour. When your butter has melted, sprinkle in the flour and whisk until well blended and somewhat of a paste. Allow the roux to cook for about 2 minutes so that your gravy does not taste of flour.
- Whisk in the milk. When the butter and flour have fully combined, slowly pour in your milk, whisking until there are no clumps. Bring to a low boil while whisking.
- Season. When the country gravy begins to boil, remove from heat then add seasoning to your preference. Serve immediately.
Enjoy this thick and delicious gravy with your breakfast, brunch, or dinner!
💭 Tips & Recipe Notes
- Make a sausage country gravy. Add a few pieces of sausage to the frying pan first and cook until completely browned. Remove from your pan and follow the directions for the country gravy. Chop up the sausages and add them back into the country gravy and voila sausage gravy!
- Pepper gravy. Use freshly cracked black pepper about ¼ tablespoon per cup is a good place to start.
- Cheesy gravy. Simple. Just add in about a cup of shredded cheddar with the milk. Great for topping vegetables like broccoli!
- Store and reheat for later. You can store this for later but it will thicken like crazy. To reheat simply add the county gravy to a sauce pan with a little additional milk and butter and over medium heat whisk till smooth! Don't forget to offset the additional liquids with more seasoning.
- Cook the flour. Allow the flour to cook a couple minutes when you add it to the butter. That will help remove the flour taste.
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- 3 tablespoon butter (salted or unsalted)
- 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 2 cups whole milk (see tips/notes)
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- In a frying pan or sauce pan add your butter and melt over medium heat.3 tablespoon butter
- When your butter has melted sprinkle in the flour and whisk till blended about 2 minutes.3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- When the butter and flour have fully combined, slowly pour in your milk and whisk until there are no clumps. Bring to a low boil while whisking.2 cups whole milk
- When the gravy begins to boil remove from heat add seasoning to your preference. Serve immediately and enjoy!salt & pepper
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!