A Proper British Gravy

Andy Anderson !

By
@ThePretentiousWichitaChef

I received this recipe the last time I was in London, and when the chef handed it to me he actually said: “This is a proper British Gravy.” WELL ALLRIGHTY THEN

Let’s just say that I was not disappointed. Good rich flavor that would compliment any beef dish, and I would be amiss if I didn’t tell you that it would go great over a mound of mashed taters.

In this example, I’m using this as a base for a meatball appetizer. YUMMY.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
Comments:
Serves:
8
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
45 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

PLAN/PURCHASE

grapeseed oil, for cooking
8 oz
ground chuck
1 medium
yellow onion, finely diced
2 tsp
fresh rosemary, finely chopped
2 c
water, room temperature
1 c
beef stock, not broth
1 c
light ale
4 1/2 Tbsp
flour, all purpose variety
1 Tbsp
black currant jam
2 tsp
dry mustard
2 Tbsp
malt vinegar
salt, kosher variety, to taste
black pepper, freshly ground, to taste

Step-By-Step

1PREP/PREPARE
2Gather and prep your ingredients.
3Add about a tablespoon of grapeseed oil to a pot over medium heat.
4Add the ground beef, and use a wooden spoon to break it up as you cook.
5Allow it to cook for a few minutes; it should still be slightly pink.
6Remove from the pot, and place into a food processor, fitted with an S-blade, and then lightly season with some salt and pepper.
7Give the partially cooked beef a few 1-second pulses, until it’s finely ground, but not mush.
8Return the beef to the pot and finish cooking.
9Chef’s Note: If you want to skip these steps, you can always have your butcher finely grind the beef right at the store.
10Add the onion and rosemary leaves to the pot.
11Continue to stir until most of the liquid from the onions has been cooked off, about 15 minutes.
12Deglaze the pot using the light ale, and a wooden spoon.
13Chef’s Note: Deglazing a pan utilizes a liquid (wine, beer, broth), to soften up and incorporate those yummy dried bits of flavor stuck to the bottom of the pan (called fonds) back into the recipe.
14Cook until slightly reduced in volume, about 3 to 5 minutes.
15Add the flour, dry mustard, jam, and vinegar to the two cups of water and whisk to combine.
16Add the water and the beef stock to the skillet, and reduce heat to a simmer.
17Simmer for 30 minutes, or until nice and thick.
18Chef’s Note: During this time, season with more salt and pepper, to taste.
19Chef’s Tip: I like to add a pinch of cayenne (especially in the cold Winter months) for a bit of a kick.
20After 30 minutes add the gravy to a food processor fitted with an S-blade, and pulse until smooth.
21Return to the pot, and keep warm until ready to use.
22PLATE/PRESENT
23Chef’s Note: Serve this over just about any beef, to add a bit of dimension to the dish.
24In this example, I use it with some homemade meatballs as an alternative to the traditional Italian tomato sauce that would normally be used. These will be one of my New Year appetizers. Enjoy.
25Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Dairy Free, Soy Free
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Heirloom