A Proper British Gravy

Andy Anderson !


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.


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15 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


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  • ·
    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

How to Make A Proper British Gravy


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

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About A Proper British Gravy

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

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