Mashed potatoes and gravy can either be like heaven on a plate, or they can go horribly wrong—think college dining hall or hospital lunch plate, wrong. Generally speaking if you’re able to find a simple recipe for either mashed potatoes or gravy, then your family will thank you profusely (in addition to licking their plates clean).
Because let’s be honest. Homemade, from scratch mashed potatoes are ridiculously undifficult to make. Boil and drain potatoes; add butter+salt+milk; then whip/rice/smash depending on your preference. Done in 20 minutes or less.
Homemade gravy, my friends, is just as easy to make from scratch.
You can use canned or fresh broth for my recipe—or a mixture of canned broth and pan drippings. This homemade gravy also works great with poultry or beef broth, depending on what’s for dinner; it’s very flexible.
If you decide to use drippings, pour them into a glass measuring cup after you’re done roasting your meat. Use a spoon to skim off any fat that rises to the top (save that to make your roux!), and then use the canned broth to top off what you’ve gotten out of the drippings, to equal 2 cups.
If you don’t like the bits of yumminess that may be floating in your fresh drippings, you can pour the drippings through a strainer as you fill the measuring cup. (Those bits are mighty tasty though!)
Also, wondering about the color? Well, if you use chicken broth, then the gravy will be lighter in color, though it’ll still taste fine. If you’re able to use fresh pan drippings, then you’ll get a richer, deeper color and flavor—it’s some seriously extra good gravy with the fresh drippings.
So, instead of grabbing a packet of gravy powder, or a jar of gravy, how about trying your hand at making it from scratch? It’s really simple, I promise. If you used oil from pan drippings to make your roux, then be sure to taste test your gravy before adding additional salt! You may not need it.
If you used oil from pan drippings to make your roux, then be sure to taste test your gravy before adding additional salt! You may not need it.