Mom’s Homemade Gravy Recipe

I love to make homemade gravy.  I would NEVER EVER eat something from a can – or package.  Just let me say this is all my Mom’s fault as she made GREAT gravy and I learned from her!  The must have item for this recipe?  A Cast Iron Skillet.  I have several I inherited from my Mom (this one!) and I actually have one from my grandparent’s farm – a huge Dutch oven that I make gravy in for big meals – such as Thanksgiving or other holiday meals..   The drippings from the pot roast made this gravy a breeze…


Mom’s Homemade Gravy Recipe


  • 1-2 Tbs solid shortening - do NOT use liquid
  • 1-2 Tbs all purpose flour
  • broth from cooked pot roast
  • salt
  • pepper
  • water to thin if necessary


  1. Melt shortening in cast iron skillet
  2. When melted, add the flour.
  3. Mix over medium high heat - DO NOT STOP STIRRING!
  4. Continue to stir until the roux begins to brown
  5. Allow to get as brown as you would like as LONG as you keep stirring - it will burn very fast otherwise!
  6. Remove from heat, allow to cool
  7. Remove the drippings from the cooked meat.
  8. Place back onto heat, a little lower than before.
  9. Stir until it combines, and then continue to stir.
  10. You may need to add a bit of water to thin if it gets too thick.
  11. Remember - always add cold to hot - never hot to hot - or it will get lumps.
  12. Add salt and pepper as desired,
  13. Serve immediately!
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As always – enjoy!



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