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Onion Gravy

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Onion gravy is a rich, flavorful sauce that can elevate any meal. Whether served over mashed potatoes, meatloaf, or roasted meats, this gravy adds depth and a delicious, savory taste. Let’s dive into the step-by-step recipe to create this mouthwatering onion gravy.

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Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 large yellow onions, cut in half and sliced thin
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cornstarch
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Onions

  1. Melt Butter:
    • In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Cook Onions:
    • Add the sliced onions and ⅛ teaspoon of kosher salt to the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20-25 minutes, or until the onions are caramelized and golden brown.

Step 2: Add Broth and Seasonings

  1. Add Beef Broth:
    • Pour in the low sodium beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard. Stir to combine.
  2. Simmer:
    • Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

Step 3: Thicken the Gravy

  1. Mix Cornstarch:
    • In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of cold water, stirring until smooth.
  2. Thicken Gravy:
    • Slowly pour the cornstarch mixture into the simmering gravy, stirring constantly. Continue to cook until the gravy has thickened, about 2-3 minutes.

Step 4: Season and Serve

  1. Add Thyme:
    • Stir in the chopped fresh thyme (or dried thyme) and season with additional kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Serve:
    • Serve the onion gravy hot over your favorite dishes such as mashed potatoes, meatloaf, or roasted meats.

Cooking Notes and Tips

  • Caramelizing Onions: Be patient while caramelizing the onions. Cook them slowly over medium heat to develop their natural sweetness and deep flavor.
  • Broth Choice: For a richer flavor, you can use a combination of beef and chicken broth.
  • Consistency: If the gravy is too thick, add a bit more broth to reach your desired consistency. If it’s too thin, let it simmer longer to reduce and thicken.

Variations

Mushroom Onion Gravy

  • Add Mushrooms:
    • Add 1 cup of sliced mushrooms to the onions during the caramelization process for a delicious mushroom onion gravy.

Red Wine Onion Gravy

  • Add Red Wine:
    • Replace ½ cup of the beef broth with red wine for a rich and sophisticated flavor.

Vegetarian Onion Gravy

  • Vegetable Broth:
    • Use vegetable broth instead of beef broth for a vegetarian version of this gravy.

Serving Suggestions

With Mashed Potatoes

  • Classic Pairing:
    • Serve the onion gravy over creamy mashed potatoes for a classic and comforting side dish.

With Meatloaf

  • Hearty Meal:
    • Pour the gravy over slices of meatloaf for a hearty and satisfying meal.

With Roasted Meats

  • Flavor Boost:
    • Use the gravy as a sauce for roasted chicken, pork, or beef to add extra flavor and moisture.

FAQs

Q: Can I make this gravy ahead of time? A: Yes, you can make the onion gravy ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through.

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Q: How do I store leftovers? A: Store any leftover onion gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat before serving.

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Q: Can I freeze this gravy? A: Yes, you can freeze the onion gravy. Let it cool completely, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat before serving.

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Q: What if I don’t have Dijon mustard? A: You can substitute Dijon mustard with yellow mustard or grainy mustard, though the flavor will be slightly different.

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Q: Can I use different types of onions? A: Yes, you can use red onions or sweet onions instead of yellow onions for a different flavor profile.

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Onion gravy is a versatile and flavorful sauce that can enhance many dishes. With its rich, caramelized onions and savory taste, this gravy is sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. Enjoy making and sharing this delicious recipe with your family and friends!