Simple Beef Flavored Gravy Recipe -
Simple Beef Flavored Gravy Recipe
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Simple Beef Flavored Gravy

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"A quick and easy gravy made with beef bouillon, flour, onion and butter. Serve over mashed potatoes, if desired."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. Combine water, bouillon, flour, onion and butter in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook until thickened.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 27, 2007

a very simple and delicious gravy. However, you do have to prepare this in a certain order. First, use half the butter to sautee the onions until transluscent. Add the other half of the butter then the flour to make the roux. The best way to make a good roux is to use a whisk. Then, add the water and beef bouillon and continue to whisk until desired color and consistency. If the onions are finely chopped and cooked for the right amount of time, you don't even notice them in the gravy - they just melt away.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 28, 2004

Very tasty but suggest the following: was too salty so I diluted it with more water; directions didn't indicate any particular way to put together so make sure you do so in this order to avoid lumps: melt butter, add flour and onion, mix together boullion and water and add to flour & butter mixture stirring constantly over medium high heat.

Mar 20, 2005

Good recipe, but like the others I changed the way I made it, not the ingredients I used. I sauteed the onion in the butter first, then I added the flour to make a roux. I browned the roux to give my gravy some color. Then I added the bouillion and the water. I used to 2 packets of beef boullion in mine, which I scaled for 2 people. Worked out well and tastes great!

Jan 08, 2007

What a wonderful, easy way to make gravy! It is especially nice to make with something like meatloaf, when you may not have beef drippings immediately available. I used 2 cups water to four boullion cubes, which worked perfectly. Added black pepper to taste, along with some Worcestershire for color and flavor. Make sure you make the roux first (cook the butter and flour together) so it will start to brown, then add the onions and the other ingredients.

Aug 08, 2003

Excellent after making a few changes! I like our gravy "browned" as it is in the packets you buy at the store. I put the flour in a hot saucepan and stirred it on medium heat until medium brown (don't burn!). In a seperate sauce pan I heated the butter and sauteed the onions until soft, then added the flour and 2 packets of bouillon. Adding the water slowly and whisking constantly stops it from sticking.

Jul 21, 2005

I have always tried making a good gravy and this was wonderful. Very easy and very tasty. I will always use this recipe from now on. Just like the other reviews melt butter, add flour then onion then mix together the boullion and the water and then pour with the butter mixture and only use 2 cups of water and 4 bouillons and you won't be disappointed with the results. Thank you very much we all enjoy this wonderful gravy.

Dec 28, 2010

Excellent and easy gravy. Onions are key to the flavor. Best to saute the onions in the butter and then use Wondra flour which mixes quickly without lumps to make a roux. Then add the broth and cook to thicken. I used canned beef broth and it came out fantastic for Christmas dinner.

Aug 29, 2005

This gravy was fabulous! I didn't have an onion so I used one tablespoon of onion powder. I took advice from other poster's reviews and made a roux. I also used 2 cups of water for four bouillon cubes. I could see that the gravy was going to be pretty light in color, so I added a little bit of Kitchen Bouquet to reach my desired color. The flavor, thickness, and color were all wonderful. I'll definitely be using this recipe again, of course with my own adjustments.


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  • Calories
  • 98 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6.1 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 20 mg
  • 7%
  • Fat
  • 7.9 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 276 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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