Creamy Onion Gravy Recipe -
Creamy Onion Gravy Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Creamy Onion Gravy

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"This creamy onion gravy gets its sour tang from buttermilk. Use with mashed potatoes, or as we had them when I was a child, German dumplings. Leftover cooking water from potatoes is best, but regular water will do."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, and stir in the onion. Cook onion until tender, then set aside. Stir flour into the saucepan. Slowly cook and stir in the remaining oil 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  2. Whisk the buttermilk into the flour mixture. Blend in the water, adjusting the amount as necessary to attain desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with the reserved onions.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 24, 2009

It was okay, but I made again and subbed the oil with butter, and the water with chicken broth, and I had a five star gravy!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 14, 2005

It was a little bland, but it was a good addition to Carmelized Onion Pork Tenderloin. I added a little brown sugar to sweeten it up. If you can, be sure to use sweet onions in this recipe. For those of you wondering where the sour cream is, it isn't an actual ingredient, its the flavor that comes from the buttermilk. It tastes like sour cream. Its basically a sour and creamy gravy with onion.


15 Ratings

Aug 20, 2003

I'm in the same boat as pinpin - where's the sour cream? Is it just a typo? Please clarify.

Jan 19, 2010

I really enjoyed this gravy. I didn't have buttermilk so I used 1/2 milk and 1/4 cup sourcream. I used it over grilled chicken and for beakfast the next morning I ate it over my eggs and sausage. YUM!

Mar 03, 2009

I was hoping for a little more flavour from this. Also I found the directions a bit confusing where it says add the oil and then later says add the remaining oil. I used all the oil to fry the onions and then added the flour straight in without removing the onions. Then I let it go on a very low heat for 15 minutes before adding the buttermilk and water. I think a few changes might give me what I was hoping for. I'm planning to try this again and use butter instead of oil and add in some garlic and onion powders. Thanks for letting me try.

Aug 06, 2003

According to the name of the recipe and the description, it seems to me that there should be sour cream somewhere in the ingredients. But I don't see it mentioned anywhere. What am I missing??

Sep 17, 2009

I modified this recipe to use for an impromptu dinner. I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil, and not having any buttermilk on hand I mixed 1/4 cup plain yogurt with 1/2 cup soy milk. In addition to salt and pepper, I added garlic salt and paprika. Delicious!

Jan 12, 2005

Was very creamy and went great with potatoes! Yum!


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  • Calories
  • 69 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 5.2 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Fat
  • 4.9 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 421 mg
  • 17%

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

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