White gravy is a classic, creamy recipe that can be served over biscuits, chicken potatoes and more. Make this gravy from scratch in minutes to add flavor and texture to many dishes.
White gravy in America is a little different for everyone. When I think of it, my mom’s cooking, especially her biscuits and gravy come to mind.
Growing up in Virginia, there seemed to always be gravy in the house. We pretty much put in on everything like chicken, pork chops, mashed potatoes, and of course biscuits.
What is white gravy made of?
Just a few simple, kitchen staple ingredients are needed for this white gravy recipe.
Flour – All-purpose flour is best.
Butter – Sweet cream, unsalted butter. You can use salted butter and just adjust the amount of salt you add to the recipe.
Milk – I think whole milk works best but feel free to use 2% or heavy cream or half and half.
Seasoning – Salt and pepper.
How to make white gravy from scratch
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- Cook: Add butter to large saucepan or skillet and melt over medium heat. Whisk in flour and then slowly pour in milk. Keep whisking to make sure to get out lumps.
- Stir in salt and pepper and cook until desired thickness, about 3 minutes.
- Serve: Serve warm.
How to store
Let the gravy completely cool. Store in an airtight container for 4-5 days. To reheat, pour back in a saucepan and add a little extra milk to help thin it out. Heat over medium heat until warmed.
How to serve white gravy
Gravy can be poured on just about anything in my humble opinion but here are some of our favorites:
- Instant pot pulled chicken
- Over mashed potatoes
- Fried chicken or chicken tenders
- Texas toast
There are few ingredient substitutions you can use for this gravy recipe.
Fat: My mom would often replace butter with sausage or bacon grease. You can use 4-5 tablespoons of grease.
Liquid: You can use your favorite milk, half and half or whipping cream. If you want to avoid dairy, you can make gravy with water or chicken/vegetable broth. Substitute equal amounts.
Seasoning: I love just the classic salt and pepper but feel free to try other seasoning like seasoned salt, a pinch of cayenne or even a pinch of ground dried sage.
More easy breakfast recipes
- Yogurt parfait – Layers of yogurt, fresh fruit and granola.
- Cinnamon toast – How to make cinnamon toast, 3 ways.
- Pancake mix muffins – Easy muffins made with pancake mix.
- Cake mix waffles – Easy waffles made with cake mix.
- Air fryer hash browns – Make crispy hash browns in the air fryer.
- Cinnamon butter – Whipped cinnamon butter.
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*** You will notice in the pictures and video that the gravy is a little thick. That is how my family likes gravy. To get thinner gravy, add more milk, up to 1 cup more.
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 5 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Once melted whisk in the flour. Whisk until combined.
- Slowly pour in the milk and keep whisking until it thickens. Let simmer for about 3 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper.
Brown gravy uses broth instead of milk.
White gravy is sometimes referred to as sawmill gravy. It’s called that because it was a popular dish at old time sawmill camps. It was originally made using cornmeal which gave it a gritty consistency similar to sawdust.