Hi, Dora from Starke Naked Dead here. Those of you who have read Dead know that Aunt Maddie occasionally believes she can save money by making slumguillion, that Scottish concoction of whatever-is-leftover-in-the-fridge-thrown-together-and-heated meal. You probably all have a version of this meal that you make and then throw out when nobody has eaten it and nobody's looking.
Well, salvation of slumguillion is at hand. It's gravy! Pour that gravy all over that leftover mess and yum! Here's the easy delicious recipe for a quick gravy. SCROLL DOWN for the variations, including macaroni and cheese.
Here's the basic recipe:
1/4 c. whole wheat flour or white or unbleached white, wheat flour is fuller flavored, white is creamier.
1/4 c. olive oil or other shortening (butter burns, so be careful)
seasonings to taste: onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder (optional) salt and pepper
1 cup broth
1 cup milk or soy milk
1 tablespoon parsley (optional)
Make a paste out of the flour, oil and seasonings. Add in the broth and milk and stir with a whisk until smooth. Heat on high heat, stirring with whisk continuously until thickened. If too thick, add broth or milk, too thin, whisk in a little more flour.Can add a tablespoon of nutritious yeast for a creamier taste.
VARIATIONS (this recipe is very forgiving, so come up with your own as well)
Add curry spice for a curry gravy.
For turkey giblet gravy: use the drippings from the turkey as the oil, can use more than 1/4 cup if desired, use turkey broth, chop up gizzards, etc. and add to broth when thickened. Add sage to taste.
Use beef drippings for a beef gravy.
For a soup base: use two cups of broth or more to thin, or have a 1/3 cup of flour and two cups broth to one cup of milk for a creamier soup.
For a cream sauce: Use 2 cups of milk and use butter or margarine as the oil. Cook on a lower heat (about medium) stirring constantly until thickened.
USES for the cream sauce:
Over vegetables. Can sprinkle bacon and/or cheese and/or bread crumbs to make a quick and easy no bake casserole.
Add cooked sausage and pour over biscuits for biscuits with sausage gravy.
For MACARONI AND CHEESE:
Optional: to the cream sauce add a tablespoon of white wine (not cooking wine) or rice vinegar and a tablespoon of of nutritious yeast.
Add a 1/2 cup to a cup of your favorite cheese, shredded. Stir until melted. Pour over hot, cooked noodles.
Dora here, again. You can see that this recipe is a real meal saver. For more about me and my dear sweet, oops--so not--Aunt Maddie read Starke Naked Dead, available now!