How to Beef Gravy - no drippings?

maggie2094November 11, 2007

Hi - doing a roast beef in the Set It and Forget It (LOL).

How can I make gravy with no dripping...I have mushrooms, beef broth...

Thanks - Maggie

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chase_gw

Maggie I often make a brown sauce/gravy without drippings by first making a roux of equal parts butter and flour. Cook it over medium heat until a nice light golden colour to cook off the floury taste. Then add some hot beef broth to the roux and bring up to a boil. Add more broth slowly until you get the consistency you want. Season with salt and pepper et voila!

If you want a mushroom sauce, saute the mushrooms in butter, add flour, make a roux, add the hot broth and there you have it!

I'm doing exactly that with pork tenderloin for dinner tonight.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 2:53PM
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maggie2094

Thanks, Chase! Perfect!

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 3:08PM
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lindac

I often add a little beef stock base too, to "beef" up the flavor a bit...and some Chinese bead molasses for color.
What's a set it and forget it? And why no drippings?...The only spot I knop where they are no drippings is from the grill or the deep fryer.
Linda c

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 3:11PM
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chase_gw

Maggie make sure the broth you add is hot so you don't get lumps.....

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 3:14PM
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maggie2094

Linda - it is a rotisserie oven and self basting so you end up with very little dripping - almost none. It makes a wonderful roast. It's good old Ron Popei - lol.

I am going to make the gravy now and if I do end up with some drips I'll add it when I reheat. Is that okay? No problem to reheat?

What is beef stock base? I have bouillon...

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 3:25PM
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lindac

Beef stock base is either a granule or paste stuff that comes in a jar....and to my taste is a lot better and less artificial tasting than boullion cubes.

Here is a link that might be useful: Penzey's

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 4:01PM
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mtnester

Linda, your mention of beef stock base reminded me that my Mom used to use Gravy Master or Kitchen Bouquet, which came in a bottle, if I'm remembering correctly. I think it was used mostly to give the gravy a darker brown color, as well as to enhance the taste. But I've never used it. Do you recommend it? And do you (or anyone) know whether it's high in salt content?

Sue

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 5:01PM
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canarybird01

Bisto gravy granules?
They do the job in a pinch....darken, thicken and add flavour to a stock or just plain water, turning it into a beef gravy.
But if you're already cooking the beef it's too late to go out and find a shop that sells it. Keep it in mind though for the next time you have no drippings.

SharonCb

Here is a link that might be useful: Bisto Gravy

    Bookmark   November 11, 2007 at 5:33PM
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lindac

My mother used kitchen bouquet.....not a base as such...but more a darkener!...Restraunts and food services use beef or chicken ( or ham or carb or fish) base t o make soup....works well to make a gravy out of "nothing".
Linda c

    Bookmark   November 12, 2007 at 12:32AM
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kathleen_li

A drop of Gravy Master will do the trick! It will do nothing to ruin your gravy....

    Bookmark   November 13, 2007 at 9:55AM
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BeverlyAL

What is Gravy Master Kathleen? I haven't seen it here.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2007 at 11:24AM
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sheshebop

Williams Sonoma has a wonderful demi glace, veal or beef, that is great for adding a little "boost" to your gravy. It's not cheap, but it's pretty good.

    Bookmark   November 13, 2007 at 1:16PM
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kathleen_li

My mom always used it. It is made in CT so maybe it's not available there, Beverly. It says seasoning and browning sauce. A drop makes the gravy a lovely color. It is made from carmelized sugar, soy and corn protein, apple cider vinegar and onion, garlic celery and parsley. Now I just read that off the bottle. It really hasnt much taste, and like I said a drop or so is all you need. Maggie lives in NY, so she can get it. Someone else said Kitchen Bouquet, must be similar. Thanks for making me read the bottle, lol, I have been using it for years and never read it!

    Bookmark   November 13, 2007 at 8:23PM
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