Mushroom and Onion Gravy Recipe

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. We participate in other affiliate programs as well. For more details, please see our disclosure policy.

Mushroom-Onion Gravy

I was raised to think that making homemade gravy was difficult. It wasn’t some plot by my mother to get me to like canned gravy. But, it really was a fearful thing for many of the women in my extended family.

What if there were lumps?!

That would be the kiss of death, particularly at a holiday dinner. So, whenever there was a big meal with gravy, despite how many cooks were in the kitchen, we either busted out a jar of commercial gravy or we summoned Debra. Debra, married to my cousin Steve, knew how to make gravy. So that was her job every thanksgiving. That, and stuffing. She made an awesome stuffing.

Years later when I became a Bon Appetit convert, I learned how to make gravy. And usually it turns out great. No lumps. If anything, mine might be too thin because I wasn’t patient enough to let it thicken or I added the broth in too quickly.

But, trust me when I say that making gravy is not hard.

It is also an essential part of the Thanksgiving Meal. Gravy is necessary, people. Necessary.

mushroom onion gravy

Today I’m sharing a Mushroom and Onion Gravy that we loved. I purposely made a double batch so that I could make a Turkey Pot Pie with leftovers. That recipe is coming soon.

In the meantime, let’s focus on gravy. Here are some things you should know:

  • You can make the gravy in advance. Chill it and store it either in the fridge or the freezer. Thaw it in the fridge and then reheat it on the stovetop. Whisk it before serving to adjust the texture.
  • The gravy will be more flavorful if you use pan drippings from the roast turkey. If you choose the make-ahead option, it will be just as tasty without. Save the drippings and make another batch of gravy a different day. You’ll be less stressed on Thanksgiving.
  • Not all vegetable broths are created equal. Since I’ve yet to perfect a homemade vegetable broth, I’ve tried out a few different varieties. Trader Joe’s isn’t very flavorful and tastes almost sweet. Emeril’s, on the other hand, rocks. Buy that one.
  • Leftover gravy goes very well in pot pies, soups, and stews. Don’t throw it out! Use it creatively in another dish, or bake some biscuits to go with.

What’s your favorite kind of gravy?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

Subscribe to Good Cheap Eats
Read Newer Post
Read Older Post


  1. another sue says

    Thank you so much for this. I feel a lot more confident about the upcoming meal knowing I can get the gravy right ahead of time and not be struggling with a kitchen full of people. Gravy making! No longer a spectator sport!

  2. Christine says

    Yum! I love gravy, and when it thickens beautifully I beam at my husband like it’s Christmas morning. 🙂 Can’t wait to try yours. I just want to mention for those who can’t use flour (my kids have celiac) that I have found Better Batter GF flour to be great for thickening gravy. Also for homemade mac n cheese – my white sauce actually thickens faster than it ever did with all purpose flour. Also if you do want to do it with the pan drippings, check out Mark Bittman. He has a really easy technique in How to Cook Everything.

  3. Cecee says

    I am the same way. I am a total whiz in the kitchen, but ALWAYS buy canned gravy for T-Day, because I’m afraid of lumps. Since its just the hubs and I this year, I’m going to try this one. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    • Ken says

      I love to make sauces and gravies. The only thing I would add to the discussion is that I heat the stock in the microwave before I use it. The lumps that Cecee is talking about occur when you add the cold stock to the hot butter/flour mixture in the pan. By heating the stock, the lumps won’t happen.

      Christine, have you ever tried Rice Flour for thickening recipes? You can usually find it in Asian grocery or International section of regular grocery.

  4. Nancy Laybourn says

    I often make my grave ahead of time and on turkey day but a tablespoon or two of drippings in the grave, or I will get turkey or chicken wings ahead of time and use the stock for grave.

  5. Jules boudreaux says

    I have found if I add stock before flour and let it warm up then add flour slowly while whisking the clumps do not appear

  6. Jean says

    I tried this recipe and had to add double amount of liquid. It was like a paste without adding extra liquid!

    • Thank you for pointing out my typo! Oh my word. Yes, it should have read 4 cups. I’m not sure what happened, but glad you caught it. Thank you for letting me know. And I apologize for the inconvenience!

Share Your Thoughts