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This classic White Gravy is ultra creamy, and speckled with plenty of black pepper. Perfect on chicken fried steak, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and more! Easy to make with only 7 ingredients (including salt and pepper!). #gravy #whitegravy #peppergravy
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Creamy Peppered White Gravy

This classic White Gravy is ultra creamy, and speckled with plenty of black pepper. Perfect on chicken fried steak, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and more!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time7 mins
Total Time12 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: making gravy from scratch, white pepper gravy
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 167kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme optional but recommended
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper optional

Instructions

  • Add butter, and melt over MED heat.  Once melted, add flour, salt, pepper, thyme, and cayenne and whisk to combine.
  • Cook flour/butter mixture for 1-2 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in milk, about 1/2 cup at a time, whisking after each addition, until all milk has been added and no lumps remain.
  • Bring to a vigorous simmer, whisking frequently.  Allow to simmer for about 3 - 5 minutes, or until gravy is smooth, creamy and thickened to your liking.  
  • If gravy gets too thick, add a splash of milk or water to thin it out.

Notes

This recipe has been updated due to reader requests and my own testing.
If you were a fan of the original recipe, here it is:
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk, plus an optional additional 1-2 Tbsp (depending on your preference for a thinner or thicker gravy)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. In a saucepan, melt butter.
  2. Once butter is melted, add the flour and whisk.  It will look like the consistency of wet sand.
  3. Slowly add the milk, and whisk to incorporate.  Whisk until smooth.
  4. Gravy will thicken, add in the additional milk if you want a thinner gravy.
  5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 1mg