This easy homemade black pepper gravy recipe is a simple and quick country gravy recipe your family will love. A truly versatile white black pepper gravy recipe that is the perfect addition to any meal breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Fresh ground black pepper is the secret to giving this black pepper gravy its signature kick. Ideal over biscuits, eggs, steak, pork chops, fried chicken, mashed potatoes, you name it, this black pepper gravy will have your family begging for more. This delicious savory white gravy will transport your family right to the country.
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Just a few minutes on the stovetop and you will have this scrumptious black pepper gravy on the table as the perfect accompaniment to elevate any meal. Smother a steak and mashed potatoes with just enough kick to perk you up. This black pepper gravy is a delicious addition to breakfast as well served over freshly baked biscuits. Feeling crazy? Smother them hashbrowns too!
How To Make Black Pepper Gravy
Love the biscuits and gravy at your favorite brunch spot? Or a beautiful country-fried steak covered in perfectly seasoned white gravy from your favorite down-home comfort food restaurant? You too can enjoy these in no time at home with this shockingly easy black pepper gravy recipe. Let’s get cookin!
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Kitchen Tools Needed:
Tips for Easy Homemade Black Pepper Gravy
How Long Do I Cook the Flour Before Adding the Milk?
Excellent question! The first step to making this gravy is to melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and add flour. When adding the flour to the melted butter, I like to use a small sieve or wire colander to sift the flour into the butter which helps prevent lumps of flour in your finished gravy.
Cooking flour in butter is an age-old technique for thickening sauces and gravies. The technical term for this mixture is a roux (pronounced ROO). As always pepper that term into conversation. Impress your friends. Use it three times and it’s yours.
The trick to any good roux is to make sure you cook the flour in the butter for at least a minute, if not longer, stirring almost constantly. The goal is to actually cook the flour. If you skip this step, your finished sauce or gravy will an unpleasant taste of raw flour.
In cajun cooking, the roux is typically cooked even longer to create an additional depth of flavor and deeper color. One caveat, make sure you are stirring often as it is quite easy to burn a roux if you aren’t keeping an eye on it.
How Do I Prevent Scalding the Milk?
Scalding milk is a quick way to ruin any gravy or sauce. A few easy tips to prevent scalding your milk are first to measure out your milk before you start cooking and let it sit at room temperature while you cook your roux. This will help prevent a temperature shock by pouring ice-cold milk into a hot pan.
Second, watch your heat. It may take a little longer but after I cook my roux I like to turn the heat down to medium-low and slowly heat the milk. This will help prevent it from getting too hot and scorching. Remember when heating milk a light simmer is good, a rolling boil can lead to disaster.
And lastly, stir, stir, stir. This is especially important once that gravy starts to thicken. The thicker the gravy gets the faster it can scorch. Keep an eye on it and keep stirring. You got this.
Can I Use Store Bought Ground Black Pepper Instead of Fresh Ground Black Pepper?
Technically the answer is yes. Would I do it myself? I’d rather not.
The longer ground black pepper sits the more of its signature kick it loses. For a dish like this (with black pepper in the name) it’s best to use fresh ground black pepper. Invest in a pepper mill. They aren’t terribly expensive and trust me your taste buds and your family will thank me.
Easy Homemade Black Pepper Gravy Recipe
- Medium-size Saucepan
- Measuring Spoons
- Liquid Measuring Cup
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 1/2 cups whole milk
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
- Melt butter in a heavy, medium-sized sauce pan. Whisk in flour until mixture is creamy smooth and no clumps of flour are left.
- Slowly pour in the milk and continue whisking.
- Add salt and pepper and whisk until well blended.
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