How to Make Real Gravy

Posted on 15 Feb 2016 by Anna Scott
Your quest for real gravy begins here with the help of the latest Campbells Meat promo codes, Morrisons promo codes and Waitrose promo codes because let’s face it, it might just be the best part of your roast dinner. With the exception of the roast potatoes. Ok, one of the best parts of your roast dinner. In order to help you achieve gravy perfection, we’ve put together some tips and tricks that can get your there in the easiest way possible. Yes, that’s right, making real gravy is not a complicated process and once you go there, you can never go back to the instant stuff ever again. And if you’re looking for online offers to help you out with your roast dinner-themed grocery order, we’ve got Campbells Meat discount codes, Morrisons discount codes and Waitrose discount codes a-plenty to help…


  • The Meat

Lamb shanks with cranberry gravy and butterbean mashThe main secret (or not-so-secret) way to get good gravy is to start with good quality meat. Of course, you can get great quality AND excellent value meat from your supermarkets these days, and all without even having to set foot inside said supermarket. For example, with our Morrisons coupon code, you can access all their latest meaty offers which currently include the Boneless Pork Leg Joint (was £4 per kg, now £3.24 per kg) and the Rack of Lamb (was £14.12 per kg, now ££10.94 per kg).

If you want to go for something a bit more specialist but don’t have a good butcher in your local vicinity, give our Campbells Meat promotional codes a go – they’ve been in the business for over 100 years and you can save by stocking up your freezer when you use this Campbells Meat discount voucher to get 7% off your order.


  • The Extras

Good gravy requires extras and one simple and straight forward way to add richness from the get go is by finely slicing onions and carrots then sitting your joint on top of these extra vegetables. Before you put your roasting joint in the oven, pour a small amount of water in the bottom of the roasting tin (about 1-2cm deep) – this will prevent burning the juices and veg and will leave you with a rich liquor that will provide the gravy base. Just don’t forget to top it up if it boils dry.

And if you are boiling your potatoes before roasting, keep aside the water – you’ll need it later.


  • The Seasoning

If you don’t season your joint probably then your gravy won’t be seasoned properly. Make sure you put on a decent amount of salt and pepper as well as an additional herbs that compliment your chosen joint.


  • The Technique

Once your roasting joint is cooked, lift off the roasting dish onto a separate plate or dish, cover and leave to rest. You should have a small amount of liquid and juices left. Use a spatula to scrape of any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the tin and heat on the hob. Once bubbling, sprinkle in a heaped tablespoon of plain flour and whisk thoroughly, making sure it doesn’t get stuck. Gradually pour in your potato water from earlier, stirring constantly until your gravy starts to thicken. Once you have the right consistency, remove from the heat and pass through a sieve to remove any lumps. Add further seasoning if required (although if your joint was well seasoned, this shouldn’t be necessary). And keep warm before serving!

Slow Roasted Topside Beef with Porcini MushroomsAnother way to save on all your roasting and gravy essentials is to use one of our Waitrose voucher codes, or indeed more than one of our Waitrose voucher codes. This is because you can not only save on your initial order (that’s a £20 saving when your spend £100 or more), but you can also use other Waitrose coupon codes to get money of your subsequent second, third, fourth and fifth grocery orders. Well, they’ll certainly sort you out for great value roast dinner for months to come.




Of course, Morrisons promo codes, Campbells Meat promo codes and Waitrose promo codes can only help part of the way – if you want to succeed in your real gravy quest then follow our tips to a tee!



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