At the risk of sounding totally stupid, I haven't a clue how to make gravy I just use the instant granules, but as I am now starting to wean DS1 these are too high in salt for him. Can anyone tell me a quick, easy, and pretty much fool-proof recipe please? Also needs to be dairy-free due to allergies. Thank you!
Sweat some diced up carrot, onion and celery in olive oil for about 10 minutes over a low heat. For each pint of stock you'll be using, add 1 level tbls plain flour to the onion/carrot mix and cook through for a couple of minutes. Add the stock ladle by ladle stirring all the time, until it's all added, reduce the heat and let it simmer for 10 minutes or so to thicken. Freezes well, good basic gravy to have knocking around.
When you're feeling more adventurous start adding herbs etc according to what you're cooking, like some sage for pork or chicken, thyme for chicken, rosemary for beef or lamb etc etc.
I have a gravy separator jug - so I pour any juice from the roasting tin into it, and then do as above fry onion add spoon of cornflour then pour the juice back in and stir. Bit of wine or mustard, redcurrant jelly or horseradish are also nice to add depending what you are eating the gravy with.