Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
Show: Good Eats
Total:
17 min
Active:
2 min
Yield:
2 cups
Level:
Easy
Total:
17 min
Active:
2 min
Yield:
2 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 cup red wine
  • 2 cups beef, chicken, or vegetable broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 to 6 black peppercorns

Directions

Watch how to make this recipe.

Remove roast from pan and pour off any fat. Place over high heat (use 2 burners if necessary) and deglaze pan with wine and broth, scraping any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon or spatula. Once these solids are dissolved, pour liquid into a saucepan and add the bay leaf and peppercorns. Reduce for 5 minutes over high heat or until reduced by 1/3.

At this point you basically have a jus which could be used to sauce your roast. To create a gravy, reduce the heat to medium and whisk in 2 tablespoons of white roux. Return to a simmer, whisking constantly. Continuing to cook once a simmer has been reached will result in a smoother sauce, but not a thicker one.

Since all starch thickened sauces thicken as they cool, it's a good idea to make your gravy a little on the loose side.

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