Homemade Easy Gravy Without Drippings with Juniper Berries, isn’t just some fancy gravy that you make quickly on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Although making gravy from scratch is great when you make a Juicy Roast Chicken, or Deep Fried Turkey, you don’t always have drippings around.
Some people don’t like the taste and the fat in old style gravy, but still want to eat gravy. Using store bought gravy powder to make gravy, although very convenient, isn’t your only choice to make gravy. I know you’re thinking that a gravy recipe is pretty basic, and you’re right.
I think my gravy recipe is more healthy compared to regular drippings gravy, due to the lower fat content, but full of flavour from the stock. You could even use Vegetable Stock and make a tasty Vegetarian Gravy with this recipe.
This Easy Juniper Berry Gravy Without Drippings recipe also uses real dried Juniper Berries, which is my secret ingredient for a new flavour. Juniper berries add such a unique flavour, almost a piney-citrus, which changes regular gravy into something special. Smashing the Juniper Berries together with the peppercorns is almost therapeutic. Growing up on the West Coast of Canada, Juniper Trees with berries seem to grow everywhere, and this gravy reminds me of home at Christmas.
Not all Juniper Berries are edible, so use the right ones, don’t go to your back yard and pick some Juniper berries, unless you know what you are doing. Juniper Gravy goes well with gamier cuts of meat, it’s the gravy we eat every year with our Deep Fried Turkey dinner at Christmas. It’s also goes great with my version of a Hot Chicken Sandwich, the Juniper Berries provide such a great flavour.
This Easy Juniper Berry Gravy Without Drippings recipe still makes a great tasting gravy with lower fat content, a healthier way to eat gravy. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Easy Juniper Berry Gravy without Drippings
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 4 cups stock - chicken beef or vegetable
- 1 teaspoon tomato paste
- 1/4 cup sherry optional
- 2 bay leaves
- 5 dried juniper berries
- 15 peppercorns
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- salt to taste
Take 5 dried juniper berries and 15 peppercorns and smash them together in a pestle and mortar until it resembles coarse ground pepper. Set aside.
Melt butter in a frying pan over medium-low heat. Stir in the flour and mix together (I used a wooden spoon). It will have a grainy texture. Cook for about 5 minutes until golden. If using, add the sherry and mix.
Prepare the chicken stock and add the juniper mix into the stock. Slowly whisk in the stock, constanty mixing. Add tomato paste, bay leaves, thyme, juniper berry and black pepper mixture and salt. Turn up the heat to medium-high and cook until it thickens (about 5-7or more minutes).
Strain though a sieve into a jug, to take out the lumps. Adjust seasonings if necessary and enjoy.