Gravy isn’t the hardest dish to make, but if yours turned out a bit watery, it won’t be the topping your potatoes and turkey need. Here’s how to fix it, whether you have 30 minutes or one before it hits the table.
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Bon Appetit has three quick ways to turn watery gravy around, depending on how much time you have:
- If you have 30 minutes…Brown another roux and whisk your too-thin gravy into that. About 1 Tbsp. each butter and flour will thicken 1 cup stock.
- If you have 10 minutes…Work 2 Tbsp. room-temperature butter into an equal volume of flour in a separate bowl until it forms a smooth paste. Whisk into the gravy a bit at a time, letting the gravy gently boil between additions, until thickened to your liking.
- If you have 1 minute…Mix 1 Tbsp. each cornstarch and water to form a smooth liquid. Whisk into gravy and let boil a few seconds to activate the starch. Repeat as needed.
If you have longer than 30-minutes until your gravy needs to be on the table, simmer it over medium heat so your thin gravy reduces and thickens up all by itself.
Gravy 911: How to Salvage Gravy at Any Point in the Day [Bon Appetit]