Homemade white peppercorn gravy is a perfect topping for chicken fried steaks for dinner, or to go with biscuits for brunch, or for topping any number of things – fries dipped in gravy anyone? And you’ll never believe how easy it is to make homemade gravy!
Last week Five Ingredient Friday came and went, but it totally didn’t get enough attention – I mean, 5 ingredient slow salsa chicken and quinoa? What’s not to love?
You know what else is worth checking out and making? This homemade peppercorn gravy!
I went to college in kind of the south. I say ‘kind of’ because it was southern Illinois. That counts, right? People had accents and the weather was really hot, and there was this one little place that served homemade biscuits and gravy that was only open on the weekends, and only accepted cash. Southern enough, right? So on weekends my best friend and I would throw on some sweats and head on over to this little hole in the wall to try and be one of the lucky customers that actually got to eat there. When they ran out, they closed the place down.
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The place was tiny, maybe 6 tables and had a little wrap around bar with individual seating. The bathrooms were also something with character. Instead of signs with ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ they had a little picture of a rabbit on the doors…to this day I’m still not 100% sure I was using the correct restroom.
Their biscuits and gravy were worth the wait and gamble of getting seated or not. Their gravy was white gravy with pepper flecks and went sooo good topped on anything. Truly delish!
Ever since moving away (13+ years ago) I still think about that gravy. I have actually never thought of making it at home or trying to replicating it. That was until I was on the phone with my grandmother-in-law, Grandma Rita (you might remember her from these white chocolate peanut grape bites), and she was telling me how she had just made homemade white gravy.
I was a little hesitant when Grandma Rita told me how easy it was to make homemade gravy. I thought there was some super-secret that I didn’t know. Nope, it was easy as whisking a few ingredients together in a sauce pan and letting it thicken. That’s it! And the flavor! OMG, sooooo good! Never will I ever question anything Grandma Rita says (not that I ever did before, I mean, she can COOK!)
Homemade gravy goes great over chicken fried steaks which have a super crispy crust and need that gravy to make them really taste great!
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- Easy Mushroom Gravy
- Hot Honey Baked Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner
- 5 Ingredient Baked Chicken Parmesan Pasta
Homemade White Peppercorn Gravy
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons fresh cracked ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic salt
- 2 ½ cups milk
- To make the gravy-melt the butter in a medium sauce pan and then whisk in flour and pepper, and while continuously whisking stir in the salt and garlic salt.
- Slowly pour in the milk and turn heat to medium, whisk occasionally and it will thicken (about 5 minutes) then remove from heat and serve.
- You can serve this over chicken fried steaks, simply cook them according to package instructions and pour about 2-3 tablespoons of gravy over a steak and serve.
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Love your writting style and the fact that you still don’t know if you used the correct restroom! I grew up visiting cousins at the southernmost tip of Indiana, same as what you said about southern Illinois, accents, warm weather….counts as south (‘specially if there’s red dirt and they say y’all)
My aunt, from Kentucky, used to wake up the whole clan with a huge southern breakfast with eggs, grits, pancakes, homemade biscuits and to die for white gravy. Like you, I never tried to replicate it but this recipe nailed it! Thank you and thank your grandma in law!
This is the most wonderful comment and feedback ever, THANK YOU so much for taking the time to share this with me. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe.
Kimberly Guzan says
For those who are gluten sensitive you can substitute cornstarch for the flour. Same measurements on cornstarch as you’d use in
Thank you so much for sharing that for the gluten sensitive people!
My Great Grandma Lucy who was born and raised in Oklahoma would make me biscuits and gravy and fried pork chops with apple sauce every time I would come to visit her. After making this gravy recipe it instantly took me back to my childhood. Made me also remember how much I loved and enjoyed her. Thank you for this!!
Thank you so much for sharing that lovely story with me, it truly made my day! And I’m so happy you loved this recipe.