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The only gravy recipe you need

The only gravy recipe you need

It’s a bold claim but it’s a fair one. This gravy will take you from Sunday roasts to Christmas. Make it 2-3 days (or a couple of weeks, if being frozen) ahead, then just heat through to serve. It makes a great sidekick to chicken, venison, turkey or beef. 

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  • Serves6
  • CourseAccompaniment
  • Prepare15 mins
  • Cook1 hr 35 mins
  • Total time1 hr 50 mins

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  • 1 large onion (unpeeled), roughly chopped
  • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 950g (2 x 475g packs) chicken wings
  • 1 small bulb garlic, halved lengthways
  • 6 fresh bay leaves
  • ½ x 20g pack thyme sprigs
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 5 tbsp plain flour
  • 200ml red wine
  • 1.3 L fresh chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Put the onion, carrot, celery, chicken wings, garlic, bay leaves and thyme in a large roasting tin. Add the oil, mix well, spread the ingredients out evenly and roast for 30 minutes. Turn everything over, then roast for a final 50-55 minutes, or until well browned.

  2. Carefully transfer the roasting tin (with the roasted meat and veg) to the hob, sprinkle over the flour, stir well and cook over a high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add the wine and bring to the boil, scraping the base of the tin with a wooden spoon. Bubble for another few minutes, then add the stock and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to the boil again and bubble briskly for 5-7 minutes until thickened.

  3. Strain well over a bowl, pressing hard with the spoon to extract all the flavour. Season and transfer to a gravy jug. Serve immediately, or allow to cool, pour into airtight containers and chill for up to 6 days (or freeze for up to 2 months).


Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


313kJ/ 75kcals



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