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Onion Gravy Recipe

A delicious, but simple to make, gravy that's the ideal accompiment for the likes of sausages and mash or simply-fried liver and bacon. It can be prepared ahead and carefully re-heated, and any leftover can be frozen for another occasion.

Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians


For 4 people:

1 lb/500gr Onions, peeled, halved, then thinly sliced
2 oz/60gr Butter
1 medium clove of Garlic, peeled and finely-chopped
1 teaspoon (5ml) Caster Sugar
1 rounded tablespoon (15ml) Plain White Flour
¼ pint/150ml warm Beef Stock (this can be made using ¼ of a stock cube)
¼ pint/150ml Red Wine
Salt and freshly-ground Black Pepper to taste


- Gently melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan, over a low heat.

- Add the sliced onions and sweat them slowly until they're soft and translucent.

- Increase the heat to medium, and add the sugar. This will help them go golden-brown (which is what you're aiming for). They will need stirring at this stage to stop them sticking to the pan or burning.

- When they are golden, lower the heat and add the garlic and cook for a further minute. It's important not to burn this, or it will become bitter.

- Remove the pan from the heat, and stir in the flour, making sure you have no lumps.

- Add the red wine, a little at a time to form a smooth blend, followed by the warm beef stock - again a little at a time, and stirring as you go.

- Return the pan to a low heat, and stir constantly until the sauce thickens.

- Taste for salt and pepper, being careful not to burn your mouth. Then simmer the sauce very gently for a further 10 minutes. This is to cook-out the raw flavour of the red wine and flour.

Remove from the heat & cover, stirring occasionally, to stop a skin forming.

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