No recipe collection is complete with out a truly phenomenal onion gravy. This homemade onion gravy recipe features caramelized onions in a luxuriously rich, brown gravy that is sure to “wow” your dinner guests!
If there’s a better smell from the kitchen than the aroma of onions caramelizing in butter I don’t know what it is. (Well, okay, that would be caramelized onions AND bacon sauteing together.) And when you turn those caramelized onions into a rich brown onion gravy the show can just stop there as far as I’m concerned. Because this homemade onion gravy recipe is a showstopper.
I never need an excuse to heap on the gravy in generous quantities. There’s been a running joke in my family since I was a child: “Kimberly would like some mashed potatoes with her gravy.” It’s true. I’m a gravy fiend. But when you have a truly amazing homemade gravy sitting in front of you, well it’s just pretty darn hard to resist. Plus I grew up in Germany with a German mother and Oma who both excelled at gravy-making. So I can’t help it. Gravy’s in my blood. Perhaps quite literally.
Today I’m sharing a recipe with you for homemade onion gravy made from scratch. Because that’s the only way really good gravy is made. You may already have a recipe for mushroom gravy, brown gravy, turkey gravy, chicken gravy and white gravy, but no gravy repertoire is complete without a great onion gravy.
What Do I Put Onion Gravy On?
Here are just a few ways you can use this delicious onion gravy:
- Mashed potatoes
- Cube steak
- Hamburger steak
- Roast chicken
- Chicken fried steak
- Pot roast
- Salisbury steak
- Pork chops
- Pan-fried chicken
- Beef, pork and lamb roast
And of course one of the most famous applications of onion gravy is Bangers and Mash.
What is Bangers and Mash?
This quintessential British dish features British bangers (sausages) nestled on top of creamy mashed potatoes and drenched in onion gravy. It’s the ultimate comfort food.
If you love quality sausages and enjoy taking on new challenges such as dabbling in homemade sausage-making, be sure to check out our recipe for authentic Homemade British Bangers!
Let’s get started!
How To Make Onion Gravy
Note: This onion gravy is excellent as is but if you’re already making a roast, frying up pork chops or chicken, if you make this gravy in same pan as those meat drippings, it will boost the flavor up to an excellent+.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the sliced onions and sugar and cook for about 30 minutes until caramelized (deep golden).
Add the red wine and herbs, bring to a rapid boil for 2 minutes, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the mustard, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce.
Add the stock, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.
Remove sprigs of herbs. Add the vinegar, whisk in the cornstarch and simmer another minute or two until thickened, whisking continuously. Add the cold butter and whisk until dissolved.
Add salt and pepper to taste and more mustard if desired.
Serve the gravy as desired (see our list of recommendations above).
And if you’re a fan of Bangers and Mash, be sure to check out our recipe for Homemade British Bangers!
BEST Onion Gravy
- 1/2 stick (56 grams) unsalted butter
- 2 large yellow onions , peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced (or diced if you prefer smaller pieces)
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 large sprig fresh sage
- 2 cups strong beef broth
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon dark balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 1 tablespoon water
- 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
- Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add the sliced onions and sugar and cook for about 30 minutes until caramelized (deep golden). Add the red wine and herbs, bring to a rapid boil for 2 minutes, reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the stock, mustard, salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a low simmer and simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove sprigs of herbs. Add the vinegar, whisk in the cornstarch and simmer another minute or two until thickened, whisking continuously. Add the cold butter and whisk until dissolved. Add salt and pepper to taste and more mustard if desired.