I love French Onion everything!! So it is not surprising that this gravy is my favourite. Since we have a house load of chefs here – my daughter and also my younger son both love cooking so we are always trying out new ideas and recipes. My daughter goes more for vegetarian dishes as she is 94.7% vegetarian (I will tell you about this percentage in another post) and my son loves watching Gordon Ramsay and other chefs so he takes over most of the grilling and meat dishes.
Anyway this time, since Steven was busy, I decided to prove that I could make a tasty gravy too. My idea was to impress him and impress him I did!! So here is the recipe for you to impress your family and guests.
FRENCH ONION GRAVY
2 large Spanish / White onions
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup Emmental or Gruyere cheese – grated
1 1/2 cups beef or vegetable broth
- In a pan heat the olive oil and butter until the butter just bubbles.
- Add in the onions, bay leave and thyme.
- Allow this to cook on a low flame for 20-25 mins or until the onions first soften and then begin to brown slightly. I like browning them because the colour of the gravy is a lot nicer if it is brown instead of a pale yellow.
- From that point, just add in the flour and allow to cook for 30 seconds or so.
- Pour in the broth, whisking all along to avoid lumps. Keep whisking lightly as it thickens. If it is too thick, just add more broth or water.
- Once it reaches the desired consistency, add salt and pepper to waste.
- You can thin the gravy a little if needed at the time of serving.
One note for this recipe is to avoid making it in advance. It is best served immediately or shortly after cooking.
Another awesome combination for this gravy is grilled beef or pork… try it and Instagram me!!