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Clear Meat Gravy?

My mom used to make a ground beef gravy, but it was not a dark or white gravy. I would consider it a 'clear' gravy, and quite basic. Maybe some juice from browned hamburger, onion, garlic, water? It was not a thick gravy, but not completely runny either, from what I remember. She would make this meat gravy and put it on mashed potatoes. Anyone have any suggestions? (This was back in the late 60's early 70's and used as budget-wise main meal.) Thank you.

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Steve from Redlands, CA

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By Bridghid (Guest Post)
October 22, 20070 found this helpful

We called this hamburger gravy. Just brown the meat with seasonings of your choice, and chopped onion. Add water or broth and simmer. Thicken with cornstarch which will keep the gravy clear or with a flour water paste. Serve over mashed potatoes or toast.

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October 22, 20070 found this helpful

Depending on the quantity you want
1 boullion cube, 1 cup water bring to boiling

1/2 cup cold water, stir in a heaping teaspoon of cornstarch and stir into the boiling mixture until thickened

for a larger amount add additional boullion cubes plus water
and increase the amount of cornstarch in the 1/2 c. water

makes a light brown, clear gravy of medium thickest

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ajust the amount of cornstarch to change the thickest

can use beef, chicken or vegetable boullion depending on what you are using it on.

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By Jeanne (Guest Post)
October 22, 20070 found this helpful

She may have used cornstarch to thicken rather than flour.

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By Joanne (Guest Post)
October 22, 20070 found this helpful

Use a beef boullion cube, 1 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon of corn starch and stir until thickened. This is the basic brown gravy mixture...you need not add salt as the boullion cube is salty. You could add some onion juice or some garlic juice or pepper for futher seasoning.

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By (Guest Post)
October 23, 20070 found this helpful

I think she used the drippings from the skillet, then added some water or beef broth and thickened it with a little cornstarch. Try it!

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful

Drain fat from pan. Add back in about two tablespoons. Add to 1 cup COLD water about 1 tbsp. corn starch. "Scrape" the bottom of the pan well to get up all the drippings possible. Stir constantly over medium heat. When the liquid comes to a boil it will be somewhat thick, but fairly clear.

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If you want more that a cup, then add 1 cup beef broth mixed w/ 1 tbsp. corn starch for each additional cup of gravy desired. Note: Making gravy is the very LAST thing that you do in meal preparation. If you are browning bread, put the bread in the oven, then make the gravy.

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful

Drain fat from pan. Add back in about two tablespoons. Add to 1 cup COLD water about 1 tbsp. corn starch. Put in pan. "Scrape" the bottom of the pan well to get up all the drippings possible. Stir constantly over medium heat. When the liquid comes to a boil it will be somewhat thick, but fairly clear. If you want more that a cup, then add 1 cup beef broth mixed w/ 1 tbsp. corn starch for each additional cup of gravy desired. Note: Making gravy is the very LAST thing that you do in meal preparation. If you are browning bread, put the bread in the oven, then make the gravy.

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By Ann (Guest Post)
October 23, 20070 found this helpful

Steve,

To our family clear gravy is the best.
I can beef cubes in plain water by the pressure canning method and then when I want beef and gravy I open the jar and thicken the beef liquid with a little cornstarch and cook until it thickens a bit.

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You could also make clear gravy by using the broth from a cut of meat that you have slowly simmered. To further clarify meat broth you can strain it through a coffee pot paper filter.Add your own seasonings as you like, salt, pepper, etc.

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful

Sounds like your Mom made "Shepherd's Pie" - brown ground beef and onions - drain grease off - add water to cover the ground beef and add 1 beef buillion cube. Cook over medium heat until water cooks down and cube dissolved - stir mixture (you can decide how much of the water you want to keep). I don't use any other seasonings. Cover the meat with mashed potatoes and serve right from the pan. I use a large non-slotted spoon and scoop a big helping - then when putting on a plate I flip it over so ground beef and gravy are on the top w/potatoes on bottom. My English friend put peas and carrots in hers. I sometimes drain the liquid into another container and set aside to make sure I have enough of the "gravy" - Then just enjoy.

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful

sounds like red eye gravy. my mom made it all the time for my dad. just pan drippings and sometimes would put cold coffee in and it would make it darker.

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try it. it was clear except for the brown color from ddrippings or coffee

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful

sounds like red eye gravy. my mom made it all the time for my dad. just pan drippings and sometimes would put cold coffee in and it would make it darker. try it. it was clear except for the brown color from ddrippings or coffee

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful

red eye gravy from about.com i searched it online.

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons margarine
1 slice of ham, about 1/4-inch thick
2 tablespoons strong, brewed, black coffee
4 tablespoons water
PREPARATION:
Melt margarine in skillet and fry ham until done. Remove ham to a platter and keep warm. Add coffee and water to the fat; bring to a boil. Serve gravy with the ham and grits.

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For a large slice of ham or two slices, double amount of liquid.
Serves 2 to 4.

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful

Cornstarch is the answer. It's fun to watch it thicken and become clear. Flour will make great gravy, too, but it's cloudy. I leave my drippings in the pan, put cornstarch in a glass and add water to it, mix it well and stir it into the drippings. Bring the liquid to a simmer and stir when the gravy begins to thicken. Depending on how you seasoned the meat, you might need to add salt, pepper or whatever spices you like to the gravy.

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October 23, 20070 found this helpful

Steve, you need to mix the cornstarch with COLD water before you add it to your pan.

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By redskin (Guest Post)
October 24, 20070 found this helpful

We had something similar. Mom used to use chicken stock, let it simmer awhile and thicken it to your liking with flour & water shook up in a jar. Or cornstarch & water or cool broth. We usually had it with diced onions and a can of peas /w carrots added.
But it's your call, later, >>>-----> redskin.

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By Kinga (Guest Post)
October 24, 20070 found this helpful

Cornstarch will make it a clear gravy. Flour will make it more White. Hope this works for you.

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November 20, 20080 found this helpful

I was told years ago from a good cook - always add two flavours to your gravy ie chicken/ beef - I have used this for years found it delicious turkey/beef - experiment & enjoy

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