Making a onion gravy can be very simple, and very complex at the same time. It requires a delicate blend of ingredients to ensure that you will enhance the meal that it goes with rather than overpower it. To begin the process, a few simple decisions have to be made as to what entree the gravy will be presented with, the timing of the dish, and as to what extent you would like the strength of the flavors to be. Once you feel empowered enough to make these decisions, a trip to the local grocery is definitely in order.
At your local store, remember that more is sometimes not necessarily better. When choosing the ingredients for this gravy, sparing yet subtle spice selections can be key to pulling off a magnificent finish. To start, a small bushel of white or yellow onions as the focal point of the gravy is essential. After a good onion selection is made, then the personal preference of the cook comes into play, and in this recipe we will be using two tablespoons of butter, two tablespoons of plain all purpose flour, two tablespoons of Worchester sauce, two tablespoons of Dijon mustard, one pint of vegetable stock (any brand will suffice), a eight ounce glass of white wine, and two large onions.
Starting the gravy is fairly simple, and I would reccomend doing this prior to cooking any meats as the sauce will taste much more robust after being heated up. Begin by using a heavy sautee pan and placing the butter in the bottom on medium to medium high heat. Add the onion after it has been chopped into a diced state and cook uncovered until they are golden or clear in color .then cover and continue to cook at a low heat until they go brown. Covering them keeps in the moisture so that they can caramelize nicely without drying out.
Once they are nicely browned, add the flour and stir into the onions. Then stir in the mustard and start adding the liquid ingredients. Gently bring to the boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally for about another 15-20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary After the process is complete, you will want to store this delicious mixture in a air tight plastic container, and you can store this in the refrigerator for up to forty eight hours prior to serving your meal. When reheating, use the same heavy pan, and heat on low until thoroughly warmed through.
With this simple, yet elegant recipe, you are ensured that your meal will provide the perfect balance of flavor with flair. This is a great gravy to serve over multiple types of meat including beef, chicken, or pork. For a more vegetarian style, serve over steamed vegetables and rice, with the onion flavor coming out in every bite. Regardless on how you choose to serve it, remember to have fun with the cooking process, and enjoy your time in the kitchen, as your feelings while preparing this onion gravy will definitely show in the final product.