How To Make Perfect Gravy

Now, we know all the festivities have passed and the big celebratory meals are making way for more healthy, lighter meals, but we had to share the this recipe as we felt it really lifted this year’s Christmas dinner.  Also, even though the festive excesses are going to be toned down in the coming months, there’s still plenty more great roast dinners to be made and enjoyed which would benefit from this recipe.

And although it is quite time consuming, it can be done prior to any big roast.

It’s based on the Jamie Oliver recipe: Get-ahead gravy


  • 2 Onions
  • 2 Celery sticks
  • 2 carrots
  • Chicken wings
  • Port or cherry
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Plain flour
  • Streaky bacon
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • Garlic cloves if desired


  • Roughly chop the onions, celery, carrots, streaky bacon and place in a baking tray.
  • Crack chicken wings with a knife to release more flavour then place them in the baking tray.
  • Add Rosmary and garlic cloves if desired.

  • Roast for approx 45 mins at 200 degrees Celsius until golden.
  • Once cooked, put the tray on the hob, and mash all the ingredients.
  • Add roughly 1-2tablespoons of plain flour and mix.
  • Add the Cranberry sauce, port/sherry.
  • Add roughly 1.5 litres of water and simmer for a further 30 mins on the hob.

  • Strain the thickened glossy gravy from the ingredients.
  • Serve imediately, alternatively, leave to cool and refrigerate/freeze.

This may take a little longer than your average gravy to prepare, but you can make it before to help out and it really does lift and enhance the flavours of a roast and would thoroughly recommend giving it a go.

If you enjoyed this post, please share with friends and also take a look at our other posts relating to great roast dinners.

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