How To Make Country Gravy Without Milk

How to Make Country Gravy Without Milk: Dairy-Free Guide

Last Updated on May 19, 2024 by Shari Mason

Have you ever had a craving for creamy and tasty country gravy, only to realize that you’re out of milk? Don’t fret! There is still a way to make a delicious and decadent gravy without using milk.

Over the years, I’ve learned a trick or two in the kitchen, and making gravy without milk is one of them. This easy recipe ensures you get that hearty taste using essential ingredients in most pantries. 

So, gather your apron and dive into the magic of making country gravy without the milk. It’s simpler than you think.

Making Country Gravy Without Milk: A Simple Guide

Person Making Country Gravy
  1. Gather Your Ingredients:
    • 2 tablespoons of butter or cooking oil.
    • 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour.
    • 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth.
    • Salt and pepper to taste.
    • Optional: Pinch of ground sage or thyme for added flavor.
  2. Heat the Butter or Oil:
  3. In a medium-sized skillet or saucepan, melt the butter or heat the oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the Flour:
  5. Sprinkle in the flour, stirring continuously to create a smooth paste. This is your roux, which will thicken the gravy [1].
  6. Pour in the Broth:
  7. Slowly add the broth to the roux, whisking constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
  8. Season:
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you’re using, sprinkle in the ground sage or thyme.
  10. Let it Simmer:
  11. Reduce the heat to low and let the gravy simmer for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally. It will thicken as it cooks.
  12. Serve and Enjoy:
  13. Once thickened to your liking, remove from heat. Serve milk-free country gravy over biscuits, mashed potatoes, or your favorite dish.

“Every single diet I ever fell off of was because of potatoes and gravy of some sort.”

– Dolly Parton, American Singer

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What Can I Use Instead Of Milk In My Country Gravy?

  1. Chicken Broth: Adds a rich flavor that complements many dishes, especially poultry-based ones.
  2. Vegetable Broth: A vegetarian-friendly option that imparts your gravy a light and savory flavor.
  3. Beef Broth: For a deeper, meatier flavor, ideal for beef dishes.
  4. Water: In a pinch, water can be used, though it might require additional seasoning to enhance the flavor.
  5. Unflavored Soy Milk: A non-dairy alternative that has a neutral taste. Ensure it’s unsweetened and unflavored.
  6. Unflavored Almond Milk: Another non-dairy choice with a mild, slightly nutty flavor. Again, go for the unsweetened and unflavored variety.
  7. Coconut Cream: Provides a thick consistency and a unique flavor. Use sparingly to prevent overpowering the gravy.
  8. Half and Half or Cream: If dairy isn’t the issue, but you’re just out of milk, these can add richness to your gravy.
  9. Stock Cubes or Bouillon: Diluted in water, these can be a quick solution when you don’t have broth.
  10. Bone Broth: An increasingly popular option that’s flavorful and nutritious.

Will My Gravy Be Less Creamy Without Milk?

Biscuits with Country Gravy

Without milk, your gravy might have a different texture and not be as creamy as traditional milk-based gravies. 

However, you can achieve a satisfactory thickness and richness by using alternative ingredients and adjusting your cooking technique. 

The key is to experiment with your preferred ingredients, like broths or non-dairy milk [2], and use thickeners like flour or cornstarch to get the consistency right.

How Do I Get The Right Flavor Without Milk?

Achieving the right flavor without milk requires a combination of seasonings and alternative ingredients. Start with a good-quality broth or stock, which will serve as the gravy’s base and provide depth of flavor.

“In the kitchen of creativity, even country gravy finds its richness without milk.”

– Eat Pallet Restaurant & Food Advice

Next, add seasonings such as black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and a dash of poultry seasoning or sage. Taste as you go, and adjust the seasonings to your preference. 

Remember, while milk adds a creamy undertone to gravy, the right blend of seasonings can create a delicious and flavorful gravy even in its absence.

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Final Thoughts

Creating a flavorful country gravy without the use of milk is both feasible and delicious. 

One can achieve a rich and creamy consistency that rivals traditional milk-based gravies by utilizing alternative liquids and thickeners and adjusting seasonings. 

Whether you’re avoiding milk due to dietary preferences, allergies, or running out of it in the kitchen, you don’t have to compromise on taste and texture. 

With creativity and kitchen know-how, you can enjoy a delectable country gravy catering to everyone’s taste buds.


Shari Mason

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