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Rich Onion Gravy Recipe

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Rich Onion Gravy Recipe

Rich Onion Gravy Recipe

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A thick, rich, sticky onion gravy is the perfect sauce for many great traditional British and Irish meat dishes. This recipe for onion gravy is so quick and simple to make and is perfect with Bangers (sausages) and Mash, most roast meats, slathered on a Toad in the Hole or as a filling for Yorkshire puddings.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp vegetable or cold-pressed rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 750ml/ 3 cups beef stock
  • 4 tsp corn flour/corn starch
  • 4 tsp cold water
  • Salt and black pepper


  • Melt the oil and butter in a large saucepan over a gentle heat. Add the onion and cover with a lid. Cook slowly for approx 10 mins or until the onions are soft and translucent, take care not to burn, the onions should not be browned.
  • Add the sugar and balsamic vinegar to the onions and stir well. Cover with the lid and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes, again making sure they don't catch.
  • Add the stock and boil gently uncovered for 5 minutes.
  • In a heatproof jug or bowl mix the corn starch/flour with the cold water to create a thin paste. Pour a little of the hot gravy into the starch mixture and mix thoroughly. Pour the starch mixture back into the gravy, raise the heat to high and boil for 10 minutes or until the gravy is slightly thickened.
  • Season with salt and pepper and keep warm until ready to serve.
Note: To create a shine on the gravy whisk 1 tsp of ice cold butter into the finished gravy before serving.
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 3 out of 5
Delicious, Member CarolynThurston

Whenever I serve sausages I think the plate needs something else on it or to go ON the sausages. I made red cabbage and apples to go along with the dinner, and decided to try this gravy. I found other recipes similar to this calling it ""Sticky Onion Gravy."" Ideally this should be served with mashed potatoes, I think. I added a little squirt of Worcestershire sauce and about 1 1/2 tsp of sherry vinegar to the gravy at the end. It was very good.

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