Melt margarine in a large stock pot. Heat uncovered over medium–high heat for 1–2 minutes or until margarine begins to smoke.
Add onions. Cook uncovered over medium–high heat for 10–15 minutes until onions are a dark, caramel color. Stir occasionally. Reduce heat to medium.
Add flour, onion powder, and pepper. Heat uncovered over medium heat for 1–2 minutes until flour begins to brown, stirring constantly.
Add broth. Heat uncovered over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk to avoid lumping.
Scrape bottom of stock pot to avoid burning and to release particles into the gravy for flavor.
Simmer uncovered over medium heat for 5–10 minutes. Stir well.
Remove from heat. Purée ingredients in stock pot with a bermixer for 1–2 minutes until mixture has a smooth consistency.
Critical Control Point: Heat to 165 °F or higher for at least 15 seconds.
Pour 2 cups (about 1 lb) brown gravy into a steam table pan (12″ x 20″ x 2¹⁄2″).For 50 servings, use 2 pans. For 100 servings, use 4 pans.
Critical Control Point: Hold for hot service at 135 °F or higher.
Portion with ¹⁄2 fl oz ladle (1 Tbsp).
Variation 1 (Turkey Gravy): For step 1, heat margarine for 30 seconds to 1 minute uncovered over medium–high heat in a large stock pot. For step 2, add onions. Cook uncovered over medium–high heat for 5–8 minutes until onions are a light, caramel color. For step 3, proceed with recipe directions.For step 4, replace beef broth, low-sodium with turkey broth, low-sodium. Proceed with recipe directions for remaining steps.ORVariation 2 (Cream Gravy): For step 1, as soon as margarine melts, add onions. For step 2, allow onions to sweat for 1–2 minutes. Do not allow any browning.For step 3, heat ingredients for 30 seconds to avoid browning. For step 4, replace broth with half of the milk. After heating, add remaining milk. Stir well, and proceed to step 5.For step 6, simmer for 1–2 minutes. Proceed with recipe directions.
Brown Gravy USDA Recipe for Schools
Amount Per Serving 0 ¹⁄2 fl oz ladle (1 Tbsp).
Calories 11Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g0%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 0g0%
Vitamin D 5IU33%
Mature onions: 1 lb
Mature onions: 2 lb
*See Marketing Guide for purchasing information on foods that will change during preparation or when a variation of the ingredients is available.Cooking Process #2: Same Day Service.