Everyone is starting to plan for Christmas now. Even the most stubborn individuals who refuse to feel festive until the 24th December and being sucked into the turkey-ordering and present-buying that surrounds the festive season. With the big day creeping even closer, t’s time to start thinking how many people you may be catering for and what you’re going to make so here’s a simple recipe for cider and onion gravy that you can make by the vat-full.
4 onions, sliced (using red onions make a sweeter gravy)
600ml chicken or beef stock (readymade or just dissolve a few stock cubes in water according to the pack instructions)
300ml dry cider
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce (not a requirement but tasty nonetheless!)
Salt and pepper
1.) Add a teaspoon of oil to a frying pan and add the butter. This will stop the butter from burning and the gravy getting a bitter taste.
2.) Finely slice the onions (run the blade of the knife under cold water first, it’ll stop you from crying!) and add to the pan. Fry the onions over a medium heat until soft and nicely browned.
3.) Add the flour and stir well.
4.) Gradually add in the stock and whisk well to avoid any lumps. Add the cider followed by the Worchester sauce and soy sauce and season to taste using the salt and pepper. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally until the mixture has reached your preferred consistency. If it becomes too thick, add a little water and stir.
6.) Serve immediately whilst still piping hot.
The quantities can be doubled as required. This recipe makes just under a litre of gravy, depending on the thickness. This recipe can be made vegetarian by using vegetable stock instead of chicken or beef.
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