Hamburger Creamed Gravy

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This hamburger creamed gravy recipe may become a staple of low budget family meals in your house. It consists of a velvety white sauce studded with ground beef, so that ladled over mashed potatoes or biscuits, it could be a complete meal. Judy, the author of The Southern Lady Cooks recipe blog, grew up with this gravy recipe because it was so delicious and affordable to make. According to Judy, SOS gravy recipes, otherwise known as creamed chipped beef, might have included chipped beef or dried beef in its early days. Chipped beef is a variety of salted, dried beef which is similar to bresaola. This SOS gravy served over toast would have been a common military meal for the U.S. Armed Forces, and may have even made its way into family homes during World War II when people wanted to stretch their rations. Whatever the true origins may be, this hamburger creamed gravy will be a delicious and economical addition to your home as well.

Ground meat recipes are perfect when families are looking for affordable meals because ground meat can be stretched out in a dish easily, especially if it is something saucy like this rather than a meatloaf or meatballs. The rich, creaminess of the white sauce makes the gravy satisfying so that each person doesn’t need to consume as much meat. Although the technique of making this dish isn’t the same as a béchamel recipe, essentially that is what this is with beef stirred in. This cooking recipe starts with beef getting browned before the flavourings, flour and milk are added, and the entire mixture is simmered until thick. The fat from the beef and the milk help turn the flour into a paste, and the starches in the flour help thicken the liquids into a creamy sauce. You will probably have everything on hand to make this easy dish, since it involves a number of pantry staples, like onion and flour. If you don’t have Worcestershire sauce in your house, though, you could substitute with an equivalent amount of soy sauce or Maggi, which will contribute a similar umami taste. A half teaspoon of Dijon could add the tanginess that the Worcestershire sauce has if you don’t have Worcestershire available to you.

Some people don’t enjoy creamy white sauces because they can have a starchy taste. There is a way to eliminate starchiness from a sauce recipe, though. The secret is that once the flour is stirred into the pot is not to add the liquids yet; rather, cook while stirring until the flour smells toasted, which shouldn’t take any more than three minutes. A lengthy simmering of the sauce may also reduce the starchy flavour. If you are on a gluten-free diet, using all-purpose flour won’t be a good choice for you. Instead, you can thicken with cornstarch at the very end, which is gluten-free, and it will thicken the sauce instantaneously while giving it a glossy appearance.

Next time you are looking for recipes with ground meat, keep this creamed gravy recipe in mind. This sauce will be delicious for picking up potatoes, cooked noodles or rice, and will make a complete meal when served with a side salad or green vegetable. What’s more, your family won’t be able to get enough of this hearty dinner recipe. This dish makes six to eight servings, which means you can serve several people and possibly have leftovers for the next day too. Thank you to Judy, the author of The Southern Lady Cooks recipe blog, for sharing her hamburger creamed gravy recipe with us.

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