Gluten-Free, Paleo Gravy

Paleo_gluten_free_gravyBy Ali Wetherbee

Could Paleo gravy really be part of a healthy diet? For decades we have been instructed to cut out fats and salt, making gravy an off-limits food for many of us. The tide is finally changing, and researchers are recognizing what traditional cultures have known for centuries: not only does fat NOT make you fat, but fat is healthy, essential for good health and adequate nutrition, brain health, and more. Fats from grass-fed or free range animals are particularly high in nutrients and beneficial CLA. Even salt, despite its bad rap, is no longer condemned as the cause of high blood pressure we once thought it was, especially when that salt is mineral-rich sea salt.

So bring on the Paleo gravy! This gluten-free, Nourishing Traditions friendly, Paleo gravy is easy to make and comes out really delicious. Kerrie’s daughter, who is a big fan of gravy, absolutely loved it, as did her whole family. While this Paleo gravy recipe doesn’t make a whole lot, you can easily double it and freeze any extra. Try this over poultry or mashed potatoes, or use it in your favorite casserole recipe.

Paleo Gravy Ingredients:

  • 2 cups stock from free-range chicken or turkey
  • 2 tablespoons fat (pan drippings or butter; you could also use ghee or schmaltz)
  • 3 tablespoons of arrowroot powder — we used 4 tablespoons for a thicker gravy
  • 2 tablespoons cream from the top of a can of coconut milk (or use heavy cream)
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried parsley (optional)

Paleo Gravy Method:

Heat fat of choice in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add arrowroot powder, whisking until smooth. After about about a minute, begin to slowly add your stock, continuing to whisk constantly until smooth. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and add garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, salt and pepper to taste. If your Paleo gravy doesn’t seem thick enough, pour about 1/4 cup of the gravy into a cup and whisk in another tablespoon of arrowroot powder, then add the cup contents back into the pan. Finally, whisk in the coconut milk or heavy cream. Enjoy!

Thank you to healthstartsinthekitchen.com for this delicious paleo gravy recipe!

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