Homemade White Pepper Gravy

If there is one thing my hubs loves, it’s white pepper gravy. That man can put away his weight in gravy. Probably not the healthiest food item to indulge in, but he enjoys it, and I like to make it for him.

Usually I use one of those powder packets. You know what I’m talking about.

But guess what I learned to make recently?!


Now I can pretend to be awesome and whip it up, from scratch, whenever I want! I don’t have to rely on having those packets in my cabinet anymore.

Even better, now YOU can make it from scratch without a mix!

It’s incredibly simple to make, but you have to keep your proportions accurate – 2:2:1 or 4:4:2.


2 tablespoons Butter : 2 tablespoons Flour : 1 cup milk

4 tablespoons Butter : 4 tablespoons Flour : 2 cups milk

You’re basically making a roux to start with, be careful not to burn it.

Now, it’s really easy to eyeball this, and make it as thick or thin as you prefer. Hubs prefers a slightly thicker gravy, so I use about 3 tablespoons butter and flour with 1 cup milk. Sometimes I add an additional tablespoon or two of milk depending on how it looks. He hasn’t complained yet!

I perfer to use a pepper grinder for this recipe, too. I love the thickness and the satisfaction of turning the grinder head, haha.

White Pepper Gravy


  • 2-3 tablespoons butter
  • 2-3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk, plus 1-2 tablespoons additional for your preference
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. In small saucepan, melt butter.
  2. Once butter is melted, add the flour and stir. It will clump up like a mo’fo so be prepared.gravy
  3. Slowly add the milk, a little at a time and stir to incorporate. Stir continuously. The gravy will go from looking like thick mashed potatoes to gravy consistency once all of the milk has been added.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste. I like peppery gravy, so I use a minimum of at least 1 tablespoon pepper. Add what you like and are comfortable with.

I enjoy making this gravy, and it goes great on mashed potatoes, rice, to dip your chicken fried steak fingers in… we had it with homemade mashed potatoes, hamburger steaks and corn. It was a hit, but this is one of those basic, “normal” dinners we have around here. Nothing fancy, but super yummy and artery clogging, I guess!


What will you put your gravy on?

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