Mashed Potato Gravy

This creamy mashed potato gravy is smooth and seasoned to perfection. It is creamy, delish, beyond simple and can be made without drippings!

This gravy is perfect for all of your mashed potato needs, but also makes a great sauce for your main meat dishes. I love to pour this over turkey or even pot roast. Try pairing this with Roast Turkey, Pot Roast, or THE Best Mashed Potatoes.

Mashed potato gravy in gravy boat

Who can deny Mashed Potatoes and Gravy?!

This family includes HUGE fans of mashed potatoes and gravy. I won’t name names…but there are those that fill an entire plate full of this creamy goodness.

This recipe is a quick and easy way to make gravy for your mashed potatoes. We used beef stock and bouillon cubes, but you can easily use chicken flavor instead. 

Whether you are whipping this up for a special occasion, or taking a regular weeknight up to the next level, this gravy is sure to be a star!

How to make gravy for mashed potatoes process shot

How to Make Mashed Potato Gravy

HEAT. Use a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Add the stock and the bouillon cubes, then heat for 1 minute and stir. Repeat heating until the bouillon is dissolved.

MELT. In a saucepan over medium-high heat melt the butter. Add the flour, thyme, and sage and cook for 1 minute.

WHISK. Slowly whisk in the hot stock/bouillon cube until smooth.

SIMMER. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook, whisking, until smooth and thick, about 1 minute.

SEASON & SERVE. Remove from heat, then salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Recipe Tips

Gravy should be flavorful and smooth. Here are a few tips to help get the best result possible:

  • Whisk Whisk Whisk your wrist will get a good work out, but it will be well worth it.
  • Add the liquid slowly and whisk
  • Keep warm: the gravy thickens as it cools. If it becomes too cool it will take on a pudding like texture.
  • Thicken: add some gravy to a separate bowl and whisk in some flour. Once it is smooth pour it into the main pot of gravy and whisk. 
  • To thin it out just add more broth

Easy mashed potato gravy

Drippings Tips + Storing Info

Drippings are the liquid and fat that melt off of the meat while it cooks. It’s very flavorful and can be used to make other recipes. This gravy recipe can be made without drippings, but if you have drippings it really helps give the gravy depth. Here’s how to incorporate drippings if you have them:

  1. Once you have removed the meat from the cooking pan allow the drippings to cool a bit, then strain the drippings through a colander. 
  2. Discard what was in the colander and allow the remaining drippings to settle. Skim off any fat. (You can use the skimmed fat in place of the butter, or along with the butter.)
  3. Taste the drippings. Knowing if it is salty, burnt, bland or flavorful will help you know how much to use. It will also tell you how much to reduce, or even omit, the bouillon cubes used. 
  4. Mix the desired amount of drippings in with the stock to equal the 2 cups called for. 
  5. Use the stock as directed in the recipe. 
  6. Note: Whenever you have drippings save it! Drippings can be stored in a freezer safe container in the freezer for up to 3 months. This way you’ll always have some on hand when you want to make gravy. 

Some of our favorite recipes that create delicious drippings include:

Storage: whether you want to make this ahead of time or store leftovers you can easily do so. Store in an airtight, freezer safe if applicable, container. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge, reheat on the stove top. 

Mashed potato gravy recipe in boat

Favorite Mashed Potato Recipes:

Mashed Potato Gravy Recipe

5 from 31 votes
This creamy mashed potato gravy is smooth and seasoned to perfection. It is creamy, delish, beyond simple and can be made without drippings!
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 58 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 2 cups beef stock or broth
  • 2 cubes beef bouillon
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried sage
  • salt and pepper to taste to taste

Instructions
 

  • Use a microwave safe bowl or measuring cup. Add the stock and the bouillon cubes, then heat for 1 minute and stir. Repeat heating until the bouillon is dissolved.
  • In a saucepan over medium-high heat melt the butter. Add the flour, thyme, and sage and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the hot stock/bouillon cube until smooth. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook, whisking, until smooth and thick, about 1 minute.
  • Remove from heat, then salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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Comments:

    1. If I make it with chicken instead of beef, do I need to change the spices or was it good with the original spices suggested?

  1. 5 stars
    So easy and delicious. I used a heaping tablespoon of beef better than bouillon in 2 cups of water instead of the broth and cubes.
    I didn’t need to add any salt.

  2. Hi!
    Thank you for the recipe.
    May I make a suggestion?
    Instead of sage, try substituting with summer savory.
    I promise you will like it.

  3. 5 stars
    I was searching for an easy gravy recipe to have on mashed potatoes for Easter and found this one! Boy, am I glad I did! So delicious – lots of flavor, super easy and my husband said it was the best gravy he’s ever had! Definitely will be my go-to gravy from now on!

    1. Yes, it can! Store in an airtight, freezer safe if applicable, container. Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge, reheat on the stove top.

  4. 5 stars
    Best way to make potatoes is to mash them . Brings back memories of growing up and visiting moms, grandmas, and aunts and eating some of the best meat yet.

  5. 5 stars
    This is such a great recipe! We’re smoking our turkey this year & won’t have drippings so this recipe will be just perfect!

  6. 5 stars
    The best and easiest gravy I have ever made! It goes perfectly with Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes. It’s been my go-to gravy for the past couple of years.

  7. 5 stars
    I made this last week & it was so good, I wanted to drink it..lol!! I am making it again on Sun. This is my new go-to gravy recipe!!