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What can I do with pan gravy?

are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 19, 2009 07:12 PM

I made spareribs tonight, and I have a ton of leftover pan gravy. Can I use this for anything? It's really tasty and I'd hate to pour it down the drain, but I've got no idea what to do with it.

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    ktb615 RE: are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 19, 2009 07:16 PM

    Biscuits and gravy for breakfast?

    1. kchurchill5 RE: are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 19, 2009 07:24 PM

      Pork or beef. I would keep it freeze it in small batches in baggies in your freezer. Serve over grilled or baked pork chops, chicken breasts, Stuff a chicken breast with a little quick bread stuffing for and use the gravy. Biscuits and gravy is a great idea. Use it to make a simple baked caserrole with chicken cubed potatoes, gravy and some fresh vegetables.

      I always save my gravy for lots of uses. How about a hash with chicken or pork, onion, peppers, potatoes and use the gravy as a base.

      I had 3 small pouches of gravy left from the Holiday and made a stuffed chicken breast. Stuffed it with some fresh vegetables, cheese and a little bread crumbs. Used my base gravy added some white wine and used that over the baked chicken breast. It was great. Make a slow cooked cube steak and use the gravy over that and some cheese grits ... comfort food.

      Hope that helps.

      1. monku RE: are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 19, 2009 07:47 PM

        Pour it down your drain and you'll make your Roto Rooter guy very happy. $$$

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          jaykayen RE: are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 19, 2009 07:54 PM

          I keep old yogurt and cream cheese plastic containers around just for this purpose.

          kchurchill's idea of using it with chicken, which you can't really make a pan gravy out of, at least, not one comparable to a gravy made out of spare ribs!

          You could probably also use a few tablespoons to flavor a soup.

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            kchurchill5 RE: jaykayen Jan 19, 2009 08:02 PM

            I do the same either small containers or baggies. The soup is a great idea. Some gravies obviously have certain flavors and hard to reuse. But generic staple sauces can be used to adapt to lots of food and is a nice addition.

          2. alanbarnes RE: are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 19, 2009 08:57 PM

            Rice with gravy is a guilty pleasure of mine...

            1. ipsedixit RE: are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 19, 2009 09:06 PM

              There are very few things that gravy doesn't improve.

              Heck, if all else fails, I would suggest just dipping plain white bread in your gravy and dusting it off that way. It's the tried-and-true "vegetarian" gravy sandwich. :-)

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                sobriquet RE: are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 19, 2009 10:35 PM

                Sounds like someone needs to make a batch of kasha varnishkas to soak up that good gravy...

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                  are_you_gonna_eat_that RE: are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 20, 2009 10:57 AM

                  Thanks, everyone. I may shoot for biscuits and gravy this weekend. The soup idea is good, too.

                  Here's the follow-up question (and at this point I should say, I'm relatively new to cooking meat): I put the gravy in the fridge, and it separated -- brown jelly-like stuff on the bottom; creamy stuff on the top. What do I make of this? If I'm making gravy for biscuits, what if anything do I do? And if I'm adding to soup, then what?

                  Thanks in advance -- you guys are awesome.

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                    greygarious RE: are_you_gonna_eat_that Jan 20, 2009 12:36 PM

                    The creamy stuff is the fat. You can remove some or all of it if you don't want it to be part of the next use. On its own, the fat can be used to fry other items such as eggs, potatoes, or plain meat that doesn't have much of its own fat. If you add the gravy to soup, just use it the way you would use bouillon.

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