Once you make this Homemade Onion Gravy with Red Wine, it will soon become your magic gravy!
A rich gravy combined with caramelized onions and red wine. This is the perfect gravy for steak.
Hubby wanted steak for dinner. Let me rephrase that, hubby wanted barbecued steak for dinner. Pepper steak is his FAVOURITE. He also loves using a great meat marinade too.
I was thrilled. He gets to stand out in the cold and grill the meat. I get to stand in the kitchen (with a glass of wine) and watch him LOL. I was nice, I opened the door and offered him a glass of wine too. This turned out to be THE MOST DELICIOUS steak dinner we have ever made.
Since he was so nice to cook my dinner, I wanted to make it a little extra special with a great red wine gravy. You know the Julia Child’s saying, “I love to cook with wine, sometimes I even put it in the food”.
Are you a gravy lover? I AM! Turkey gravy, beef gravy, mushroom gravy, they are ALL delicious. I also love cranberry sauce (my version contains bourbon).
Since red wine and steak go hand in hand, I wanted to make the perfect red wine gravy. We also love steak and onions. This is hands down the BEST ONION GRAVY recipe you will ever make. Hubby has been telling everyone about it. Maybe I should sell it?
Homemade Onion Gravy Ingredients
Homemade gravy is so much better than pre-made versions from cans, pouches, packages or however else you can buy it. Some people are so intimidated when it comes to making homemade gravy. After all, you can’t serve gravy with lumps at holiday dinners.
With this rich, brown onion gravy, you are in luck! This gravy is meant to be lumpy.
You will need a few really easy to find ingredients like:
- beef broth
- red wine
- olive oil
- pepper jelly
- salt & pepper
I will say, the MOST IMPORTANT part of this onion sauce (besides a good quality wine) is caramelizing the onions. You cannot rush this part if you want the most awesome onion gravy ever.
Caramelized Onions for Gravy
I know you are probably thinking, is this REALLY necessary? YES!
Have you ever tried a French pissaladiere pizza? A wonderful pizza topped with caramelized onions and olives. Just might be my favourite pizza of all. Even french onion soup needs some great caramelized onions.
Caramelizing onions is time-consuming, but NOT difficult. I get this process started WELL before I need to use the onions in the recipe. Once they are cooked, you can just reheat them when you are ready.
You start by thinly slicing the onions (while trying not to cry). Using a heavy bottomed skillet, heat some olive oil over medium-high heat. Cook for about 10 minutes or so to get them soft and translucent (mixing often).
At this point, you can turn the heat down to low. Add the butter, mix and place a lid on the skillet. Continue to cook (mixing a few times) until the onions are golden and soft. This can take anywhere from 40-60 minutes depending on the amount of onions.
Believe me when I say caramelized onions are WORTH the effort, I promise. If you really don’t want to spend the time you can always check out Jamie Oliver’s recipe for Onion Gravy or Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for Shallot and Red Wine Sauce, or Nigella Lawson’s recipe for Onion Cider Gravy, but my hubby thinks you will like my onion gravy recipe better.
How to Make Homemade Onion Gravy
It really is super easy and comes together quickly once the onions are cooked.
There is a SECRET ingredient that I added to this recipe, and that is HOT GRAPE JELLY that I purchased at a local market. I wish they had a link I could share.
I got this idea from a recipe for Cumberland Sauce. Since we love our food on the spicy side, this worked fantastically. Any wine jelly (or hot jelly if you like the heat) will work in this homemade onion gravy.
To the cooked onions add the jelly, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir until the jelly melts.
Add the flour and mix. Next is the wine, then broth. In a few minutes, you will be pouring rich, brown, delicious gravy over your meat. This would be perfect for bangers and mash as well.
Pepper steak and gravy has been kicked up at least 2 notches in our house with this Homemade Onion Gravy with Red Wine. Hubby has now claimed this is the BEST gravy he has EVER had!
Do you have a favourite homemade gravy recipe?
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Homemade Onion Gravy with Red Wine
- 11 ounces white onions (thinly sliced)
- 2 cups beef broth (sodium reduced)
- 1/3 cup dry red wine
- 1 tbsp flour
- 2 tbsp hot pepper jelly (or to your taste)
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp prepared yellow mustard
- salt & pepper (to taste)
- Thinly slice the onions.
- Warm the oil in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Adds the onions, stir and cook for about 8-10 minutes. Mix during the cooking process. Onions should be soft and translucent. Do not burn them.
- Turn the heat to low. Add the butter, salt and pepper. Mix well, and place the lid on the pan.
- Cook over low heat until the onions are nicely caramelized. Stir several times. It will take about 40-50 minutes for the onions to nicely brown and get very soft.**NOTE** You can cook the onions ahead of time, and just warm them when it is time to make the gravy.
- When the onions are done, turn up the heat to medium.
- Add the hot pepper jelly and mustard. Stir until everything has melted into the onions.
- Add the flour and mix to combine well.
- Add the wine and beef broth. Mix.
- Turn the heat to high and bring mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low, and cook until the gravy thickens and reduces slightly. This should take about 15-20 minutes.
- Pour gravy into a serving vessel.