Roast Beef is a dish that people tend to use slightly less gravy because it is largely cut in slices unless you serve pull-apart beef. Therefore they tend to put less gravy on a beef meal, and the same of course for an open roast beef sandwich.
The correct amount of gravy for roast beef is 1/4 cup per person
The correct amount of gravy for roast chicken is 1/3 cup per person or 2.5 oz per person which equates to about 70 ml.
Gravy For Roast pork with crackling is also a recipe that people tend to use slightly less because it is usually served cut in slices, therefore guests tend to put less gravy on a pork meal and they do not want it on the crunchy crackling either.
The correct amount of gravy for roast pork is 1/4 cup per person
How much gravy do you need per person?
Let's say you want to know how much gravy to make for 20 people - how do you calculate the ingredients and cook the right amount.
Using the right recipe especially if you're not used to making it for a gathering can be stressful - because making a good homemade sauce can make or break a meal - remember it is all in the sauce.
You also need to calculate the volume needed so you can use the right pan.
The best way to work out the ingredient quantities is to take your own favorite gravy and make a batch and measure the final volume, then divide it by the quantity per person above and then scale it up.
Sauce Pan Bulk Gravy- Serves 10
To a large pan add the hot meat drippings or lard. Add the flour and blend well this kind of makes a roux. Stir in the salt and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes. The next step is to slowly add the stock, stirring constantly with a wire whisk. Cook until smooth and thickened.
I find the best type of pot to make a sauce like this one that has a thick bottom - so quite a heavy pot - that way when you bring it up to temperature it holds its heat and you do not have to keep turning the gas or electric up and down to risk burning the mix. Also If you want to thicken you can just simmer easily to reduce the gravy a little and increase the flavor.
Do not forget to taste and add more seasoning if necessary.
Trader Joe’s has a good quality store-bought turkey gravy packet that will serve 6 people. You can use this as a cheat to start and add a little poultry stock and a roux and easily double the amount of gravy. further, if you add some turkey drippings and season with a few of your favorite herbs - slowly or little by little you can get a great gravy without having to start from scratch.
To thicken this gravy take one tablespoon of corn starch (cornflour) with 1-2 tablespoons of water - mix it so there are no lumps, then add to the turkey sauce and bring to the boil for 2 minutes and you will have a great cheat or easy way to make gravy for a crowd.
If you want to thicken gravy the best way is to use cornstarch.
To thicken gravy with cornstarch with smooth and creamy results, mix the cornstarch with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to make a paste. Make sure it has no lumps - then stir it in and cook or boil for 2 minutes to get rid of any residual cornstarch flavor. You will get a nice thick result.
For turkey use 75 ml of gravy per person.
Remember to store leftover sauce using an airtight container. Use it within three days. To reheat it, just slowly bring it to the boil it while whisking well. Turn down the heat and simmer it until you're ready to serve it.
If you freeze - Frozen gravy can stay safe for up to three months.
What Sides should you prepare to go with gravy?
What are some other types of gravies and dishes that work well with a great gravy recipe?
The average cost of gravy per person is 10 cents depending on how many ingredients you add like herbs etc. This is for gravy from scratch and uses flavor and drippings from the meat you would otherwise discard. If you buy store-bought packet gravy it can be as high as 80 cents or more per person.
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