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Meatballs in Brown Gravy, Delicious Comfort Food

Meatballs in Brown Gravy

Meat­balls in Brown Gravy are super-quick to make if you start with frozen meat­balls (See my Easy Deli­cious Meat­balls recipe to make the BEST fla­vor-kicked-up meat­balls and keep your freez­er stocked, at all times.)

These scrump­tious meat­balls can be served over mashed pota­toes, noo­dles or even rice. It’s a sim­ple, afford­able meal that can be on the table quick­ly, (even on a week­night) and makes a fan­tas­tic fam­i­ly dinner. 

Gravy. It’s com­fort food. I won’t argue that it is healthy or that it’s “good for us”. But, my friends, SOMETIMES gravy is that warm hug you need after a long day. Gravy is good! lol 

Gravy’s warm. It’s creamy. It’s deeply rich in savory fla­vors. And from a food stand­point, gravy’s just plain sat­is­fy­ing. Gravy tastes like “home”. Which is why it almost always appears on the table, when I have a large fam­i­ly gath­er­ing — get-togeth­ers where I want every­one to feel wel­come, com­fort­able and “at home”.

This recipe for Meat­balls in Brown Gravy is EASY. Here’s how to get it on the table for sup­per, tonight.

How to Make Meatballs in Brown Gravy

flour and oil in cast iron skillet

This is a pret­ty basic gravy, that starts with a roux. The tex­ture and fla­vor get amped up a bit with the addi­tion of heavy cream and zingy sour cream. Oth­er­wise, it’s pret­ty straight-forward.

roux

Begin by mak­ing the roux in a 12″ cast iron skil­let. Pour the oil and flour into the skil­let and whisk them togeth­er over medi­um heat. They will begin to form a loose “paste” and start bub­bling as you get them com­bined. Allow the roux to con­tin­ue cook­ing for 2–3 min­utes. That gives the flour a chance to take on a more nut­ty fla­vor and the roux will become a deep­er color.

adding broth to roux

Whisk the beef broth and bouil­lon into the roux and con­tin­ue stir­ring to incor­po­rate it com­plete­ly and smooth out any lumps.

Add the cream and sour cream, whisk­ing them into the gravy. 

Then add the meat­balls. Con­tin­ue to cook over medi­um low heat until the meat­balls are warmed through.

Salt and pep­per to taste and gar­nish with minced pars­ley. It’s ready to serve. 

How to Serve Meatballs in Brown Gravy

As I men­tioned, we love these over mashed pota­toes, but egg noo­dles or rice are also great. When select­ing side dish­es, plan for lighter, brighter com­ple­ments. Some­thing with acidic or cit­rus will help to bal­ance the savory fla­vors of the gravy. Apple Cit­rus Coleslaw is a fan­tas­tic side with Meat­balls in Brown Gravy. Ruby Coleslaw is a per­fect accompaniment!

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Meatballs in Brown Gravy


  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 25 min­utes
  • Yield: 6-7 serv­ings 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 24-30 frozen meat­balls, (be sure to grab my easy recipe)
  • 5 Table­spoons oil
  • 5 Table­spoons flour
  • 1 T beef bouil­lon (I use Bet­ter than Bouil­lon Beef Base.  Choose your favorite brand.)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • salt and pep­per, to taste
  • option­al, chopped pars­ley garnish

Instructions

  1. Start by mak­ing a roux.  Put the oil and flour into your 12″ cast-iron skillet.
  2. Over medi­um heat, whisk the oil and flour togeth­er until they are smooth. 
  3. Con­tin­ue cook­ing for 2 to 3 min­utes to allow the flour to take on a nut­ty taste and aro­ma.  It will begin to dark­en in col­or, becom­ing a sort of gold­en shade.
  4. Whisk the beef broth and bouil­lon into the roux and con­tin­ue stir­ring to incor­po­rate it com­plete­ly and smooth out any lumps.  The gravy will begin thickening.
  5. Add the cream and sour cream, whisk­ing them into the gravy. Reduce the heat to medi­um low.
  6. Add the meat­balls. Con­tin­ue to cook over medi­um low heat until the meat­balls are warmed through.
  7. Serve over pota­toes, noo­dles or rice.
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Beef, Main Dish
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

Key­words: gravy, beef, meatballs

meatballs in brown gravy

If you and your fam­i­ly enjoy meat­balls, you might also like my recipe for Sweet and Sour Meat­balls. Be sure to check it out.

sweet and sour meatballs

10 thoughts on “Meatballs in Brown Gravy, Delicious Comfort Food”

  1. I’m so glad I came across this recipe! My gravy game need­ed a bit of help and these step by step visu­als did the trick. So easy and deli­cious! Thank you, Glenda!

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  2. This is so deli­cious and very fla­vor­ful! High­ly rec­om­mend­ed! Will sure­ly make this again! Well done!

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  3. Odd­ly meat­balls was on my list for din­ner this week, I saw your recipe and changed and used it. SO GOOD!! My all boy fam­i­ly loved it!

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