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Brown Gravy Without Meat


  • 2 large onions
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 ounces of butter
  • 3 pints of boiling water
  • 1 bunch of savoury herbs
  • 1 wineglassful of good beer
  • salt and pepper to taste


Slice, flour, and fry the onions and carrots in the butter until of a nice light-brown colour; then add the boiling water and the remaining ingredients; let the whole stew gently for about an hour; then strain, and when cold, skim off all the fat. Thicken it in the same manner as brown gravy, and, if thought necessary, add a few drops of colouring.

Time: 1 hour.

Note: The addition of a small quantity of mushroom ketchup or Harvey's sauce very much improves the flavour of this gravy.


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The Book of Household Management (1861).

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