We’re just days away from The Big Day and one important part for many is of course the Christmas Dinner. The carrots, the sprouts, the turkey (or veggie nut roast!)… but what about the gravy? I absolutely love gravy and my mother as a former cook makes some delicious gravy which if it were socially acceptable, I’d happily drink up off the end of my meal. She and I have picked out five mouth watering gravy recipes – both meat and vegetarian – that are bursting with flavour and create new sensations for your tastebuds.

Leek and Sherry Gravy (Vegetarian friendly)

1 Onion
1 Leek
1 glass of Sherry
1tbs Cornflour
Vegetable stock cubes
Gravy browning (optional)

1. Slice up onion and leek before sautéing until soft
2. Add one glass of sherry
3. Simmer until it’s reduced by half
4. Put 1tbs of corn flour 2 crumbled vegetable stock cubes and optional dash of gravy browning in a jug along with a little water. Mix to paste and gradually stir in a pint of boiling water
5. Add to leek and onion mix before simmering gently for approximately 10 minutes
6. Adjust thickness by using more water or cornflour to your choice
7. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Christmas Gravy Recipes

Shallot and Stilton (vegetarian friendly)

1 small Onion
4 Shallots
2-3tbs olive oil
2 Vegetable stock cubes
3 ounce of stilton cheese (if making vegetarian friendly, ensure stilton is suitable)
1tsp marmite
1tbs flour

1. Slice up onion and shallots and fry gently in olive oil until soft
2. Take off the heat and add 1tbs of flour before mixing in until no flour is visible
3. Mix the two stock cubes in with a pint of boiling water and slowly add to the pan
4. Add 1tsp of marmite and stir in well
5. Simmer gently for approximately 10 minutes
6. Adjust thickness by using more water or flour to your choice
7. Crumble in the stilton just before serving
8. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Traditional Turkey Gravy

Oil from roasted turkey
2tbs flour
2 chicken stock cubes
Small dash of gravy browning (optional)
1tsp mustard
1 sage leaf

1. Mix flour with oil from turkey
2. mix up 1 pint of boiling water (preferably from the cooked veg) with stock cubes and gently stir into flour mixture
3. Add optional dash of gravy browning and 1tsp mustard
4. Before simmering, stir in the sage leaf
5. Bring to boil and simmer approximately for 10 minutes
6. Take out sage leaf and adjust thickness by using more water or flour to your choice
7. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Christmas Gravy Recipes

Beef Mulled Wine Gravy

1 pint of mulled wine
Juices from roasted beef joint
2tbs flour
1tsp wholegrain mustard
2 beef stock cubes
gravy browning (optional)

1. Add flour to juices of roasted beef joint and whisk until smooth
2. Heat up mulled wine and add stock cubes and mustard
3. Gently stir into flour mixture and add a dash of gravy browning (optional)
4. Bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 10 minutes
5. Adjust thickness by using more water or flour to your choice
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper

White Wine and Apple (vegetarian friendly)

2 cored, peeled and chopped eating apples
1 Onion
1/2 pint white wine
2tbs flour
2 veggie stock cubes
1 sage leaf
3tbs olive oil

1. Chop up onion and gently fry in olive oil until soft
2. Add in apple to pan
3. Mix flour into olive oil and stir in the wine
4. Mix stock cubes with 1/2 boiling water and add in wine
5. Whisk this into the other ingredients
6. bring to the boil and add sage leaf before simmering for approximately 10 minutes
7. Remove leaf and adjust thickness by using more water or flour to your choice
8. Season to taste with salt and pepper

I hope you enjoy trying these gravy recipes over the Christmas period! Which one takes to your appeal?


Jazz is a Disney, tea and pop culture enthusiast with a passion for blogging. Also a proud introvert.

You may also like...


  1. These sound mouth watering! May have to try the white wine & Apple 🙂

  2. I think I’m going to subtly pass this over to my husband….

  3. The beef mulled wine gravy sounds incredible! Also, I love that you included vegetarian friendly gravy. I’ll have to make note of those for when I’m hosting! Thanks for sharing!

  4. This looks amazing! I am definitely looking forward to Christmas now!

  5. Those sound really yummy. Especially the mulled wine gravy! I’ll have to try that for sure.

  6. This is a great list! I’m in charge of dessert but my partner is taking care of the mains so I will definitely share. I’m liking the beef mulled wine.

  7. I’ve only ever had the traditional turkey gravy before, but some of these others sound delicious!

  8. Though my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, these gravy recipes sound great for any big meal of the year. Both my husband and daughter are vegetarians so I’m glad to see an option that we can all enjoy. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  9. Great gravy tips! I find mine can sometimes be a hit or a miss so I definitely need to keep these in mind for our next big family event!

  10. These looks so delish and savory! I’m always looking for a good recipe of gravy especially this time of the year where turkey is served. I love a good tasty gravy and this is right up my alley. Thanks

  11. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I am always looking for vegetarian-friendly gravy recipes. The white wine and apple would be great on my fruit stuffing.

  12. I have to admit, I am a traditional gal. But my husband isn’t a turkey fan so maybe if I change up the gravy, he would like it.

  13. I was just planning my menu for Christmas Day and this reminded me I don’t have any gravy included! I will have to try one of these, they look delicious.

  14. Love that you shared 5 different gravy recipes! They all sound delicious. I can’t wait to test them out.

Leave a Reply