Start making your own real gravy without using gravy granules or Bisto. It will be the best gravy you've ever tasted.
Before putting the meat in the oven, place vegetables and herbs in the roasting tray and rest the meat on top of it. This has a number of effects including helping add flavour to the meat and protecting it from the direct heat from the bottom of the roasting pan. The most important factor for the gravy though is that the vegetables will brown whilst the meal is cooking and this is what helps make the gravy brown without the need for Bisto or gravy browning. Onions are by far the best for this so whilst you can vary the other veg, I always use onions.
When the meat is cooked, take it out of the roasting tray to rest leaving the vegetables and herbs in the tray. If there is fat in the bottom of the pan, remove all but a tablespoon or so. If you are cooking our roast chicken recipe, take the vegetables out of the inside of the bird and add these to the tray too.
Put the tray on the hob over a medium to high heat and soon the vegetables will start to sizzle. This will add to the flavour and help browning. Stir the vegetable around and scrape off any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan - more flavour!
Add the tomatoes if you are using them and fry these off too. Tomatoes add a great flavour and also help thicken the gravy.
When the vegetables are browned, add the flour (and mustard if using powdered) and stir in well, cooking for 2 minutes or so.
Pour in the wine if you are using or ladle or pour in a little of the hot stock. You can also add the mustard at this point.
Stir well until the liquid has been absorbed and then add all of the stock. Don't worry about lumps, these will breakdown and any remaining will go through the sieve.
Bring it back to the boil, stirring often (preventing lumps) until the gravy has reached your desired consistency. If you run out of stock, don't worry, some boiling water will be fine. You can also add juices as they run from the meat as it rests.
One excellent tip is to get a potato masher and use it to crush all of the vegetable in the pan. Not only does this make sure you get every last bit of flavour from them, it also really helps thicken the gravy.
When ready, pour the contents of the tray into a sieve squeezing the vegetables with the back of a spoon to get all of the juice and flavour from them. Collect the gravy in a saucepan or bowl/jug the and into either a saucepan or warmed bowl/jug scraping the underside of the sieve to get every last drop of gravy goodness.
Serving Size At least 5