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Red wine gravy
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Red Wine Onion Gravy

This luxurious red wine onion gravy is infused with fresh thyme and is the perfect sauce for dressing mashed potatoes or a tender beef roast.
Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time7 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 81kcal


  • 1 small red onion sliced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ cups beef broth
  • ½ cup dry red wine (see note)
  • 1 sprig thyme


  • Melt butter in a saucepan set over medium heat. Add sliced red onion and slowly saute until caramelized, approximately 30 minutes.
  • Once caramelized, turn heat to low then sprinkle in flour and stir to combine. Continue stirring for approximately three minutes, or until the flour mixture turns a light brown.
  • Slowly dribble in beef broth while continuing to stir. Ensure it is fully incorporated before more is added so lumps don't form. Add in the sprig of thyme and slowly add the wine as well.
  • Bring the gravy to a simmer and let cook until thickened, appoximately three minutes.


*Using ½ cup of red wine will create a fairly strongly flavored wine gravy. If you want a more mild wine-flavored gravy, cut the red wine in half and add an equal amount of additional beef broth.
Properly caramelizing onions takes time and can't be rushed. Please see my how to caramelize onions write-up for more tips and suggestions.


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 219mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg