Keto Gravy – Low Carb Recipe
Having Thanksgiving without gravy would be like having a sundae without the cherry on top! While not totally necessary, it adds a final touch that makes the dish seem finished. Making keto gravy is very easy. You can do it ahead of time, making your Thanksgiving prep that much easier. Store your keto gravy in the refrigerator for up to four days.
Most gravy recipes include flour as a thickener, which adds to the carb count. However, it's really not necessary as there are plenty of good keto thickeners you can use instead.
Keto Gravy Recipe
For this keto gravy recipe, I chose xanthan gum as the thickener. Studies on xanthan show that it has some positive health benefits. These include reduced blood sugar, lower cholesterol (if we even care) and weight loss. However, there is also evidence that it can negatively impact the gut microbiome. Most of these are animal studies and involve eating large quantities. Much larger than the tiny amount we consume in this dish.
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Since I only ever use a very small quantity in a whole recipe and don't use it very often, I don't worry about these effects.
Xanthan Gum Substitute / Keto Thickeners
If there are reasons you don't want to use xanthan gum in your keto gravy, there are a few substitutes you can use. Depending on what texture you're trying to achieve in your recipe, you can use gelatin or agar agar instead.
Gelatin creates a gel like substance when added to liquid, is great for animal based diets and can be used as a thickener. Agar agar can be used as a thickener as well and is plant based.
Whichever thickener you choose, start out with a very small amount and give the liquid ample time to absorb the additive. Plenty of times when I thought I hadn't added enough, a few minutes later the liquid thickened immensely and it became way too much.
Using too much of these type of ingredients can also change the flavor of your dish slightly.
Keto Gravy For Other Dishes
This keto gravy can also be made using chicken, beef or vegetable broth to be used with other dishes. The rest of the ingredients create a mild flavor profile that would be good with almost any other type of meat. Or, change some of the spices to better match the type of meat you're using.
For keto sausage gravy, just add some cooked sausage in step four of the instructions.
Keto Gravy – Low Carb Recipe
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
- Pour the broth into butter and add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, stir to combine.
- Add half of the xanthan gum and whisk briskly. Once it's incorporated, add the rest continuing to whisk until smooth.
- Place the thyme sprigs in the gravy and let it cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove the thyme sprigs and bring the gravy to a boil, whisking constantly.
- Remove the gravy and serve hot.
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