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How to Make Gravy for 50 People? (3 Recipes Explained)

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Cooking delicious gravy is a challenging task. Sometimes, you cook gravy, and it turns out to be the most delicious one you’ve ever made, but the next time you try to replicate the same recipe, you don’t find it as delicious as the last time. You call it a hit-or-miss proposition, and it frustrates you.  

But nothing to worry about as we will be sharing some of the best gravy-making recipes that you can serve to a crowd of almost 50 people. Not only that, but if you think that you can’t make a delicious gravy, then this post will help you out.

Here you will learn several new gravy recipes such as cream gravy, pan gravy, or Hollandaise gravy, along with the number of people you can serve these fantastic dishes to.

Let’s see each recipe in detail.

How to Make Gravy for 50 People?

Chicken or Turkey Stock

You can serve this recipe to almost 20 people. This recipe will make 4 to 5 cups of gravy.


  • Chicken. You can take neckpieces, hearts, wingtips, and gizzards.
  • 1 large-sized carrot. Try to cut them fresh and in fine slices.
  • 1 large-sized onion. Try to cut them fresh and in fine slices.
  • 2 medium pieces of garlic. Chop them properly.
  • Black peppercorns. Almost 10 peppercorns are required.
  • Thyme in dried form. A quarter teaspoon of thyme is enough to have.
  • A big bay leaf.
  • Parsley stems. Take 2 cups of parsley to sprinkle them on the gravy.
  • A celery rib. Try to chop it well.

How to Cook?

  1. Take the knife and cut the neckpiece into small pieces. Cut into at least one-inch-sized pieces as many as you can.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a pan or a pot. Pour water into it so that the ingredients are all covered in water.
  3. Turn on the flame and heat the pan until the water starts boiling. Do not boil it at a high flame. 
  4. Whenever you see a foam appearing on it, skim it and lower the flame of heat until the water starts boiling. Pull out the foam whenever you see it over the ingredients.
  5. Keep cooking it slowly. We recommend cooking it for 2 to 3 hours for a better taste.
  6. Pour more water into the pan if you feel water is not fully covering the ingredients.

This chicken gravy is ready to be served. 

Pan Gravy

This is the most delicious and traditional gravy recipe, and you can serve it to more than 50 people. If you are trying this recipe for just 25 people, you can reduce all ingredients to half. 


  • Take hot meat drippings. 1 cup is necessary to have.
  • Flour. Take 1 cup of it. We recommend using all-purpose flour for it.
  • Salt as much as you like to have. At least 1 tablespoon is required to add.
  • Black pepper. Place it in the grinder and get it in fresh powdered form. Take it as much as you want.
  • Meat. 1 gallon is necessary to have. You can also use poultry stock if meat is not available.

How to Cook?

  1. Take out a considerably large saucepan and place it on the stove. Add meat drippings into it.
  2. Drop the salt and black pepper into the saucepan. Stir it well and let it cook for almost 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Start pouring the poultry stock into the saucepan. Keep on stirring it. Use a wire to stir it properly.
  4. Keep cooking it on a low flame. We recommend cooking it for 2 to 3 hours for a better taste. Turn off the stove when you see it getting thick and smooth.

This delicious recipe is ready to be served. 

This recipe has many other variants as well. These variants include Giblet Gravy, Onion Gravy, and Seasoned Gravy. Let’s have a look at them quickly.

Seasoned Gravy

Just add 1 pound of carrot slices, 1.5 cups of onion that is fully chopped, and a 0.5 cup of evenly chopped celery into the meat. Heat it until these vegetables get soft. Now add some flour to it. Wait until the consistency of the gravy gets thicker. 

Onion Gravy

Take some onion and cut it into fine slices. Now fry it in oil so that it turns brown. Drop this crunchy onion with the meat while cooking.

Giblet Gravy

Just chop a quarter of cooked giblets and add it with other ingredients.

These variants are very delicious to try. We bet everyone will love this recipe, and you will win their hearts.

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Savory Cream Gravy

If you are craving a creamy gravy, this recipe is just perfect to follow. This recipe makes almost 1 gallon of gravy, and you can serve this amazing meal to more than 50 people.


  • 1 ¾ quarts chicken stock, homemade or canned.
  • 1 large-sized carrot. Try to cut them fresh and in fine slices.
  • Green onions. Try to chop them well.
  • 1.5 teaspoons of nutmeg. Ground nutmeg is preferable to use.
  • 2 medium pieces of garlic. Chop them properly.
  • Basil leaves. 2 cups of dried basil are necessary to have.
  • 7 cups of all-purpose flour are enough to make a thickened gravy.
  • 2 cups of pure water.
  • ¾ cup of soy sauce is needed to give it a sour yet tasty flavor.
  • Milk. Take at least 2 cups of milk.
  • 2.5 cups of cream. Sour cream is usually preferred.
  • A celery rib. Almost 4 oz of celery is required. Try to chop it well.

How to Cook?

  1. Place the celery leaves, finely chopped green onions, and garlic into the pot and cook it until it gets soft. Remember, it must not be cooked on a high flame.
  2. Now, sprinkle basil leaves, nutmeg, and flour over the items into the pot and mix them well.
  3. Start adding all other ingredients into the pot and stir it continuously until you see the gravy is getting thick.
  4. Now mix the sour cream in it. We do not recommend boiling it. 

If you love having a creamy gravy for a big family get-together, this is the best recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep gravy from separating?

Using arrowroot or cornstarch can keep gravy from separating. 

How do you know when gravy is ready?

If the gravy in the pot is getting thick, then this is the time when gravy is ready.

Final Words

We have shared one of the best recipes for cooking the gravy, and you can serve this delicious meal to your loved ones.

If you still have any questions, do let us know, and we would love to answer them for you.