Recreating the Magic: A Step-by-Step Guide to Miller & Carter’s Famous Beef Dripping Gravy

As a home cook and food blogger, I’m always seeking out recipes for restaurant favorites to recreate at home. One dish that I continually crave is the beef dripping gravy from popular UK steakhouse chain Miller & Carter. With its deep, beefy flavor and luscious texture, this gravy is the perfect complement to any cut of meat.

In this article, I’ll share my tried and tested method for making beef dripping gravy at home that mimics the Miller & Carter version. You’ll learn

  • The key ingredients that give this gravy its signature flavor
  • Step-by-step instructions for making the gravy
  • Tips and tricks for getting the texture just right
  • Serving suggestions to make the most of your gravy

Let’s dive in and unlock the secrets to making this sensational gravy!

The Essence of Miller & Carter Gravy

So what makes Miller & Carter’s beef dripping gravy stand out from the crowd? A few key ingredients and techniques:

  • Beef dripping – This rendered beef fat provides a rich, meaty flavor. Use high quality dripping.

  • Shallots and garlic – Aromatic alliums provide depth of flavor. Cook them low and slow.

  • Red wine and port – Boozy additions layer in complexity.

  • Meaty bits – Bits of steak amplify the beefiness.

  • Simmer and reduce – Long, slow reduction concentrates flavors.

  • Thickeners – Starches give the luscious texture. Use minimal amounts.

With the right process, we can recreate that drool-worthy gravy at home. Now let’s get cooking!

Step-by-Step Instructions for Beef Dripping Gravy

Follow these steps to make beef dripping gravy worthy of Miller & Carter:

Prep the aromatics

  • Peel and finely dice 2 large shallots
  • Mince 3 cloves of garlic
  • Optional: Mince a small bit of steak, around 80g

Cook the aromatics

  • Melt around 50g beef dripping in a saucepan over medium heat
  • Add the shallots, garlic, and optional steak
  • Cook for 4-6 minutes until nicely browned

Deglaze and simmer

  • Pour in 80g red wine and 20g port
  • Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits
  • Let booze simmer until reduced by half, around 2-3 minutes

Make the gravy base

  • Pour in 500g beef stock and remaining beef dripping, around 50g more
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer
  • Cook uncovered for 30 minutes to reduce and intensify

Thicken the gravy

  • Strain out the solids and return liquid to the pan
  • Whisk in a teaspoon of xanthan gum or cornstarch slurry
  • Simmer for 1-2 minutes as it thickens up

Finish and serve

  • Season to taste with salt, pepper and a splash of vinegar
  • Drizzle over steak, chops, roasts or sausages!

And that’s it – rich, luscious beef dripping gravy that’s a dead ringer for the Miller & Carter version!

Tips for Smooth, Full-Flavored Gravy

To get the tastiest results, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use a wide, heavy-based pan to allow for reduction.

  • Take the time to cook the shallots and garlic slowly – don’t burn them.

  • Simmer the gravy uncovered so it can reduce properly.

  • Skim fat from the beef stock for a clearer gravy.

  • Add pan drippings from roasted meat to amp up flavor.

  • Whisk in thickeners gradually to avoid lumps.

  • Season with restraint – the flavors should shine through.

Put in the effort and you’ll be rewarded with gravy as good as the steakhouse!

Serving Suggestions for Beef Dripping Gravy

A stellar beef dripping gravy like this deserves to shine in some drool-worthy dishes:

  • Generously ladled over a perfectly cooked ribeye steak

  • Served alongside roast beef with crispy roast potatoes

  • Spooned over cottage pie or shepherd’s pie

  • Paired with sausages, bacon and mash for an ultimate British feast

  • Drizzled over meat pies, pasties or sausage rolls

  • Served as a sauce for braised short ribs or oxtail

This versatile gravy complements almost any meaty main. Get creative and use it to elevate your next meal!

Arthurs Beef Dripping Cooking Steak


What is beef dripping sauce made of?

Ingredients. INGREDIENTS: Water, Cabernet Sauvignon (6%), Cornflour, Beef Dripping (3%), Beef Extract, Yeast Extract, Caramelised Sugar, Salt, Balsamic Vinegar [Wine Vinegar, Concentrated Grape Must], Beef Fat, Demerara Sugar, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Black Pepper, Thyme.

Do any supermarkets sell beef dripping?

Britannia Beef Dripping 250g | Sainsbury’s.

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