Ham Gravy From Drippings
Sometimes when I make a ham, I forget to make gravy afterwards. I get to focused on putting all the food on the table. But when I make ham gravy, it is so good. This gravy works well, when you are baking a ham that is delicious and juicy, like a oven baked honey ham, orange glazed, cherry glaze or brown sugar bourbon glazed ham.
Serve your ham gravy over slices of ham and on your mashed potatoes.
You can serve your baked ham along side your turkey dinner. It’s ok to have two gravy’s – one for your ham and one for your turkey as they are two different meats.
Making Gravy From Baked Ham Dinner
You want to make a delicious ham gravy. You will want to cook the gravy on medium heat, until the gravy thickens.
To make it easy, I would remove the ham from the roasting pan so you can drain the ham drippings out of the pan. You can return the ham to the pan for slicing and plating on your serving platter.
The ham drippings will have all the delicious flavors from the basting you did while it was cooking. If you did a brown sugar, honey ham, or cooked your ham with pineapple, the drippings will have all of that flavor.
What Kind of Gravy Do You Serve With Ham?
That’d be ham gravy, of course! It’s made from the drippings from the ham as it cooks. It’s important to cover the pan, to keep the juices from evaporating. Also glazing with a honey glaze or pineapple juice glaze also provides additional liquid to make the gravy.
Make sure you are whisking constantly to remove the lumps of cornstarch. You can strain the gravy if you want, but this will also remove any flavorful bits of ham.
Can I Use Corn Starch Instead of Flour?
You can use either one to thicken the gravy. If you have a flour taste when using flour, you may want to simmer the gravy longer. Be sure you are also whisking the gravy until it becomes thick. When it starts to get thick, it’s done.
Can You Include Ham Drippings?
It is a personal preference on if you put them in your gravy or not. I like to have them in, as you can tell it’s homemade and and all the flavonoids of ham make it better (in my opinion).
Why Is My Gravy Bland?
If you find the ham gravy does not have a rich flavor, you can add salt to taste and then if needed add pepper and taste.
Easy Ham Gravy
- 1-2 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups ham drippings
- 1 teaspoon ground pepper
- Start out by gathering your ham drippings and measuring to see how much you have. The recipe may need to be adjusted if you have less drippings.
- In a pot, add the water and cornstarch.
- Mix together until there are no lumps.
- Add the ham drippings and cook on medium heat.
- Stir in the pepper and bring the gravy to a boil
- Let the mix come to a rolling boil (one you cannot stir down).
- Remove from heat and place into your gravy boat.