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Ham Gravy with Cornstarch

How to make homemade ham gravy with cornstarch and drippings. Easy and simple recipe that also happens to be gluten-free.
4.8 from 5 votes
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Course: Sauces & Dressings
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 56kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


  • ARGO Corn Starch, 35 Oz
  • Ouddy 3 Pack Stainless Steel Whisks 8"+10"+12", Wire Whisk Set Kitchen Whisks
  • Pyrex Measuring Cup Set, 4 Pack, Clear
  • Cuisinart MultiClad Pro Stainless Steel 3-Quart Saucepan with Cover
  • Sauce Ladle, Stainless Steel Kitchen Utensil, Mirror Polish & Dishwasher Safe, FDA Approve, 8.67 inch, Rainbow
  • Le Creuset 12-Ounce Gravy Boat, Caribbean


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups ham drippings


  • First, whisk together the water, heavy whipping cream, and cornstarch in a glass measuring cup and set aside.
  • Add the ham drippings or pan juices from the roasting pan, to a medium saucepan, and start to cook on medium heat.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the ham drippings in the pan, and continue whisking and stirring constantly 'til the gravy begins to thicken.*
  • Once your gravy has thickened, it's ready to pour into a gravy crock or gravy boat for serving.


*Depending how salty your gravy is, you may need to add a little extra water to bring that saltiness down. If you add extra water, you'll need to add a pinch of cornstarch, as well, in order to keep a thicker consistency. Always, always, if you're going to add more cornstarch, whisk it together with liquid in a separate dish first to avoid lumps.
Here are a few tips to help prevent lumps in your gravy…
  • It's important to start by mixing together the cornstarch, water, and heavy whipping cream in a small small bowl or glass measuring cup. Whisking this together in the beginning will help prevent lumps in your gravy.
  • Use a whisk to stir your gravy while it's cooking. It’s pretty much a given that you may have a few lumps, but you can minimize them by whisking the gravy.
  • Also, there's no hurry. Take your time to avoid any lumps in your gravy.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 56kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 220mg
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