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My mom was the master of simple meals. With three kids running around and a full-time job. I don’t think we ever ate anything that took longer than thirty minutes to cook. One of the meals I dreaded the most growing up was “hamburger gravy over toast.” Whenever she said we were having this, it took everything I had not to cry. See, my family was one that didn’t allow you to have something different if you didn’t like what was being served.

You ate what was there, or you didn’t eat. It took me many years to warm up to this dish, and now that I am a busy mom myself, I look forward to making it for my family. I have one daughter that wasn’t too keen on it, so I suggested trying it over potatoes or rice instead. What a game changer!

Now that I make it like this, there are never any complaints from the table. I have even changed the way that I eat it now. It’s good any way really. It’s also super simple and affordable. You can’t really go wrong.

Recipe courtesy of Nutmeg Nanny. Photo credits to Kelli’s Goodies.

To Make this Recipe You’Il Need the following ingredients:


1 pound ground beef

1 small yellow onion, diced

Kosher salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

5 tablespoons Land O’ Lakes unsalted butter

6 tablespoons Gold Medal flour

2 cups whole milk

Bread, toasted


Set a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and onion to the skillet. Season lightly with kosher salt and black pepper. Break up the meat as it cooks and cook until it’s brown in color and no pink remains. Drain the meat and set aside.

In the same pan as you used to brown the meat, set it over medium heat and add the butter. Melt the butter and sprinkle in the flour and whisk together until it forms a paste. Let it bubble slightly and cook for about a minute.

Slowly stream in milk and whisk until thick. This might take a few minutes to get the gravy as thick as you like.

Add cooked beef and onion to the white gravy mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Feel free to add more flavor by sprinkling in crushed red pepper, garlic powder or fresh herbs.

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