Ham 'N' Onion Gravy Recipe

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"I cook for my husband and son, and they love this hearty dish," notes Elsie Epp from her home in Newton, Kansas. A homemade cream gravy is served with hot mashed potatoes and leftover ham for a stick-to-your-ribs meal. "My family always makes short work of this comforting food," she notes.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 thick ham slices (about 1 pound)
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Hot mashed potatoes


  1. In a large skillet, brown ham in oil; remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute onion until tender. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually stir in milk and water. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Serve with ham and mashed potatoes. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Ham 'N' Onion Gravy in Quick Cooking March/April 2005, p48

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Reviewed Nov. 21, 2010

"This was just average for us. We didn't like the big pieces of onions in the gravy, so maybe finely dicing them would be better. I thought the gravy was bland, so I added some beef soup base to give it more flavor. It did come together very quickly."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2009

"A simple, tasty recipe that goes together very quickly. I cubed up the onion and ham and stir-fried it, then added the gravy ingredients. So easy I made it twice in a week when I was rushed for time. Would also make a great topping for leftover baked potatoes!"

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