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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jmkasprak User ID: 2880256 65161
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."

lclbkm User ID: 2384476 207196
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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