6 servings (serving size: about 1/4 cup)

This light-colored gravy pairs nicely with pork, veal, or poultry. Quick-mixing flour, a chef's ingredient that has been around for years, dissolves in hot liquids without lumps. Look for it on the baking aisle of your grocery store.

How to Make It

Step 1

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add fennel and garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine; cook 1 minute. Add stock and thyme; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids.

Step 2

Return reserved liquid to pan. Gradually add flour and salt, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute or until slightly thick, stirring constantly with a whisk.

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