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If you’ve ever considered buying a gravy boat, then talked yourself out of it because you might only use it once or twice a year, it’s time to rethink this handy little vessel. Yes, a gravy boat is perfect for serving the turkey gravy at Thanksgiving dinner, but these spouted servers have so many uses beyond the brown stuff. In fact, you can make use of a gravy boat pretty much all day. Use it for coffee creamer and maple syrup in the morning. Or stylishly serve salad dressing and pasta sauce at dinner. You can even use it for chocolate sauce and creme anglaise when it’s time for dessert. Whatever sauce you plan to pour, here are the best gravy boats for the job.
Le Creuset has perfected the art of durable, colorful cookware, and its enameled cast-iron Dutch ovens are beloved among home cooks at all levels. But the brand also produces a wide range of cooking tools and serving dishes, including this glazed stoneware gravy boat.
It’s not insulated, but because it’s made of a thick, sturdy stoneware, it will help keep gravy and sauces warm longer than something made of thinner material. It is relatively small, as far as gravy boats go, but it won’t take up too much room on the table, and because of the wide opening, it’s easy to refill as needed. Like most of Le Creuset’s products, this comes in a variety of fun colors, as well as classic white, and it can withstand both hot and cold temperatures; it’s microwave, dishwasher, oven, broiler, and freezer safe.
This insulated gravy boat isn’t going to win any style awards; it looks like a stainless steel thermos with a handle and spout—because that’s basically what it is. But if you’re traveling for Thanksgiving dinner or need to hold the temperature of gravy (or some other sauce or liquid) and maintain the ability to pour it, this is your best bet. While this insulated gravy boat is supposedly dishwasher safe, some reviewers have had issues after running it through the dishwasher, and it’s best to wash double-walled items by hand, anyway. If 16 ounces isn’t big enough, a similar model is available in a 32-ounce size.
In theory, gravy boats with electric warming pads are a fabulous idea—especially if they’re cordless. In reality, these gadgets are usually pretty cheaply made, and often the heating element doesn’t last beyond a few uses. They also don’t look so great on a beautifully set Thanksgiving table. This warming pitcher from Orvis eliminates the need for electricity in an incredibly stylish serving vessel with a genius design. To keep the contents of the little 10-ounce porcelain pitcher warm, simply pour boiling water into the top of the handle. The hot water fills a reservoir between the two ceramic walls and keeps your gravy or sauce warm throughout the entire meal. When you’re done, stick it in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
If you just want to keep your gravy a little warmer a little longer, and don’t want to put what looks like a thermos on your dinner table, a lid is an easy solution. This gravy boat from Red Barrel Studio has an easy-open hinged lid and a fairly long spout that makes for mess-free pouring. Clean lines and a simple design keep it from feeling stuffy, while a shiny stainless-steel finish helps it blend into a more formal table setting. Though stainless steel, this gravy boat shouldn’t go in the dishwasher (and definitely not in the microwave or oven).
This white porcelain gravy boat has a more vertical, pitcher-style body than traditional gravy boats—which means it not only looks cool, but you also don't have to worry about the included ladle (also porcelain) tipping over the edge and falling out. While the design feels modern, it also looks like it could have been made by hand on a pottery wheel (it wasn't, but your guests don't have to know that). Because this gravy boat is oven safe up to 225 degrees, you can keep your gravy or sauces warm until it’s time to serve, and you can also safely put this in the microwave, freezer, and dishwasher.
This modern white bone china gravy boat is proof that gravy boats don’t have to be stuffy, formal, or ornate. And because it’s so large (it can hold a whopping 32 ounces of gravy, sauce, or even soup!) it’s perfect for large dinner parties or hosting a crowd for the holidays. With clean lines, a simple design, and an extra-wide opening, it’s easy to clean by hand—though it’s also dishwasher and microwave safe. Both versatile and stylish, you’ll probably find yourself reaching for this gravy boat far beyond Thanksgiving.
Unless you want to spend upwards of $300 on an antique or your grandma held onto her fancy serving dishes for you, it’s hard to get your hands on a sterling silver gravy boat these days. Luckily, you can still get an heirloom-quality metal gravy boat without downgrading to restaurant supply-issue stainless steel.
This handmade Italian pewter gravy boat from Match mixes the vintage charm of traditional silver with cleaner design for a slightly more modern (yet still very elegant) serving vessel. And unlike sterling silver, you don’t need to polish pewter—but you should dry it thoroughly and immediately after every wash to avoid spotting. It’s the smallest gravy boat on this list as it holds only eight ounces, but at this price, style trumps function, right? (Plus, it’s easy enough to refill as needed.)
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