Homemade Turkey Gravy

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Are you looking for a foolproof recipe for turkey gravy to make your Thanksgiving feast special? Look no further! This easy tutorial will have you making perfect gravy every time. Whether you’re using turkey or chicken stock, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite. So get ready to impress your guests with your fabulous gravy skills! Happy Thanksgiving!

I think it’s safe to say that no matter what your favorite part of Thanksgiving is, a really incredible luscious homemade turkey gravy is an imperative part of the meal!  

Homemade Turkey Gravy from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

It’s the icing on the Thanksgiving “cake”. The thing that brings it all together. That extra oomph of flavor that you can never get enough of. It’s one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving and I have a fool proof recipe that’s going to be your new bff. You’ll be the star of the show with this recipe.

Growing up my sister and I used to fight about who got to sit next to the gravy boat at Thanksgiving. I mean, is that normal? Someone tell me yes! But we just can’t get enough! It’s that extra salty kick that makes everything better. Potatoes. Stuffing. Turkey. Carrots. I mean, the possibilities are endless!

How do you make good gravy? / How to make gravy from scratch?:

Flavor begins with the drippings from the bird – and this herb roasted turkey I’ve roasted the last few years is the best way to start. The drippings from turkey are extra delicious because of herbs like thyme, sage, parsley and more went onto the turkey. Just think of how incredible a few tablespoons of gravy would be over some mashed potatoes! It’s going to be the best Thanksgiving meal yet with this gravy!

Homemade Turkey Gravy Key Steps:

  1. It starts with the drippings from the bird. Pour off the drippings into a measuring up and add chicken or turkey stock to get 4 cups of liquid total and set aside.
  2. Make a roux. Once you’ve got the liquid measured out and set aside, make a roux with flour and butter in a large skillet. Once the roux is golden brown, carefully pour in the drippings / stock mixture. 
  3. Whisk everything together while the liquid continues to boil and thicken until desired consistency. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed! 

How to make Turkey Gravy without drippings?

Not to fear! If you didn’t make your turkey gravy from drippings or if you bought your turkey pre-cooked, just follow the same steps and forget about the drippings but add in some sautéed shallots and garlic before making the roux if you want to give it an extra boost of flavor. Recipe is printed below! 


If you need a little extra help:

here’s a video I did a few years ago to walk you through gravy making step by step! PS – are you thinking of putting this on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means it’s time to start planning your menu. This year, don’t forget the gravy! In this post we’ve shared our favorite tips and tricks for making perfect gravy every time. Follow our step-by-step instructions and you will have the most delicious gravy your guests have ever tasted. So what are you waiting for? Get started now and be sure to let us know how it turns out!

PS – are you thinking of putting this on your Thanksgiving menu? Check out the full What’s Gaby Cooking menu here along with the master prep schedule to keep things organized and on track!

And if you need more Thanksgiving Ideas check out this roundup of 80+ Thanksgiving Recipes and Ideas

Homemade Turkey Gravy from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Homemade Turkey Gravy

5 from 13 votes
I think it's safe to say that no matter what your favorite part of Thanksgiving is, a really incredible luscious homemade gravy is an imperative part of the meal!  
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 People

Ingredients
  

Turkey Gravy with Drippings

  • Turkey drippings from the bird
  • 3 cups chicken or turkey stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour

Turkey Gravy without Drippings

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage (or 1/2 teaspoon dried sage)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary (or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • 2-3 cups chicken or turkey stock

Instructions
 

Turkey Gravy with Drippings

  • Pour the turkey drippings into a large measuring cup and let it rest until the fat comes to the top. Spoon off most of the fat and discard. Add enough stock to the measuring cup to equal 4 cups of stock/drippings combined.
  • Place the roasting pan you used for the turkey on the stove over medium high heat. Add the butter to the roasting pan and scrape up any brown bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the flour to the pan and whisk everything together until you form a roux. Continue to whisk until the roux is a dark brown color and fragrant. Add the stock/dripping mixture to the roux and whisk to combine.
  • Turn the heat to high and bring the liquid to a boil while still stirring. Once the liquid reaches a boil, reduce the heat to medium and stir occasionally until the gravy is as thick as you'd like it.
  • Once the gravy is thick, serve it immediately or keep it over very low heat until you are ready to serve. If the gravy develops a thin film on the top, just give it a quick whisk. Adjust salt and pepper if needed, but be sure to taste first as the drippings can be salty and you might not need any excess salt.

Turkey Gravy without Drippings

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add the shallot and cook until soft, 5 minutes, then stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Stir in herbs and cook for 1 minute. Add the flour and cook until golden brown. Then gradually whisk in 2-3 cups of stock. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat slightly and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes. If the gravy is too thick, add more broth to smooth.

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Prop Styling by Stephanie Hanes // Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

99 Comments

  1. This is the way I make gravy, too, Gaby. I’m curious, though. Why use butter in the roux instead of turkey fat? I use the fat and save the excess. That way I can make more gravy the next day (because we’re a gravy lovin’ bunch).

    1. I use a mixture, that’s why I reserve a tad bit of the turkey fat… but I just like the extra ooomph of flavor that the butter adds 🙂 You could easily do it with the turkey fat too!

    1. So do I .I like the shine and the consistency is easy to get with cornstarch. I used flour for years. So matter of preference.

  2. I am a gravy girl as well!! It is the only time of the year I have it, and this one looks like a sure winner!!! Can’t wait to drown the mashed potatoes!!!

  3. I am so excited !!! Just made this gravy tonight had an early thanksgiving. It turned out Can’t believe it. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. How do you end up with 4 cups of drippings/stock? We always roast a large turkey, but never have more than a little bit of drippings. At most 1/2 cup. Ideas?

    1. my herb roasted turkey recipe has a bunch of lemons in it so they give off a lot of liquid as does the butter herb spread! But – no matter the amount of drippings, you can add stock to make the 4 cups needed for the recipe!!

    2. Bouillon cubes with water will make the stock and a little few drippings will also go in the measure cup for the base of the gravy.

  5. We are doing a belated thanksgiving this weekend and I am looking for a gravy that did not use the liver/heart/etc – this is perfect! However, I am used to having white wine in my gravy. Do you think I could use a cup of wine and the rest stock to make this? Thanks!

  6. I followed the directions and it turned out great! ..I.will use this recipe from now on, Thank You for sharing..

  7. Hi Gaby.
    I’ll be using an oven bag and won’t have any of the goodies that get stuck to the bottom of roasting pans. 🙁
    What would you suggest in place of?
    Thanks!!
    Beth

    1. Hi Beth!

      I haven’t done a turkey in an oven bag before – so I would say if you don’t have dripping, you could saute some garlic, butter, shallots and dried herbs in place of that!

    2. I used an oven bag today and had plenty of dripping to mix with the stock! We just got done cleaning up and all of our family and friends commented on how good the gravy was!

  8. I Iove to make gravy every holiday or dinner night its called for and i cant wait to try your recipe! I will keep you updated later and let you know my outcome. Happy thanksgiving and thank you much so for sharing.

  9. My daughter googled homemade turkey gravy at the last minute yesterday and this is what she found. We gave it a try and it was awesome! It definitely will be used time and time again in my house!

  10. Gaby….you say to skim off the turkey fat and reserve but then you make the roux with butter. When do you use the turkey fat???? Thanks!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  11. This is the best gravy recipe! I used it last year and this year for Thanksgiving and I always get compliments. Even my Mom asked me for the recipe and she’s been making her own for 50 years! Next year I think I’ll have to try your whole Thanksgiving day menu.

  12. I made this last night. It was amazing. I truly have to say this is the best recipe for making gravy delicious and easy. Thank you so much. I will never use another recipe but this one.

    -Konnie

  13. This will be my first time ever in my 30 years of cooking turkey that I don’t use my mother’s gravy recipe – leave all the drippings in the pan, add in the giblet & vegetable water, followed by adding in flour & water (shaken together in a jar!) However, it never seems to come out right, in that it’s either too greasy or flavorless, with more time being spent trying to improve the consistancy &/or taste! For the first time ever I’m breaking tradition & will try your recipe as clearly, others have made it with great success, I’m really excited about trying something new & will let you know how it turns out! Happy New Year, Gaby!

  14. Hi! I am trying this gravy recipe! My only concern is we used a dispensable pan to cook the turkey in…..my husband is concerned it will catch the house on fire, I told him that was silly as we used it in the oven!! I hope I am right!

  15. Thank you Gaby! I get so stressed about the gravy! I have to make mine GF. Would you suggest using GF flour or cornstarch?
    I plan to make everything on your list! Thanks for making it so approachable!

  16. Gabby I’m with you when it comes to the Turkey gravy. My grandmother taught me how to make gravy at 10yrs old, and my mother also, That is the best way to make any gravy I think I only make homemade gravy even with making any roast too.And I make a great cream spinach, it’s been in my family for over 80yrs. And We only make it for hoiidays..Hope your Houldays are blessed ones, Thanks again for seeing this recipe it just brought great memories to me..Marie

  17. Made this last year and it was amazing but we have a large family so I needed more. Can you double this or will it dilute the amazing flavor too much?

  18. 5 stars
    This was the best gravy I have ever had. Definitely going to make this again and again and again. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe.

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