Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe

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Learn how to make Homemade Turkey Gravy to complete your Thanksgiving meal. This gravy recipe is so easy, so quick and SO delicious.

Here it is, guys. The piece de resistance. The stuff that really makes your mouth water at Thanksgiving. The liquid gold you want to bathe in. The stuff you’d sell your kids for. Wait, what? I give you the ultimate killer gravy. Believe it or not, gravy is super simple to make and mighty tasty on its own, but especially delicious on potatoes, stuffing, turkey and anything else you want to smother.

A close up of a plate of food, with Gravy

Turkey Gravy Recipe

So remember from this post what you do after you take the turkey out of the oven? That’s right! You let it rest! While the said bird is resting, you can make your Homemade Gravy! All you need are:

  • Pan Juices – this includes the fat and drippings from that purdy golden bird you so perfectly roasted.
  • Flour – this is to thicken the gravy.
  • Chicken or Turkey Stock – if you don’t get enough drippings from your bird, substitute the rest with stock.
  • Salt & Pepper – for flavor.
  • Lemon Juice – to freshen up your sauce. (optional)
  • Green Onions – if you’re feeling fancy.

Love gravy? Check out some of my other gravy related meals: Healthy Turkey Salisbury Steak RecipeThanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf Recipe, Classic Biscuits and Gravy, and this Shepherd’s Pie Recipe.

How to Make Gravy

How to Make Turkey Gravy

All of these increments I’m going to give you are what worked for me. Every turkey will give off different amounts of juice. Also, some people like runny gravy, some like it thick. I tried to land mine somewhere in the middle so you could adjust it easily to how you like it. I’m giving you the method and you and run with it and make it your own.

  1. Pour off all the turkey drippings into a gravy fat separator. Skim off the fat. Return 1/4 cup fat to the roasting pan. If you don’t have enough fat, use butter. Place over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Sprinkle over the flour and whisk to create a paste. Cook 1 minute. Why do we add in the flour over the top of the pan juices and not liquid? This is a great way to prevent lumps. If you sprinkle flour over the top of a bunch of hot liquid, you’ll get lumps.
  3. Whisk in drippings or enough stock to equal 1 1/2 cups. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer, whisking to avoid lumps. After gravy boils, it should thicken up nicely.
  4. Taste and add salt or pepper if desired. Right before serving stir in green onion and lemon juice (optional, but delicious!) Serve gravy warm.
  5. Pour it into a gravy boat, and you are ready for a feast!

 

Ingredients

Gluten-Free Gravy

To make this turkey gravy recipe gluten-free, try using cornstarch instead of flour. This is a super great way to be considerate of guests with eating restrictions but not compromise the taste of the gravy!

Cornstarch is a stronger thickening agent than flour so you aren’t going to be using as much.

Instead of sprinkling on the cornstarch like you do the flour, you are going to make a thin paste. Do this by adding 4 tablespoons of cornstarch to about a 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Dissolve the cornstarch in the chicken or turkey stock and then add the paste to your pan with the fat and whisk away. Then follow directions as normal.

Note: Cornstarch has the tendency to lose thickening power if cooked for too long. If this happens, make another slurry and add it to the mix.

Creamy Turkey Gravy

A super simple way to make your gravy creamy is to add in milk, cream or a combination of both! This creates an extra rich gravy recipe.

To make, follow the directions as normal until you get to adding chicken stock. Instead of adding in all chicken stock replace 1/4 cup of it with your choice of milk product (heavy cream, milk or half & half).

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5 from 10 votes

Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe

Learn how to make Homemade Turkey Gravy to complete your Thanksgiving meal. This gravy recipe is so easy, so quick and SO delicious.
servings 8
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup skimmed fat from drippings or butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour or cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups drippings from the roast turkey see notes
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice optional
  • 1/2 green onion chopped finely
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Pour off all the turkey drippings into a large bowl or liquid measure. Skim off the fat. Return 1/4 cup fat to the roasting pan. Place over medium to medium high heat.
  • Sprinkle over flour and whisk to create a paste. Cook 1 minute. Whisk in remaining drippings. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer, whisking to avoid lumps. After gravy boils, it should thicken up nicely.
  • Taste and add salt or pepper if desired. Right before serving stir in green onion and lemon juice (optional, but delicious!) Serve gravy warm.

Notes

*If you don't have enough fat from your roasted bird, use butter
*If you don't have enough drippings, substitute remaining with chicken or turkey stock.
*This recipe easily doubles! 
*If you would like a thicker gravy, add an extra tablespoon or two of flour
*if you would like a thinner gravy, whisk in more chicken or turkey stock

Nutrition

Calories: 83kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dip, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Thanksgiving
Keyword: How to Make Turkey Gravy, Turkey Gravy, Turkey Gravy Recipe
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28 Responses
  1. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray

    These posts are making me want to eat Thanksgiving dinner every.single.night.

    I need this holiday to come faster!!!

  2. brandi

    gravy is the best thing about Thanksgiving, besides my mom’s fudge pie, pumpkin dump cake, and fresh rolls.

    i think i might have to post about my Mammaw’s ham gravy this year.

  3. Shannon

    Ugh. These recipes are making me so hungry for Thanksgiving food! I really need a good dessert recipe to bring. Will you be doing any Thanksgiving desserts recipes for us this year?

  4. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)

    Absolutely INCREDIBLE photos. Gravy is pretty much my favourite food, so you better believe I am drooling!!!!

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