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Easy Turkey Gravy Recipe

This Easy Turkey Gravy recipe is made with fresh turkey drippings, turkey stock and delicious herbs making it perfect for holiday feasts! Serve with Baked Turkey Wings, Slow Cooked Turkey and Cornbread Dressing.

A wooden spoon lifting gravy

While you can definitely buy turkey gravy for your Thanksgiving or holiday spread, there are pros to making it from scratch. The flavor is so wonderful, and it is definitely worth your time.

What Is Gravy?

At its core, gravy is a thickened sauce made with a base of cooked meat drippings. But I have to say, it is so much more than that!

Clear bowls with butter, flour, seasonings, stock, drippings and herbs

Easy Turkey Gravy Ingredients

  • Turkey Drippings — You will get the most flavor from this in your gravy.
  • All-Purpose Flour — The base of this recipe is a roux which is part fat and part flour.
  • Turkey stock — You can make homemade which is very similar to my Chicken Stock or you can buy from the grocery store to save time.
  • Unsalted Butter — I selected unsalted here because we are getting salt in the turkey and stock so we want to cut down additional sodium.
  • Herbs (Rosemary, Thyme) — I suggest rosemary and/or thyme potentially. You can add as little or as much as you prefer.

How to Make It

Roux being stirred in a cast iron skillet
  • START WITH THE ROUX – We start by heating the drippings and then we whisk in the flour and continue to allow it to cook consistently whisking until it turns golden.
  • ADD STOCK – Whisk in the stock and continue to cook until it thickens to a consistency you like.
Gravy with butter being melted into it
  • SEASON IT UP! – Add butter, salt and pepper and herbs to turn this into a masterpiece.

Tips And Tricks

Make sure you consistently whisk while making the roux to make sure you don’t burn it. This is crucial.

You also want to continue whisking when you add in your stock to make sure you have a lump free super smooth gravy. Definitely labor intensive but crucial!

A large glass gravy boat filled with turkey gravy ready to serve

Reheating Instructions

To reheat, add gravy to a pot over low heat and whisk to make sure it stays smooth. You can add a bit more stock if it is too thick.

You can also store in the fridge until you want to enjoy.

A wooden spoon lifting gravy
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Turkey Gravy

This Easy Turkey Gravy is made with fresh turkey drippings, turkey stock and delicious herbs making it perfect for holiday feasts!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Author Jocelyn Delk Adams

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp turkey drippings
  • 1 1/2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup turkey stock
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • rosemary and/or thyme if desired

Instructions

  • Heat fat in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Whisk in flour, ensuring it browns without burning, for about 5 minutes until golden brown.
  • Gradually whisk in stock, cooking for 3-4 minutes to thicken. Turn off heat and stir in butter, stirring constantly to prevent sticking.
  • If too thick, thin with additional turkey stock, 1 tablespoon at a time. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Remember to whisk continuously while adding flour to fat, and add liquid slowly to avoid lumps.

Notes

To reheat, add gravy to a pot over low heat and whisk to make sure it stays smooth. You can add a bit more stock if it is too thick.
You can also store in the fridge until you want to enjoy.

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