This is just the absolute Best Turkey Gravy Recipe. Made with drippings from your roasted turkey, it takes only a few other ingredients like butter, flour, black pepper, and veggies! Perfect for pairing with Roast Turkey and Homemade Biscuits when feeding friends and family on Thanksgiving!
Yesterday I shared with you my no-fail Thanksgiving Roast Turkey Recipe so of course today we have to cover the gravy! This is the best turkey gravy recipe I’ve ever tried, made the old school way and worth every moment you spend on it!
How to Make the Best Turkey Gravy
This easy gravy starts with turkey drippings: the juices and liquid left in the bottom of the pan after roasting your turkey. The drippings are packed with flavor and are essential to make the BEST gravy.
Combined with the drippings, a few flavorful veggies and the perfect combination of herbs come together to perfection.
You can make it while the turkey is resting after removing it from the oven so it’s usually the last step in my Thanksgiving cooking schedule (see this post for my printable Thanksgiving planner.)
Step by Step
- First things first, let’s get those drippings! After removing the turkey from the oven, remove the drippings from the bottom of the pan and strain to remove any solids that may have made their way down there. Let the drippings sit for about ten minutes undisturbed to allow the fat to rise to the surface.
- Use a large spoon to skim the fat off the surface of the drippings, reserving 4 tablespoons of the fat, which you’ll place in a large saucepan. Set aside 1 cup of the drippings in a separate container.
- In the saucepan, heat the turkey fat along with the carrots, onion, celery, and thyme. Cook over medium heat until the veggies are soft, about 8 minutes.
- Now it’s time to make a roux! Simply sprinkle the flour over the saucepan and stir it all around so the liquid absorbs it. Keep stirring as you add in the reserved turkey drippings….it should be smelling delicious by now!
- Keep stirring as you cook 3 minutes, then add the turkey stock and bay leaves and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer about ten minutes until it’s nice and thick. After that, you’ll strain out the veggies and salt and pepper to taste. I promise it’ll be the most delicious turkey gravy you’ve ever tasted!
This recipe is simple and doesn’t require giblets from your whole turkey, so feel free to discard those when prepping your roast turkey.
A roux is a combination of fat and flour used while cooking to make a thickened sauce or gravy. A classic roux recipe contains equal parts butter or fat to flour. Roux gravies will continue to thicken as they cool.
It’s easier to thin a gravy than to thicken it, so err on the side of less liquids to start. If your gravy is too thick after adding the roux you can easily thin it by adding a little more stock or broth.
You can omit the vegetables and herbs from this recipe if you prefer. I would simply heat the reserved fat then go straight to adding the flour.
Starting gravy with drippings is ideal but it is possible to use broth or stock only. I highly recommend NOT skipping the herbs and vegetables if you only use broth or stock to avoid a bland gravy.
You can make this gravy gluten free by using a starch slurry instead of a roux. Simply combine 4 Tbsp of cornstarch in the minimum amount of water needed to make a thin paste, about ½ cup. Heat drippings to a simmer, then stir in the slurry and whisk until thickened then add broth to get the desired consistency.
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- Cheddar Chive Mashed Potatoes
- Traditional Corn Pudding
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This is just the absolute Best Turkey Gravy Recipe. Made with turkey drippings from your roasted turkey, it takes only a few other ingredients like. butter, flour, black pepper, and veggies! Perfect for feeding friends and family on Thanksgiving!
- 1 cup turkey drippings, including fat
- 1 large carrot, sliced thinly
- 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 1 celery stalk, sliced thinly
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
- 3 ½ cups turkey or chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- After removing the roast turkey from oven remove drippings from bottom of the pan.
- Strain to remove any solid material and allow to sit 10-15 minutes for fat to rise to the surface.
- Skim fat off the surface with a large spoon, reserving 4 tablespoons of the fat and one cup of the drippings.
- Add turkey fat to a large saucepan and add vegetables and thyme.
- Cook over medium heat until soft, about 8 minutes.
- Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir until flour is absorbed by the liquid to form a roux.
- Continue to cook while stirring an additional 2-3 minutes or until golden in color.
- Add in turkey drippings while continuing to stir constantly. Cook about three minutes (continuing to stir) then add turkey stock and bay leaves.
- Bring gravy to a simmer and reduce heat to simmer for 10-12 minutes or until thickened.
- Strain gravy to remove herbs and veggies and salt and pepper to taste before serving.
- You may substitute butter for turkey fat if necessary and use chicken stock instead of turkey stock.
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