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 pairing with Roast Turkey and Homemade Biscuits when feeding friends and family on Thanksgiving!
Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe
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 turkey 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 turkey gravy.
Combined with the turkey 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.)
Turkey Gravy without Giblets
This recipe is simple and doesn’t require giblets from your whole turkey, so feel free to discard those when prepping your roast turkey.
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.
How to Make Turkey Gravy from Drippings
- Use a large spoon to skim the fat off the surface of the drippings, reserving 4 tablespoons which you’ll place in a large saucepan. Also, reserve 1 cup of the drippings.
- 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!
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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 1/2 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.
- ring 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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