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Making my Turkey Gravy Recipe all comes down to a few simple ingredients and 10 minutes! You can make this easy turkey gravy recipe with drippings or without, and it's guaranteed to be a rich and creamy addition to your holiday table. Or, just when you feel like enjoying an aromatic turkey gravy over mashed potatoes!
Gravy Recipe for Turkey
One of the recipes I look forward to the most over Thanksgiving is my homemade turkey gravy. There is nothing quite like an aromatic, herby gravy poured over tender turkey and creamy mashed potatoes! Honestly, I pour it over everything - including the stuffing.
You can make an easy turkey gravy in just a few minutes on the stove without buying canned gravy or any kind of gravy mix, and trust me, it is so much better. All you need is a handful of simple ingredients, including drippings from the turkey and turkey stock.
Once you try making turkey gravy from scratch using my recipe, you won't ever want to buy pre-made again gravy again. It's just too good not to make it this way every year!
Turkey Gravy Ingredients
- Turkey drippings
- All-purpose flour
- Turkey stock
- Parsley (optional)
Turkey Gravy from Stock
I recommend making turkey gravy with drippings, but you can make turkey gravy with stock and no drippings if you don't have any. Turkey stock makes a true turkey gravy, but chicken stock or even vegetable stock will also work.
However, if you aren't using drippings, it's best to add a fat to the gravy, such as butter. In place of the drippings, use 4 Tablespoons of butter to make turkey gravy.
I love making my own turkey stock and show you how to do it!
Making Turkey Gravy
- Set a medium saucepan over medium-low heat on the stove and add the turkey drippings. Heat until heated through (not boiling).
- Once the drippings are warmed up, add flour. Mix until completely combined and thick.
- Pour in the stock, stirring constantly. Let the mixture heat for a couple more minutes until it starts to thicken - keep stirring!
- Remove from the heat once combined and thickened to your liking. Taste and adjust carefully with salt and pepper, if necessary. Sprinkle with parsley when serving, if desired.
Homemade Turkey Gravy Tips
- To make gluten-free turkey gravy, use cornstarch instead of flour.
- Add fresh thyme and parsley for flavor if desired. Other fresh herbs, like rosemary, work well as well!
- If you're using dried parsley, mix it in so it simmers with the gravy. Use about 1 teaspoon of dried parsley.
- You can make turkey gravy without drippings, but it will need an element of fat. Use 4 Tablespoons of butter if making this recipe without drippings.
- Turkey stock makes a true turkey gravy. However, if you don't have any on hand, you can also use chicken broth or stock, or even vegetable stock.
Turkey Gravy Recipes FAQs
The secret to making the best turkey gravy is to start with a roux, and to use fresh turkey drippings or homemade turkey stock. Using drippings adds so much flavor to the gravy you miss out on when using packaged stock. Both are delicious, but drippings make an extra special gravy!
You can make gravy using either flour or cornstarch, though flour-based gravies hold up to refrigeration better than those made with cornstarch and tend to reheat more evenly. However, for making gluten-free turkey gravy, cornstarch still makes great gravy and is a perfect choice.
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Turkey Gravy Recipe
- 1 medium skillet
- 4 Cups Turkey Stock
- ¼ Cup Turkey Drippings or 4 Tablespoons butter
- ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Fresh Parsley to taste, optional
- Set a medium saucepan over medium-low heat on the stove and add the turkey drippings. Heat until heated through (not boiling).¼ Cup Turkey Drippings
- Once the drippings are warmed up, add flour. Mix until completely combined and thick.¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
- Pour in the stock, stirring constantly. Let the mixture heat for a couple more minutes until it starts to thicken - keep stirring!4 Cups Turkey Stock
- Remove from the heat once combined and thickened to your liking. Taste and adjust carefully with salt and pepper, if necessary. Sprinkle with parsley when serving, if desired.Salt & Pepper, Fresh Parsley
- Turkey drippings will already have seasonings from the turkey, and stock is already salted, unless you bought low-sodium stock. So, you don't want to add salt or pepper until after you finish cooking the gravy and can adjust it to taste.
- Chicken stock or vegetable stock work as well rather than turkey stock.
- To get rid of any stubborn clumps, use the back of a spoon to flatten them out and mix them in. You want to dissolve the flour completely before adding the stock.
- You can use 4 Tablespoons unsalted or salted butter in place of drippings if necessary.
- It’s important to remove the gravy before it fully thickens as it will continue to cook a bit once removed from the stove.
- It’s important to keep stirring once you add the stock or it will congeal on the top.