Turkey Gravy

turkey gravy

It’s Thanksgiving time and that means horrible dry turkey that is only edible once slathered in turkey gravy! I kid. Your turkey doesn’t have to be dry; follow this butter-injected turkey recipe to see. But, dry turkey or delicious, having a gravy-boat-load (or several) of turkey gravy on the table is very necessary.

Pour that stuff on your classic mashed potatoes, your cornbread dressing, your rolls or biscuits with abandon! I mean, abandon all thoughts of holiday pounds gained and your butt becoming one with the turkey fat. Abandon all hope, ye who enter here — into this vat of awesome gravy you’re gonna wanna dip your toes in to.

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Turkey Gravy Recipe – Printable


Turkey Gravy

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


  • 1 quart turkey or chicken stock (can be storebought)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 cup sherry, white wine or apple cider
  • Turkey or chicken giblets (heart and gizzards, halved)
  • 1/2 cup pan drippings (add butter to make up the difference)
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1/3 cup flour


  1. minutes to an hour before turkey is done, combine stock, bay leaf, thyme, sherry and giblets, if using, in a pot and bring to boil. Crack the lid and simmer 30 minutes (or longer if you like) until giblets are cooked. Turn off heat and set aside.
  2. Remove turkey from roasting pan to rest while you make the gravy. If there are roasted vegetables in the pan, remove them and add to stock pot. Bring stock pot up to simmer.
  3. Place roasting pan with drippings over two burners on medium heat. Add butter if necessary to make up a 1/2 cup of drippings. Saute shallot until soft and browned, about 90 seconds.
  4. Add flour and cook the roux until browned, about 1 minute.
  5. Strain half the stock into the roux and whisk until smooth. Add remaining stock and whisk. Bring gravy to simmer while you finely chop the giblets.
  6. Simmer gravy 5 minutes or until thickened. For a silky gravy, strain back into stock pot before adding diced giblets.
  7. Serve gravy hot, or refrigerate for up to 3 days before using.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 124

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  1. Melissa on November 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Do you skim off any of the fat from the drippings before making the roux? Thanks! I’m going to make the gravy your way this year. It looks deeeeelicious.

    • Hilah on November 25, 2014 at 10:19 am

      Hi Melissa,
      Nope! The fat is necessary to make the roux. As long as there’s not more than what the recipe says, the flour will absorb the fat and you will have a nice gravy. Greasy gravy happens when there is too much fat for the amount of flour.
      Happy Thanksgiving!

      • Melissa on November 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm

        Oh that is very good to know. I’ve had greasy gravy and also gravy that doesn’t taste like anything. Your amounts of everything are a big help. Happy turkey day to you too! Enjoy it with the new family member 🙂

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