The Best Turkey Gravy

Roast Turkey and Gravy-1-24I don’t throw the word “best’ out lightly, but this is seriously the best gravy that I’ve ever tasted. You’ll just want to ladle yourself a bowl full of gravy and just eat it like soup. It’s luscious, delicate and has so many dimensions of flavor.

I make this gravy simultaneously with turkey, so it’s best if it’s made together. However, you can certainly replicate it using butter and chicken broth.

Gravy:

1/4 cup turkey fat or butter

1/4 cup flour

2 cups turkey or chicken drippings/broth

This recipe is made together with Roast Turkey, and the turkey fat and drippings that render out while the turkey is roasting in the oven.

Roast Turkey and Gravy-1-10Strain the turkey liquid and the vegetables through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the vegetables to get out as much juice out of them as possible. Discard the vegetables. They did their job. Roast Turkey and Gravy-1Set the turkey drippings aside for about 5 minutes. The fat will rise to the top. If you have a gravy separator, this would be the time to use it. You know me and unitaskers:). I think my measuring cup and a spoon does the job perfectly well. Anyway, carefully spoon the fat into a small saucepan. You should have approximately 1/4 cup of the turkey fat. Roast Turkey and Gravy-1-12If your turkey is on the leaner side, or you’re cooking a wild turkey, add additional butter or oil, to have 1/4 cup. You should also have about 2 cups of turkey liquid, if not, add more broth, to equal 2 cups. You can also add a splash of white wine. I normally add wine to most of my gravies and sauces, but in this case, the gravy is SO flavorful, I don’t think it needs it. Heat up the fat until it’s simmering. Roast Turkey and Gravy-1-13Add the flour and whisk to combine. Roast Turkey and Gravy-1-14Cook for about a minute, to cook off the raw flour taste. Roast Turkey and Gravy-1-15Slowly pour in the turkey liquid, whisking the whole time. Roast Turkey and Gravy-1-16Bring it to a simmer and keep slowly adding more turkey liquid, whisking the whole time. Roast Turkey and Gravy-1-17Simmer the gravy until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Set aside.Roast Turkey and Gravy-1-18

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Serve with mashed potatoes and turkey. You can easily reheat the gravy, if you make it ahead of time. It will thicken significantly with time, so if you’re serving it the next day, you may wish to add more chicken broth to thin it out.

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The Best Turkey Gravy
 
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Recipe type: Miscellaneous
Serves: 2½ cups
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup turkey fat or butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups turkey or chicken drippings/broth
Instructions
  1. This recipe is made together with Roast Turkey, and the turkey fat and drippings that render out while the turkey is roasting in the oven.
  2. Strain the turkey liquid and the vegetables through a fine mesh sieve, pressing on the vegetables to get out as much juice out of them as possible. Discard the vegetables. They did their job.
  3. Set the turkey drippings aside for about 5 minutes. The fat will rise to the top. If you have a gravy separator, this would be the time to use it.
  4. Carefully spoon the fat into a small saucepan. You should have approximately ¼ cup of the turkey fat. If your turkey is on the leaner side, or you're cooking a wild turkey, add additional butter or oil, to have ¼ cup.
  5. You should also have about 2 cups of turkey liquid, if not, add more broth, to equal 2 cups. You can also add a splash of white wine. I normally add wine to most of my gravies and sauces, but in this case, the gravy is SO flavorful, I don't think it needs it.
  6. Heat up the fat until it's simmering.
  7. Add the flour and whisk to combine.
  8. Cook for about a minute, to cook off the raw flour taste.
  9. Slowly pour in the turkey liquid (or chicken broth), whisking the whole time.
  10. Bring it to a simmer and keep slowly adding more turkey liquid or chicken broth, whisking the whole time.
  11. Simmer the gravy until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
  12. Serve with mashed potatoes and turkey.
  13. You can easily reheat the gravy, if you make it ahead of time. It will thicken significantly with time, so if you're serving it the next day, you may wish to add more chicken broth to thin it out.

 

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  1. Iryna says

    Thank you for posting this. Similar to my recipe. It does come out very flavorful. I also add minced mushrooms to add a bit of earthy flavor.

    • says

      Absolutely! I try to make things as easy as possible for big celebrations, and I love that the turkey is already carved and ready to go. There’s usually so much bustle and a flurry of activity right before we bring all the food to the table anyway:).

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