Easy Turkey Gravy


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This Turkey Gravy Recipe will become your ‘secret weapon’ this holiday season! It is so easy to prepare and the result is a rich, flavorful gravy that will bring your guests back for seconds!

Using a super easy, pre-cooked gravy base/broth along with all those deliciously browned turkey drippings makes the best turkey gravy you have ever tasted! If you’d like to make this extra quick, you can use store bought turkey or chicken broth.

How to Make Turkey Gravy

Don’t stress over making gravy for this year’s festive feast! Crock Pot Stuffing, Green Bean Casserole and No Boil Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes are part of my “holiday survival kit” that keep me sane and happy while I host a houseful of people! An easy turkey gravy recipe is required as well!

You’ll start with a base of turkey broth or stock (either use a from scratch recipe or store bought) stock or broth. If you have any turkey drippings they’ll get added to the base for flavor. The turkey gravy base is thickened, usually with a mixture of cornstarch or flour just before serving.

How to Make Gravy from Turkey Drippings

Once you’ve roasted a turkey, those brown bits and drippings in the bottom of the roaster add a ton of flavor.  Make sure you add a bit of hot gravy base or water to help lift all those delicious bits!

  1. Bring broth to a boil and add any drippings from your turkey.
  2. Thicken with cornstarch or flour.
  3. Add herbs and season.

How to Make Gravy without Turkey Drippings

For those of you who perhaps purchase a pre-cooked turkey or just want the gravy, you DO NOT need turkey drippings to make a delicious gravy! When you start with a great Turkey Stock (or Broth), all you need is your choice of thickening agent and you are set!

Follow the directions for making gravy and just leave out the part about adding the drippings. The gravy will be delicious just the same.

How to Thicken Gravy

You can use either cornstarch or flour to thicken your gravy. You may need a bit more or less than called for in the recipe based on how much drippings are in your pan.

With either one you will need to create a slurry, this just means mixing the thickener with water/broth before adding to the gravy. Whichever you use is personal preference.

How to Make Gravy With Flour

There are a few ways to make gravy with flour, one being a roux and the other with drippings. Place 2 tablespoons flour and 1 cup water or broth into a jar, shake VERY well to eliminate lumps. Whisk into boiling broth + drippings until you reach desired consistency.  Let boil at least 1 minute. Season to taste.

If using flour/water as your slurry, place it in a jar and shake well.  This will help make sure you don’t get lumps in your gravy!

How to Make Gravy With Cornstarch

Mix equal parts cornstarch and water or broth. Whisk into boiling broth until you reach desired consistency. Let boil at least 1 minute. Season to taste with salt, pepper and fresh herbs.

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The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Rich savory turkey gravy is easy to make and perfect served over mashed potatoes!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups turkey broth or stock
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary
For Thickening
  • 1/3 cup corn starch
  • 1/3 cup cold water or cold broth
OR
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup cold water or cold broth

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Instructions

To Prepare Gravy With Flour
  1. Combine 6 tablespoons flour to every 2 cups broth or water and shake in a jar with a lid (I prefer broth!).

  2.  Add to gravy base while whisking until thickened. Let boil 1 minute. 

  3. Stir in fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving. 

To Prepare Gravy With Cornstarch
  1. Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl and set aside. Bring prepared broth to a boil over medium high heat. Add any turkey drippings if available (I cook the gravy right in the turkey roasting pan on my stovetop).

  2. While whisking, slowly pour the cornstarch slurry into boiling gravy a little bit at a time. Continue adding until gravy reaches desired consistency.

  3. Stir in fresh herbs and season with salt and pepper to taste before serving. 

Recipe Notes

You may need to create more slurry (cornstarch or flour mixture) based on the amount of drippings/broth and desired consistency.
Most grocery stores sell as "poultry" herb pack which is great in this recipe. If your store doesn't carry it, you can use any fresh herbs you like.  I use a combination of parsley, rosemary, thyme and sage.
Note on nutrition: The nutrition on this recipe may not be accurate and will vary greatly based on amount of fat, drippings etc in your gravy.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 36, Fat: 2g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 12mg, Carbohydrates: 3g, Vitamin A: 4.2%, Vitamin C: 0.3%, Calcium: 0.2%, Iron: 0.3%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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