Learn how to make Homemade Turkey Gravy to complete your Thanksgiving meal. This gravy recipe is so easy, so quick and SO delicious.
Here it is, guys. The piece de resistance. The stuff that really makes your mouth water at Thanksgiving. The liquid gold you want to bathe in. The stuff you’d sell your kids for. Wait, what? I give you the ultimate killer gravy. Believe it or not, gravy is super simple to make and mighty tasty on its own, but especially delicious on potatoes, stuffing, turkey and anything else you want to smother.
Turkey Gravy Recipe
So remember from this post what you do after you take the turkey out of the oven? That’s right! You let it rest! While the said bird is resting, you can make your Homemade Gravy! All you need are:
- Pan Juices – this includes the fat and drippings from that purdy golden bird you so perfectly roasted.
- Flour – this is to thicken the gravy.
- Chicken or Turkey Stock – if you don’t get enough drippings from your bird, substitute the rest with stock.
- Salt & Pepper – for flavor.
- Lemon Juice – to freshen up your sauce. (optional)
- Green Onions – if you’re feeling fancy.
Love gravy? Check out some of my other gravy related meals: Healthy Turkey Salisbury Steak Recipe, Thanksgiving Turkey Meatloaf Recipe, Classic Biscuits and Gravy and this Shepherd’s Pie Recipe.
How to Make Turkey Gravy
All of these increments I’m going to give you are what worked for me. Every turkey will give off different amounts of juices. Also, some people like runny gravy, some like it thick. I tried to land mine somewhere in the middle so you could adjust it easily to how you like it. I’m giving you the method and you and run with it and make it your own.
- Pour off all the turkey drippings into a gravy fat separater. Skim off the fat. Return 1/4 cup fat to the roasting pan. If you don’t have enough fat, use butter. Place over medium to medium-high heat.
- Sprinkle over the flour and whisk to create a paste. Cook 1 minute. Why do we add in the flour over the top of the pan juices and not liquid? This is a great way to prevent lumps. If you sprinkle flour over the top of a bunch of hot liquid, you’ll get lumps.
- Whisk in drippings or enough stock to equal 1 1/2 cups. Bring to boil and then reduce to simmer, whisking to avoid lumps. After gravy boils, it should thicken up nicely.
- Taste and add salt or pepper if desired. Right before serving stir in green onion and lemon juice (optional, but delicious!) Serve gravy warm.
- Pour it into a gravy boat, and you are ready for a feast!
To make this turkey gravy recipe gluten-free, try using cornstarch instead of flour. This is a super great way to be considerate of guests with eating restrictions but not compromise the taste of the gravy!
Cornstarch is a stronger thickening agent than flour so you aren’t going to be using as much.
Instead of sprinkling on the cornstarch like you do the flour, you are going to make a thin paste. Do this by adding 4 tablespoons of cornstarch to about a 1/2 cup of chicken stock. Dissolve the cornstarch in the chicken or turkey stock and then add the paste to your pan with fat and whisk away. Then follow directions as normal.
Note: Cornstarch has the tendency to lose thickening power if cooked for too long. If this happens, make another slurry and add it to the mix.
Creamy Turkey Gravy
A super simple way to make your gravy creamy is to add in milk, cream or a combination of both! This creates an extra rich gravy recipe.
To make, follow the directions as normal until you get to adding chicken stock. Instead of adding in all chicken stock replace 1/4 cup of it with your choice of milk product (heavy cream, milk or half & half).
More Thanksgiving Recipes!
For my nearly full list of Thanksgiving, Recipes check out 101+ Thanksgiving Recipes! But here are some of the classics.
- Wild Rice Stuffing Recipe with Bacon and/or Cornbread Sausage Stuffing
- Perfect Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
- The Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe or Simple Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
- Green Bean Casserole