Easy Homemade Turkey Gravy | Chef Dennis


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Homemade Turkey Gravy couldn’t be easier to make. Using the turkey drippings from the roasting pan and basic pantry ingredients, you’ll make the best turkey gravy you’ve ever had.

Turkey gravy in a small pot with wire whisk

My turkey gravy recipe is easily adaptable and can be made to suit your taste preference. Simple additions of honey, red wine, and herbs can add flavor and depth to your gravy.

Ingredients to make Turkey Gravy

ingredients to make recipe

Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make Turkey Gravy. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”.

Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed up the cooking process, it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish.

Chef Tip:

turkey broth in a glass bowl

*Turkey bones, skin and fat can be used to make delicious turkey stock. Pick up an extra turkey leg or thigh to add to the stock to enhance the turkey broth.

Chicken broth can be used if you don’t have turkey broth.

When spatchcocking the turkey, you can use the turkey back. My Dry Brine Turkey recipe is my favorite and you won’t have the extra bones, but you get better tasting and more pan drippings

How to make Turkey Gravy

roux started in small pan
  • melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • add flour to the melted butter and whisk until well blended
finished roux in small saucepan

Add additional flour to get the shine off the roux. *add it one tablespoon at a time until it thickens and it looks dull rather than shiny.

Allow the roux to cook over medium to medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes to cook the flour. You may start to notice a nutty smell, almost like bread baking.

roux after one cup of turkey stock has been made.

Add two cups of stock to the roux, one cup at a time, whisking until well blended.

sheet pan with turkey drippings
  • Pour off the drippings from the roasting pan
  • To get the most flavor out of the turkey drippings, add one cup of water to the pan and place it on the stovetop over medium heat.
  • Scrape all the tasty bits off the pan and let them mix with the drippings and water.

I didn’t have as much dripping as I usually do for two reasons. I was testing a new recipe for spatchcocking a turkey. Roasting a spatchcocked turkey takes about half the time of conventional roasting, so there weren’t as many drippings as I normally have. The other reason was this was just a test, so I used an inexpensive Butterball turkey (which I deeply regretted) to get a feel for how the recipe would work.

drippings added to the pan

Add the drippings to the turkey gravy, and whisk until completely blended in.

*If the turkey gravy is too thick, you can add more of the turkey stock (or chicken stock).

Turkey gravy in a small pot with wire whisk

Since I didn’t roast the turkey as long as conventional roasting, the drippings weren’t as dark as they would’ve been, since they didn’t have as much time to caramelize.

Recipe FAQ’s

How can I fix gravy that is too salty?

With dry brining, the drippings can be salty. If your turkey gravy is too salty, don’t despair; it’s an easy fix.
Mix a small amount of roux (butter and flour) and add this to the gravy, whisking it in.
Add water (or low-sodium chicken broth) to thin out the gravy. This will help cut the salty taste.

My turkey gravy looks too light

If you like darker turkey gravy, that’s an easy fix. Add a little kitchen bouquet to the gravy. It won’t affect the flavor and will darken the gravy, making it look richer.

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Easy Homemade Turkey Gravy

It couldn’t be easier to make homemade turkey gravy. Whether you use drippings from the roasted turkey or buy ready made turkey or chicken broth. This gravy will take you minutes to make and is so much better than store bought.

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time10 mins

Total Time15 mins

Course: Side Dish

Cuisine: American

Servings: 16

Calories: 36kcal

Author: Chef Dennis Littley

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4-6 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 4 cups turkey broth or chicken broth
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ½ – 1 tsp poultry seasoning or sage optional

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Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan

  • Add the flour to the melted butter and whisk until well blended.

  • Add additional flour to get the shine off the roux. *add it one tablespoon at a time until it thickens and it looks dull rather than shiny.

  • Allow the roux to cook over medium to medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes to cook the flour. You may start to notice a nutty smell, almost like bread baking.

  • Add two cups of stock to the roux, one cup at a time, whisking until well blended.

Deglazing the roasting pan

  • Pour off the drippings from the roasting pan and save for gravy.

  • Add one cup of water to the pan and place it on the stovetop over medium heat. Scrape all the tasty bits off the pan and let them mix with the drippings and water.

  • Scrape all the tasty bits off the pan and let them mix with the drippings and water. Leave this on the heat just long enough to get the bits warm up so they can be scraped easily.

  • Strain the broth and add it to the turkey gravy, whisking in until blended.*If the turkey gravy is too thick, you can add more of the turkey stock (or chicken stock).
  • Taste the gravy and reseason as needed.

Notes

What can I do if my gravy is too salty?
With dry brining, the drippings can be salty. If your turkey gravy is too salty, don’t despair; it’s an easy fix.
Mix a small amount of roux (butter and flour) and add this to the gravy, whisking it in.
Add water (or low-sodium chicken broth) to thin out the gravy. This will help cut the salty taste.

What can I do if my gravy is too light?
If you like darker turkey gravy, that’s an easy fix. Add a little kitchen bouquet to the gravy. It won’t affect the flavor and will darken the gravy, making it look richer.
What can I add to my turkey gravy to enrich the flavor?
I have often added red wine and/or honey to the turkey gravy to add depth of flavor. Start with just a little to see if you like the taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 36kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 14mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 89IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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