No Thanksgiving is complete without delicious, homemade Turkey Gravy. This recipe includes instructions on how to make turkey gravy with or without pan drippings.
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Picture this…it’s Thanksgiving, you killed it in the kitchen, the table is set, your family is on their way over, and you made the most delicious turkey. Everything is ready. But really it all comes down to one thing.
The gravy makes or breaks the turkey. No pressure right? Don’t stress, I’ve got you covered with this easy and delicious turkey gravy. So don’t even think about getting one of those premade gravy jars. Homemade turkey gravy is so much better.
This Turkey Gravy recipe packs a lot of flavors! This is due to the layering of flavors — sautéed veggies, fresh thyme, bay leaves, turkey stock, and Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine. All of these flavor elements together make for the best, most flavorful, savory turkey gravy that I’m sure will be the highlight of your holiday table.
I love using Holland House Cooking Wines in my recipes because they give a flavor boost to any dish. I get so many compliments on my turkey gravy recipe and I have to credit Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine. Their Sherry Cooking Wine gives my gravy recipe a flavor boost that is just spectacular.
COOK’S TIP – Turkey Gravy:
- Swap out ½ cup of broth in any savory recipe for Holland House Cooking Wine to give it a nice flavor boost!
This gravy recipe is easy to make, let me show you how!
Turkey Gravy Recipe Questions Answered:
How do you darken turkey gravy?
One easy way to darken your turkey to provide a richer look is to brown flour in a pan with equal amounts of butter and flour. You can use 1-3 tbsp of butter and flour to darken the gravy. Lightly brown the mixture and then whisk it into the gravy.
Can you freeze turkey gravy?
Yes! If you are not going to use it all, you should definitely freeze it so you do not waste all that goodness. Store it in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container and stick it in the freezer.
How do you separate turkey fat from drippings?
- To separate turkey fat from drippings grab a Ziploc bag, some scissors, and two bowls.
- Now strain the drippings into a bowl.
- Pour the liquid from the bowl into the Ziploc bag.
- Seal the bag securely and turn the bag upside down.
- Then, hold the bag over the bowl so one corner is facing down.
- Using the scissors cut a small hole in the corner of the bag. The broth will come through the hole in the bag into the bowl.
- After most of the broth has poured through the bag, pinch the hole in the bag shut and place the bag over the second bowl.
- Next, open the hole in the bag and let the remaining fat pour into the second bowl.
How to Make Turkey Gravy – RECIPE VIDEO:
- To make gravy first strain drippings from the turkey with a fine-mesh strainer. Let the liquid sit for 15 minutes, then scrape fat from the surface of the liquid. Keep 3 tablespoons of turkey fat and reserve turkey drippings.
- In a large pan add turkey fat until simmering and then add the vegetables cooking them until they are soft for about 5 minutes.
- Next, sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook, stirring constantly, until flour is absorbed into the liquid for about 1-2 minutes.
- Whisk in reserved turkey drippings, whisking constantly, until thickened about 60 seconds. Then whisk in stock and then wine until combined.
- Next, add bay leaves and bring to simmer, and simmer until thickened. Season gravy with salt and pepper to taste. Then, pour through a fine-mesh strainer and discard solids.
- Finally, stir in chopped thyme. Pour gravy into a serving dish and serve.
Need a great turkey recipe to go along with this gravy? Then check out my delicious and easy Turkey Brine and Roast Turkey recipe!
What readers are saying about this recipe:
This sounds like a great gravy recipe. I’ve never thought to saute some veggies and build up the flavors in my gravy just as I would when making soup. Thank you for this great tip!
This is a great recipe – love all the flavoring and what you’ve got going on here from the veg to the sherry.
COOK’S NOTE – TURKEY GRAVY RECIPE:
- If you plan on making the gravy ahead of time or don’t wait to use pan drippings, you can use 3 tablespoons of butter instead of turkey fat. Also, you can use an additional cup of turkey stock instead of turkey drippings.
- If you can’t find turkey stock, then you can use chicken stock instead.
- To round out your holiday table, check out my crescent rolls, simple cranberry sauce, and buttermilk mashed potatoes recipes!
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Cook’s Tools – How to Make Turkey Gravy:
Turkey Gravy Recipe
- 3 Tablespoons fat from turkey drippings see step 1 below or cook’s note for substitution
- 1 small yellow onion about 1 cup, small dice
- 1 carrot small chop
- 1 celery rib small chop
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme
- 5 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup defatted turkey drippings see step 1 below or cook’s note for substitution
- 3 ¼ cups Turkey Stock
- ¼ cup Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine
- 2 bay leaves
- salt and pepper
- 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
- After turkey comes out of oven, strain drippings from bottom of the pan through fine-mesh strainer, discarding solids. Let liquid sit 15 minutes, then scrape fat from the surface of the liquid. Keep 3 tablespoons of turkey fat, and reserve turkey drippings.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat add turkey fat until just shimmering. Add onion, carrots, celery and thyme sprigs; stir frequently and cook until vegetables are softened and edges of onions begin to brown, about 5-6 minutes.
- Sprinkle flour over vegetables and cook, stirring constantly, until flour is absorbed into liquid and turns light golden brown, about 1-2 minutes.
- Whisk in reserved defatted turkey drippings and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 30-60 seconds.
- Whisk in stock, and then whisk in wine until combined.
- Add bay leaves, and bring to simmer, and simmer until thickened and glossy, about 10 minutes. Season gravy with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour through a fine-mesh strainer over a medium-sized bowl, and discard solids.
- Stir in chopped thyme.
- Pour gravy into a serving dish. Serve.
No Thanksgiving is complete without delicious, homemade Turkey Gravy. This recipe includes instructions on how to make it with or without pan drippings.