Turkey Gravy

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Are you ready to elevate your holiday feast to the next level of deliciousness? Look no further than our Homemade Turkey Gravy recipe. This simple, yet tasty dish will be the perfect finishing touch to your roast turkey. Not only is it incredibly easy to make but it also adds a burst of rich, comforting flavor to your holiday meal. Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, a special occasion, or even just a fun dinner at home with the family, this turkey gravy will become an instant hit at your table.

The aroma alone will make your mouth water, and once you taste it, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought gravy again. Plus, the beauty of this recipe is that it’s versatile and suitable for any occasion. If you’ve ever tasted a dry turkey, this gravy will erase all of those memories with the first bite!

Why You’ll Love Turkey Gravy

  • Easy and Approachable: Making turkey gravy might sound intimidating, but fear not! Our recipe simplifies the process, ensuring that even novice cooks can achieve delicious results. With clear step-by-step instructions, you’ll be a gravy-making pro in no time.
  • So Much Flavor: This turkey gravy isn’t just any gravy; it’s packed with the robust flavors of turkey, sage, and a hint of onion. The combination is a mouthwatering combination that perfectly complements your holiday turkey. Never underestimate what fresh herbs and spices can bring to the table.
  • Ideal for Various Recipes: Turkey gravy isn’t limited to being a side dish. It can enhance a wide range of recipes, from mashed potatoes to open-faced turkey sandwiches. The possibilities are endless, making it a must-have for any potluck dinner. With everyone bringing different dishes, this delicious gravy can be what ties everything perfectly together.
  • Comfort Food at Its Best: There’s something inherently comforting about homemade gravy’s rich, texture and savory taste. It’s like a warm hug for your taste buds, making it a favorite for both kids and adults.
  • Impress Your Guests: When you serve up a turkey with homemade gravy, your guests will be in awe of your culinary prowess. It’s the secret ingredient that takes your holiday meal from ordinary to extraordinary.

What You Need To Make Turkey Gravy

  • Measuring cups/spoon
  • Large stock pots
  • Stove

Ingredients You Need to Make Turkey Gravy

  • Turkey neck, gizzards, bones
  • Garlic clove head
  • Onion
  • Fresh thyme
  • Sage stems
  • Kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Bay leaves
  • Cornstarch 
  • Water
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground sage
  • Black pepper
  • Onion powder

How To Make Turkey Gravy

  1. In a large stock pot, add the following ingredients all of your turkey stock ingredients listed above along with some water up to about 1 inch from the top of the stock pot.
  2. Place the pot on low heat and bring it to a low boil. Cook for 2 hours. If the water is reduced in the pot by half during this time, add more water. This should be reduced to approximately 6-8 cups or half of a large stock pot.
  3. Turn off the heat and allow the stock to cool on the stove. Once cooled, strain out the liquid, discarding the solids.

Making the Turkey Gravy

  1. In a large stockpot over medium heat, add the turkey stock, ground sage, kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, and drippings from the turkey.
  2. Cook this mixture for 30 minutes.
  3. While the turkey gravy is cooking, prepare a cornstarch slurry by mixing 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/2 cup of water.
  4. After 30 minutes, add the cornstarch slurry to the stockpot.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes or until the gravy has thickened.
  6. Taste the gravy and adjust the seasoning if needed with more salt or pepper.
  7. Enjoy!

Commonly Asked Questions:

Can I make this turkey gravy in advance?

Absolutely! You can make the turkey stock in advance and freeze it until you’re ready to use it. When it’s time to make the gravy, simply thaw the stock and follow the remaining steps.

What if I don’t have fresh sage or thyme?

While fresh herbs add a wonderful depth of flavor, you can use dried sage and thyme as a substitute. Just reduce the amounts to about half a teaspoon each, as dried herbs are more potent.

Can I use chicken stock instead of turkey stock?

While turkey stock complements the flavor of the turkey drippings best, you can use chicken stock as a substitute if needed. It will still be delicious!

How long does homemade turkey gravy last in the fridge?

Homemade turkey gravy can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days. Reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

Turkey Gravy

This gravy requires some prep work, but the finished recipe is so satisfying.
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Course: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Calories: 164kcal

Equipment

  • Measuring cups/spoon
  • Large stock pots
  • Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 4 cups turkey stock
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch 1/2 cup of water to make a slurry
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground sage
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • Drippings from the turkey

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot over medium heat, add the turkey stock, ground sage, kosher salt, black pepper, onion powder, and drippings from the turkey.
  • Cook this mixture for 30 minutes.
  • While it’s cooking, prepare a cornstarch slurry by mixing 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/2 cup of water.
  • After 30 minutes, add the cornstarch slurry to the stockpot.
  • Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes or until the gravy has thickened.
  • Taste the gravy and adjust the seasoning if needed with more salt or pepper.
  • Enjoy

Nutrition

Serving: 1tbsp | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 4905mg | Potassium: 1233mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 41248IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 160mg | Iron: 2mg
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We know that you’ll love this Homemade Turkey Gravy recipe because it’s a simple yet incredibly flavorful addition to your holiday table. Its versatility means you can enjoy it with various dishes, making it perfect for potluck meals filled with different dishes. 

Whether you’re a beginner cook or a seasoned chef, this gravy will impress your guests and elevate your meal to new heights of flavor. So, don’t wait for a special occasion – try making this turkey gravy today and experience the joy of homemade comfort food!

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