Thanksgiving without gravy is like the 4th of July without potato salad or Halloween without candy corn. It’s just not right. Gravy may not be the centerpiece on Thanksgiving day, but without it there is a massive hole in your little foodie heart. And let’s face the facts: gravy from a packet or jar is just NOT the same. Real Thanksgiving day turkey gravy should be homemade from the turkey drippings, just like Grandma has made for years! Here’s how to do it:
Start with a stick of butter in a large sauce pan. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper on top and begin to melt it over medium to low heat.
Pour your turkey drippings and juices into a liquid measuring cup. You need 2 cups total, so if you are a bit short make up the difference with chicken broth. You can make this recipe with all chicken broth, but that rich gravy flavor comes from the turkey fat itself.
As the butter begins to melt, slowly add in 1/4 cup of flour, constantly whisking it. Essentially, you are making a roux that will thicken your turkey gravy. Heat this for about 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Continue to stir the gravy as you pour in the turkey drippings. As you continue to cook the gravy it will slowly thicken. Stir continuously for several minutes until the gravy has reached your desired thickness. I use the spoon test to determine when mine is done. If it smoothly coats the spoon, it’s ready. If you like your turkey gravy thinner, just add more chicken stock.
Pour the gravy into a gravy boat and serve! Homemade turkey gravy isn’t going to get easier or more delicious than that! Gravy is always the last item I make for the dinner table because it tastes fresh off the stove, but if necessary, you can leave the gravy on the lowest heat setting to keep it warm while you pull the rest of Thanksgiving dinner together.
Do you have your turkey recipe yet? If not, try this Tuscan Style Roasted Turkey that has just 3 easy steps. And don’t forget the mashed potatoes! Try these Creamy Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes that have a secret ingredient that makes them irresistible! Happy cooking y’all!
Traditional Homemade Turkey Gravy
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 2 cups turkey drippings or chicken broth
- 1/4 cup flour
- Slowly melt the butter over medium to low heat in a medium sized saucepan.
- Sprinkle in the ground pepper.
- As the butter melts, pour in the flour and whisk continuously to make a roux. Cook 2 minutes.
- Slowly add in the turkey drippings or broth. Whisk constantly while it thickens.
- Cook 3-5 minutes or until gravy reaches desired consistency.
- Serve immediately.