How to Make Turkey Gravy

Make your bird holiday-ready with this savory turkey gravy recipe. In just five simple steps, you'll have a topping for your potatoes and turkey your guests won't be able to resist. The key to our perfect turkey gravy is using the flavorful drippings from your cooked turkey.

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Learning how to make turkey gravy is an essential part of preparing a delicious holiday meal. The perfect time to start your gravy is while you're waiting for your turkey to rest before you carve it. Your finished bird should sit outside the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, so you'll have plenty of time to complete the five easy steps of this turkey gravy recipe.

Pouring broth into a roux to make turkey gravy

Step-by-Step Turkey Gravy

  1. Use the turkey drippings: After moving the turkey to a cutting board, pour the pan drippings from your roasting pan into a large glass measuring cup or fat separator. Be sure to scrape the browned turkey bits from the pan into the cup, they're full of flavor.
  2. Skim the fat and reserve: Skim and reserve the fat from the drippings. Pour 1/4 cup of the fat into a 2-quart saucepan. Discard any remaining fat.
    • Tip: If you don't have 1/4 cup fat from your drippings, add melted butter to make 1/4 cup.
  3. Make a roux: Stir in 1/4 cup all-purpose flour to your fat.
  4. Cook the turkey gravy: Add enough reduced-sodium chicken broth to the remaining drippings in the measuring cup to equal 2 cups total liquid. Gradually add the broth mixture to the flour mixture in the saucepan, while whisking to keep the roux smooth. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Then cook and stir 1 minute more.
  5. Serve and season the gravy: Strain the gravy into a serving dish. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.


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