Skip to main content

Make rich, savory Thanksgiving gravy with this easy trick

With these simple tips and tricks, your gravy will be the star of your Thanksgiving table

The condiment of all condiments — Thanksgiving gravy. If you’re anything like me, this deliciously savory sauce is for so much more than just the turkey and mashed potatoes. Every single thing on my Thanksgiving plate tends to get an enormously generous slathering of gravy, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

But perfecting the art of Thanksgiving gravy can be a tricky task. The road is full of many potential pitfalls — drippy and runny consistency, starchy lumps, lack of flavor. We’ve all experienced these little turkey travesties and they’re heartbreaking. Gravy should be nothing short of velvety smooth, rich and savory, packed-with-flavor perfection. So let’s learn how to make that happen.

Related Videos

Turkey gravy tips and tricks

  • For some reason, people are intimidated by making a roux. This is arguably the most flavorful and most effective way to thicken a sauce or soup, and when you have it down, it’s an absolute breeze to make. The trick to getting it right every time is to use equal parts butter and flour, and to make sure the butter is completely melted before adding in the flour. The longer you cook a roux, the more flavorful it will become, just be careful not to take it too far or it may become bitter.
  • Of course, the final flavor of your gravy will mostly depend on the flavors you’ve incorporated into your turkey. If you’ve used a lot of herbs and citrus, those will transfer beautifully to your gravy, so be sure to flavor your bird!
  • Acid is your friend when it comes to gravy. There’s a reason citrus is one of the most commonly used ingredients when roasting poultry. It’s delicious. Be generous in adding lemon (or even grapefruit or orange) juice to your gravy for an added zip of flavor.
  • Your roux should give you a velvety smooth gravy, but if for some reason you end up with lumps, worry not. You can simply strain your gravy through a fine mesh sieve and no one will be the wiser.

Turkey gravy recipe

This Thanksgiving gravy recipe is delicious as is, but it also creates a perfect base for any additional flavors you want to incorporate. If your gravy could use a bit more flavor, simply look to what you used to season the turkey. Adding in the same herbs and other ingredients will help your gravy shine.

Ingredients:

  • Drippings from your roasted turkey
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • Few dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Pour turkey drippings into a large measuring cup and set aside. When the fat rises to the top, spoon off most of the fat and discard. Add enough stock to the measuring cup to equal 4 cups of the stock/drippings combination.
  2. If the roasting pan you used for the turkey will fit on your stovetop, go ahead and place it directly on the stove. If not, scrape all of the leftover brown bits into a large saucepan and place that onto the stove instead.
  3. Melt butter in roasting pan or pot and add flour, stirring until a thick paste (roux) has formed. Cook the roux until it has browned.
  4. Into the roux, add the drippings/stock mixture and whisk until well combined and thickened.
  5. Bring gravy to a boil, then immediately reduce to a simmer, cooking until the gravy has reached your desired consistency.
  6. While the gravy is simmering, add Worcestershire sauce, lemon, salt, and pepper.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!

Editors' Recommendations

A guide to Jamaican food beyond just jerk chicken
Jamaican food is way more than just jerk chicken. Here are some staple dishes from the Caribbean nation
Ackee and saltfish, the national dish of Jamaica.

Jamaican food is often unfairly labeled as being jerk chicken and not much else, but that's hyper-generalizing a rich culinary tradition born in the heart of the Caribbean. Like Cajun food, Jamaican cuisine is a mashup of numerous great cultures, traditions, and cooking styles.

There's a tremendous mix of influences on the Jamaican table, from African cuisine to the culinary ways of places like Portugal, India, Spain, and England. Over the generations, Jamaicans have taken on a lot of these influences and turned them into something entirely distinctive with local ingredients and cooking methods. Come with us on this journey through the colorful variety of Jamaican dishes.

Read more
California has canceled salmon season — here’s why that matters
After years of drought finally fade, Californians are hit with yet another devastating problem
california cancels salmon season 2783933571 0679bafc2c o

For most Californians currently getting pummeled by atmospheric rivers of rain, it's hard to believe there could possibly still be effects of a drought that, right about now, seems like a distant memory. USA Today reports that after all of the recent California storms, data reveals that parts of California are 200% over the historical average for rainfall year to date.

In fact, after decades of California's uncomfortable parch, only 36% of the state is still in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. And while this is obviously welcome news after such a difficult period, there is, of course, a chain reaction after such drastic dryness. One of those reactions is that California has had to cancel its 2023 ocean salmon fishing season.

Read more
Your guide to reducing inflammation: 7 essential tips
Learn about the causes of, and solutions to, inflammation
man talking to doctor diagnosis

Chemical reactions constantly take place in the human body. This is referred to as the biochemical reaction process that is needed to sustain life. It's also known as metabolism, but this is more to do with chemical reactions in the cells that help convert food into energy that the body can utilize to carry out various bodily functions.

Inflammation is an essential biochemical process that has positive and negative effects on the human body. It can be part of the healing process following infection or injury, or it can cause conditions such as arthritis and other autoimmune conditions. But what is inflammation, what causes inflammation, and how can it be reduced in the body?  
What is inflammation?

Read more