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5 Best Gravy Recipes for Thanksgiving Turkey

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Turkey with white wine and pepper gravy

Turkey with white wine and pepper gravy

Every Turkey Needs a Little Gravy

Let's face it. Turkey can always use a little extra flavor. Even Cajun-style deep-fried turkey benefits from a good gravy. The good news? Gravy is super easy!

1. White Wine and Pepper Gravy

The best gravy depends on your tastebuds, but this one's my fave.

After you taste this gravy with turkey, you'll never settle for anything less. The slight tanginess pairs well with turkey, and mashed potatoes, too, if you have them.

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 5 min Ready in: 10 min Yields: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • ½ c sherry or other dry white wine
  • 1½ c turkey drippings (make up any shortfall with chicken stock)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary, or 1 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • ¼ c water

Directions

You'll be juggling several things as the meal comes together. Save yourself some stress and prep the ingredients before you're ready to start the gravy.

  1. Fill a 2-cup measuring cup with ½ c sherry. Fill the remainder with turkey drippings. Scrape the bottom of the roasting pan for browned bits and seasonings (called the fond). Trust me, you want the fond. If the drippings don't top off the measuring cup, fill the remainder with chicken stock.
  2. Add salt, pepper, and rosemary.
  3. In a separate cup, mix the cornstarch and water to make a slurry.

While the turkey rests:

  1. Pour the white wine mixture in the pan.
  2. Stir the corn starch slurry to be sure it's dissolved in the water. Add it to the pan and mix well.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
  4. Stirring constantly, boil for 1–2 minutes or until thickened.

General Gravy Notes

To Boil or Not To Boil

Some gravy connoisseurs call for cooking gravy at medium-low heat for 5–10 minutes until it thickens. I learned gravy with the boiling method. It thickens more quickly and tastes just as well. If you prefer no boiling, however, then lower the heat and adjust the cooking time.

'Tis the Seasonings

In most cases, my seasonings in these recipes are simple. That's because I assume you're using the turkey drippings, with are probably well seasoned, depending on how you prepared your turkey. If you're using broth instead, you can add rosemary and sage and maybe thyme, garlic powder, or onion powder to the gravy. (Regardless of the broth, extra seasonings are totally optional.)

Now, without further ado, more recipes!

Creamy white wine and mushroom gravy

Creamy white wine and mushroom gravy

2. Creamy White Wine and Mushroom Gravy

This version is creamier, earthier, and less tangy. Which one's better? Try them both and decide yourself.

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 10 min Ready in: 10 min Yields: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ lb fresh cremini, portabello, or button mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour, all-purpose
  • ½ c sherry or other dry white wine
  • 1 c turkey drippings (make up any shortfall with chicken stock)
  • 1 c milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Fill a 2-cup measuring cup with ½ c sherry. Add 1 c turkey drippings. Scrape the bottom of the roasting pan for the fond. If the drippings are less than 1 cup, fill the remainder with chicken stock. Set aside.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in olive oil until deep brown, about 5–6 minutes. Set mushrooms aside.
  3. Melt butter over medium heat.
  4. Whisk in flour, making a smooth paste. Mix in salt and pepper.
  5. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 3–5 minutes, or until the roux is golden brown.
  6. Add the turkey drippings and milk slowly, whisking thoroughly to eliminate any lumps.
  7. Add mushrooms.
  8. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  9. Stirring constantly, boil for 1–2 minutes or until thickened.

3. Light Brown Pepper Gravy

This classic gravy works well with turkey or any other poultry. The recipe doesn't include wine. (Save the wine for drinking.) Instead, the mild recipe pairs well with turkey, and mashed potatoes, too, if you have them.

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 5–6 min Ready in: 10 min Yields: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour, all-purpose
  • 2 c turkey drippings (make up any shortfall with chicken stock)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Fill a 2-cup measuring cup with turkey drippings. Scrape the bottom of the roasting pan for the fond. If the drippings are less than 2 cups, fill the remainder with chicken stock. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Whisk in the flour, making a smooth paste. Mix in salt and pepper.
  4. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 3–5 minutes, or until the roux is golden brown.
  5. Add the turkey drippings slowly, whisking thoroughly to eliminate any lumps.
  6. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  7. Stirring constantly, boil for 1–2 minutes or until thickened.

4. Brown Gravy

This is a quick and easy, no drippings required. As one of the easiest gravies, this versatile recipe works with turkey or beef—or just ladle it over mashed potatoes.

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 5–6 min Ready in: 10 min Yields: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour, all-purpose
  • 2 c beef broth
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce (optional)

Directions

  1. Melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in flour, making a smooth paste. Mix in salt and pepper.
  3. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, for 4–5 minutes, or until the roux is golden brown.
  4. Add broth slowly, whisking thoroughly to eliminate any lumps.
  5. All onion powder, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce.
  6. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  7. Stirring constantly, boil for 1–2 minutes or until thickened.
White gravy over biscuits

White gravy over biscuits

5. White Gravy

The simple gravy is perfect with biscuits. Or fried chicken. Or sausage. Or . . . look, this gravy works with just about anything.

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 5 min Ready in: 10 min Yields: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp flour, all-purpose
  • 2 c milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Whisk in flour, making a smooth paste. Mix in salt and pepper.
  3. Over medium heat, add milk slowly, whisking thoroughly to eliminate any lumps.
  4. Bring to a low boil.
  5. Stirring constantly, boil for 1–2 minutes or until thickened.

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