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Turkey Gravy from the Drippings

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Makes 2 cups or 500ml

Sauce Type:

Turkey Gravy

About the Recipe

You are cooking for a festive occasion, like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. You have a turkey coming out of the oven. All your side dishes are done. Now, it’s time to make the gravy. Let me share with you a quick and easy Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey gravy recipe. By making the gravy using the turkey drippings, you will not only save time, but also have a gravy that is naturally loaded with rich delicious flavors. Turkey with gravy is known to be a delightful combination but when your gravy holds the authentic flavors of the turkey you just cooked, the combination is heavenly.


  • 2 cups or 500ml of Turkey Stock (or your cooking liquid of choice)

  • 3 tbsp or 25g Butter

  • 3 tbsp or 25g Flour

  • Dash of Salt and Pepper to Taste


1. Cook the turkey on a backing tray (preferably with a rack). Remove the turkey and place the baking tray on a burner (or two) over low to medium heat.

2. Add the turkey stock to the pan.  Use a flat bottom spatula to scrape the bottom and sides of the pan to release the turkey drippings in to the cooking liquid.   Once the drippings are incorporated into the liquid remove the pan from heat and strain the cooking liquid into a glass bowl or fat separator.

3. Add butter (or the fat separated from the turkey dripping cooking liquids) to a sauce pan over medium heat.  When the butter is melted add the flour and whisk it all together.  Cook for roughly 10 minutes over medium heat until the roux (butter and flour mixture)  is blond in color.

4. While whisking pour the turkey dripping liquid into the pan.   You can either use the fat separator and keep the fat out of the gravy or you can add the fat to the gravy.   Cook for 5-10 minutes or until the gravy is as thick as you like.  Occasionally skim the top of the gravy to remove any foam/impurities.

5. Taste the gravy to see if you need to adjust the seasoning – add salt and pepper as needed.

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