Welcome back to Thanksgiving week! Yesterday I shared with you my no-fail Thanksgiving Roast Turkey Recipe so of course today we have to cover the gravy! This is the best turkey gravy recipe I’ve ever tried, made the old school way and worth every moment you spend on it! It starts with turkey drippings and veggies then made even better with the perfect combination of herbs. You can make it while the turkey is resting after removing it from the oven so it’s usually the last step in my Thanksgiving cooking schedule (see this post for my printable Thanksgiving planner.)
I think you’re going to love this recipe, so I won’t make you wait any longer!Print
Perfect Turkey Gravy
- Prep Time: 20
- Cook Time: 20
- Total Time: 40 minutes
1 cup turkey drippings, including fat
1 large carrot, sliced thinly
1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
1 celery stalk, sliced thinly
3 sprigs fresh thyme
6 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 1/2 cups turkey or chicken stock
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
After removing the roast turkey from oven remove drippings from bottom of the pan. Strain to remove any solid material and allow to sit 10-15 minutes for fat to rise to the surface. Skim fat off the surface reserving 4 tablespoons of the fat and one cup of the drippings.
Add turkey fat to a large saucepan and add vegetables and thyme. Cook over medium heat until soft, about 8 minutes.
Sprinkle flour over the mixture and stir until flour is absorbed by the liquid to form a roux. Continue to cook while stirring an additional 2-3 minutes or until golden in color.
Add in turkey drippings while continuing to stir constantly. Cook about three minutes (continuing to stir) then add turkey stock and bay leaves. Bring gravy to a simmer and reduce heat to simmer for 10-12 minutes or until thickened.
Strain gravy to remove herbs and veggies and salt and pepper to taste before serving.
You may substitute butter for turkey fat if necessary and use chicken stock instead of turkey stock.
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