How to Make Turkey Gravy with Drippings

If you are going to serve gravy, it should be the best gravy, and the best gravy is made from scratch using those turkey drippings! That savory concentrated goodness left in the roasting pan makes the most flavorful gravy on the planet, and it’s easy. So, here’s How to Make Turkey Gravy with Drippings! (full printable recipe below)
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Deglaze That Pan!

After cooking your succulent bird, remove it from the roasting pan, cover with foil and allow to “rest” for 30 minutes before carving. This accomplishes three things: it allows the juices to redistribute, allows the turkey to cool enough to handle and carve, and it gives you ample time to make some top notch gravy! Simply place the roasting pan on your cook top and bring those drippings to a simmer, there should be a little snap crackle and pop going on. Then add some broth and use a spatula to scrape any brown bits from the pan. This is called deglazing.

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Now Thicken it Up!

Now that your pan is deglazed, it’s time to thicken up that gravy. This is accomplished by whisking flour with broth and adding it to the pan while whisking consistently. BTW, this gravy is very easy to make. My husband has never made gravy before but made this gravy while I took photos and it turned out perfectly!

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Keep on Whisking:

As gravy thickens, just keep on whisking. This creates a smooth gravy, but because you’ve scraped the brown bits from the pan, you will get some wonderful, flavorful texture as well. Once the gravy thickens up, you can decide whether or not to add more broth to thin it out or leave it as is. Voila! It’s that easy!

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Making it Gluten Free and Just as Good!

If gluten is not your friend, this gravy can easily be made gluten free. For this recipe I recommend using King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour. You’ll never know the difference and neither will your guests!

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The Recipe: How to Make Turkey Gravy with Drippings

What you need:roasting pan, a whisk, and if making this recipe gluten free King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour.

5 from 12 votes
How To Make Gravy with Drippings
Cook Time
10 mins
resting time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

The good old fashioned way to create thick, delicious gravy with drippings

Course: gravy, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gravy, Thanksgiving, turkey
Ingredients
  • drippings from one 12-16 pound turkey
  • 2 cups turkey broth, separated (you can use chicken in a pinch)
  • 1/4 cup flour of choice (see my gluten free suggestion above)
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. After turkey is removed from the oven, remove from roasting pan, cover with foil and allow to "rest" for 30 minutes before carving. Begin making gravy.

  2. Place turkey roaster with drippings on cooktop, you may need to use two burners. Turn heat to medium, when drippings start to simmer and pop add 1 cup broth to pan. Scrape pan with spatula or wooden spoon to loosen those flavorful brown bits.

  3. Whisk 1/4 flour and 1/2 cup broth until smooth. Slowly add flour mixture to the pan with the drippings while whisking constantly as gravy begins to thicken. Whisk another minute or so. If gravy is perfect, take off heat, you're done! If it's too thick: while whisking add remaining 1/2 cup broth a little at a time until desired consistency is achieved

  4. If needed, season to taste with sea salt and pepper, then smother everything on your plate with this lovely gravy!

 

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Almond Pesto Zucchini Noodles

If you are trying to keep it low carb, honestly, zoodles are a life saver. But plain zoodles can be…well…plain. These Almond Pesto Zucchini Noodles on the other hand are anything but plain. In fact they are loaded with flavor as well is protein and healthy fats!
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The Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook!

This recipe is generously shared with us today by my friend and fellow food blogger Maya, who just published The Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook. For some, the idea of embarking on the Ketogenic diet can seem daunting but Maya makes it seem effortless, sustainable, and incredibly delicious! Her book contains over 100 simple (less than 10 ingredients!) low carb recipes that are so yummy you will find it hard to believe they are Keto. Even if you aren’t living a low carb lifestyle, this book is a must have….just saying you might want to use it as a stocking stuffer this year 😉

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The Recipe: Low Carb, Keto and Vegetarian!

Before ‘going low carb’ Maya often enjoyed a bowl of pasta with pesto sauce. She found this version to be a great substitute and I completely agree! This vegetarian side dish can be served alone or as a side dish to fish, roasted chicken or a nice steak.

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The Almond Pesto:

This recipe calls for a homemade pesto that uses almonds instead of pine nuts. Almonds are less expensive and easier to find so it’s a win/win! These zoodles have an excellent fat to protein ratio for a low carb/keto lifestyle and makes this meal filling enough to be a complete vegetarian meal!

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HOW To Make Zucchini Noodles:

If you are lucky you can find pre-spiralized zoodles in your local grocery store. But if you want or need to make your own, no worries, it’s easy! You can use a hand crank spiralizer, which works very well for soft zucchini and also very budget friendly.

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Or, if you want an even easier method, or if you plan on spiralizing harder veggies like sweet potatoes, you may want to invest in the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer, it’s a dream tool! You can just walk away and let the machine do the work!

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The Recipe: Almond Pesto Zucchini Noodles

Tips and what you need: either a hand crank spiralizer or the attachment for the Kitchen Aid mixer. For more delicious recipes you can order The Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook here.

5 from 9 votes
Almond Pesto Zucchini Noodles

A delicious, easy vegetarian meal or side dish, this recipe from The Wholesome Yum Easy Keto Cookbook is sure to be a low carb favorite!

Servings: 4 cups
Author: Maya Krampf
Ingredients
  • 4 medium zucchini, (1 1/4 pound total) spiralized
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt, divided 1/4 and 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1/3 cup raw almonds (1.7 ounces)
  • 2 cups fresh basil, packed (4 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (1.3 ounces)
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into a few pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
Instructions
  1. In a colander set in the sink, toss zucchini noodles with 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Let sit for 30 minutes to drain. Then squeeze to release more water. You don't have to get every last drop out, just most of it. Pat dry.

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees

  3. Arrange almonds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in oven for 6-8 minutes, until golden and fragrant. Watch them carefully so they don't burn.

  4. Transfer almonds to a food processor. Pulse a few times until the almonds are broken up into course pieces -don't overmix.

  5. Add the basil, Parmesan, olive oil, garlic, pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Pulse off and on, scraping sides occasionally, until you get a pesto consistency. Adjust sea salt and pepper to taste- it should be a little on the salty side, as this will be diluted when you add the zucchini noodles.

  6. In a large sauté pan, heat the avocado oil over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini noodles and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes, until al dente.

  7. Add the pesto and toss to coat. Cook for one more minute until hot. Serve immediately.

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Italian Egg Drop Soup (Stracciatella)

Meals don’t have to fancy or expensive to be delicious and nutritious.Take this Italian Egg Drop Soup (Stracciatella) for instance. It’s simple and lovely and makes the perfect easy lunch, side dish, or light main course for two!
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So Simple…

Usually egg drop soup is a simple bone broth with an whisked egg dropped in. Bone broth is  mineral rich and naturally raised eggs are high in protein and healthy fats. You can use your own homemade chicken broth, BUT if you would prefer to use store bought I recommend using  Kettle & Fire Chicken Bone Broth because it is made with top notch ingredients and has incredible flavor.

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Italians… I Love Them!

Leave it to the Italians take this simple  two ingredient soup up a notch by adding rich flavorful Parmesan cheese. I love Italians. And quick meals. This thick, rich, filling soup takes about five minutes to make!

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Variations:

If you wish to make this light soup a little more substantial you could add rotisserie chicken, cooked pasta or croutons. We like to garnish ours with chives from the garden and toasted pine nuts. If you would like to see more variations of egg drop soup, click here.

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The Recipe: Italian Egg Drop Soup for Two!

What you need: a good quality pot and sea salt.

Italian Egg Drop Soup ( Stracciatella)
Prep Time
1 min
Cook Time
4 mins
 

A simple, quick, and budget-friendly meal

Course: dinner, lunch
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: easy dinner recipe, egg drop soup, soup, vegetarian
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • For garnish: chopped chives and toasted pine nuts if desired
Instructions
  1. In a small pot bring chicken broth to a boil, add whisked eggs and stir. Allow to simmer for 1 minute

  2. Take off heat and pour into two bowls, add half the cheese to each bowl and stir

  3. Garnish with chives and pine nuts if desired

 

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Apple Tart a la Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce!

A little heart shaped dessert to share…or not. This warm Apple Tart a La Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce isn’t overly sweet and it’s pretty darn easy to make, making it the perfect dessert for two…or one super selfish person…
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How To:

To keep this little dessert simple, we use a pre-made 9″ store bought crust. We love the gluten free, all butter crust from Whole Foods Market, but of course you can use your favorite pie crust. Simply cut crust into the shape of a heart, then layer it with apples cooked in butter and your choice of maple syrup or organic brown sugar, then fold in the edges of the crust and bake!

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The Easy Caramel Sauce:

While the tart is in the oven, we add a little cream to the pan with the melted butter butter and warm maple and whisk to create a caramel sauce to drizzle over the ice cream! That’s it! Use your favorite ice cream, or if you are feeling a from scratch vibe you can use our Vanilla Bean No Churn Ice Cream!

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The Recipe: Apple Tart a La Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce!

Tips and what you need: a cookie sheet, parchment paper, a good knife and if you want to make your own ice cream, take a look at our vanilla bean ‘no churn’ ice cream!

5 from 1 vote
Apple Tart a la Mode with Easy Caramel Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
 

A simple apple tart made with 9" store bought pie crust shaped into a heart! Each crust makes one tart for two to share.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple tart, dessert for two, easy dessert recipe, gluten free
Servings: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 1 pre-made 9" frozen pie crust, thawed, I use a gluten free all butter crust from Whole Foods Market)
  • 1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
  • 1/4 cup organic light brown sugar or real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 large granny smith apples, peeled and thinly sliced 1/8"
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 Tablespoons walnut pieces
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place oven rack in center position. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper

  2. Dust counter with flour

  3. Remove thawed pie crust from pan, if it keeps it's shape just lay it flat on prepared counter, if it doesn't,  shape into a ball with your hands and roll dough into an oval shape at least 8" wide

  4. Use a knife to cut into the shape of a heart, set on parchment covered cookie sheet (note: I free hand the heart shape, but you could also fold parchment in half, draw half a heart, cut and unfold, then use as a template...think elementary school days:)

  5. Place heart shaped dough on parchment covered cookie sheet. Set aside.

  6. Set a pan on cooktop on medium heat. Add butter, allow to melt, add brown sugar (or maple syrup) and cinnamon, stir until sugar is melted

  7. Add apples and cook until soft (4-5 minutes)

  8. Use a slotted spoon to remove apple slices leaving as much butter/melted sugar in pan as you can

  9. Arrange apple slices on pie crust, starting on the outer edges and spiraling your way to the center, leaving 1" around the edges bare. Fold the edges over making a bit of a frame around your heart. Bake for about 12 minutes or until pie crust is cooked.

  10. When tart is ready, take out of oven, allow to cool for 4-5 minutes. While tart cools: reheat the butter/sugar mixture remaining in pan on low heat. When melted, add cream to pan and whisk until it turns into a nice caramel. Turn off heat.

  11. After tart has cooled, add a scoop of ice cream to the center of tart, add walnuts, and spoon caramel sauce over ice cream and apples. Serve!

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Roasted Carrot and Brown Rice Salad!

There’s a new salad in town, and I’ve been making it a lot. Like ‘three times a week a lot.’ It’s downright swoon-worthy for so many reasons, not the least of which is how beautiful it is! Feast your eyes on the Roasted Carrot and Brown Rice Salad with White Balsamic Vinaigrette and Spicy Pepitas!
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Gourmet But So Easy!

This salad has it all. If you’ve read my “How to Make an Amazing Salad” post you’ll notice I followed my own ‘salad making tips’ by giving this salad texture, color, flavor and warmth! I use tender baby greens, warm roasted carrots and brown rice, then add some spicy pepitas for a little kick!

The Pepitas: Make Them Yourself or Buy Them!

It’s fall y’all. I just had to toss some pumpkin seeds in this recipe! These aren’t ordinary pumpkin seeds though. They are drizzled in lime, tossed in cayenne, chili and other spices then roasted in the oven. You can make your own following the recipe below or if you are lucky enough to live near a store that sells spicy pepitas you can buy them. They are also available online (<—Amazon affiliate link)

The Dressing:

This stunning salad is tossed in a simple white balsamic dressing. It’s ‘barely there’ but makes all the difference by ramping up the flavor of each ingredient. I will offer my two favorite white balsamic vinegars, you can choose which best fits your budget. My first pick is always Prelibato White Balsamic vinegar from Italy. You may get lucky and find it in a store, but I almost always have to buy online. Second choice, O California White Balsamic. (<—Amazon link) I find this one in many stores and it’s a little easier on the wallet.

Put It All Together:

Savory, sweet, and spicy with a blend of textures, this salad is a must make! It’s perfect for every occasion or no occasion at all. Add rotisserie chicken to make it a complete meal or serve alongside my Citrus and Herb Roast Chicken or Steak Au Poivre.

 

The Recipe: Roasted Carrot and Brown Rice Salad!

What you need:  a good knife, a great sea salt, and parchment paper (to cover cookie sheet). You will also need white balsamic vinegar. My first pick is always Prelibato White Balsamic vinegar from Italy. You may get lucky and find it in a store, but I almost always have to buy online. Second choice, O California White Balsamic.

5 from 15 votes
Roasted Carrot and Brown Rice Salad!
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

This salad has texture, flavor, and is visually stunning. A favorite salad any time of year!

Course: Salad, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cilantro lime rice, roasted carrots, salad, side salads
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
Spicy Pepitas
  • 1 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • ¼ teaspoon   black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/4  teaspoon  cayenne pepper
  • 1/2  teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2  teaspoon  ancho chile or chili powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2  Tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
For Salad:
  • 1/2 cup brown basmati rice cooked to package instructions
  • 8 medium carrots, peeled and thinly sliced on the diagonal (1/8" thick)
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups baby greens
  • handful spicy pepitas (store bought or recipe included here)
  • 2 teaspoons chopped chives (optional as garnish)
Salad Dressing:
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • pinch sea salt and a few turns freshly ground pepper
Instructions
Make Pepitas:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place oven rack in center position

  2. Place all ingredients together in a bowl, toss and then spread on a cookie sheet. Bake, shaking pan once or twice, until lightly browned, 6-8 minutes

  3. Remove from oven and turn heat up to 400 degrees and move oven rack to the upper third position. Set pumpkin seeds aside to cool

For Salad:
  1. Start cooking rice to package instructions

  2. After slicing carrots, place on a parchment covered cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper, toss

  3. Place carrots in oven and roast until carrots are soft and edges are browned. (usually between 30-40 minutes. While carrots and rice cook, make salad dressing.

Salad Dressing Prep:
  1. Whisk all ingredients together and set aside

Put it all together:
  1. When rice and carrots are cooked allow a little time for them to cool. They can be warm, but not hot.

  2. Place greens on platter, drizzle with desired amount of salad dressing and toss. Top with rice, carrots and pepitas, toss again. Sprinkle with additional sea salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with chives (if using) Serve

  3. Save extra pepitas in a sealed container and use as desired

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