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.
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!
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!
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: a roasting pan, a whisk, and if making this recipe gluten free King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Flour.
The good old fashioned way to create thick, delicious gravy with drippings
- 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
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.
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.
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
If needed, season to taste with sea salt and pepper, then smother everything on your plate with this lovely gravy!
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Gravy is the BEST part of Thanksgiving dinner and I love this easy recipe! I’ll have to try it out this year.
Trying this today! Will let you know. Happy Thanksgiving!
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This is so helpful with the step-by-step images! Pinned to make for thanksgiving!
Thanks for the pin!
The drippings are where it is at! This was SO easy and epically delish, thanks!
Love how easy it is to get so much flavor. I’ll be putting this gravy on allllll the things, and not just for Thanksgiving.
All the things! Even the pumpkin pie;)
I love gravy, especially when it’s full of the goodness from the pan drippings! Thank you for this easy guide! So timely for the holidays!
Love gravy with drippings, what a great guide and perfect for the holidays!
This gives me such great memories of my mama on Thanksgiving. I really need to do this more often so I can carry on the family tradition!
Me too! This is how my mom always made it!
Making gravy from scratch is one of those things everyone should know and its awesome that you took time to share the step by step. So helpful, thank you!
I make those from time to time, but love your way of making it as well. Will tr it this thanksgiving
Thanks for the tutorial! Can’t have taters and turkey without gravy!
I look forward to having turkey gravy from the pan drippings all year long! Thanks for all the great tips and directions & for the GF option.
It’s the best!
Can you believe I’ve never had gravy?! Time for that to change.
A Texan that has never had gravy??? No I can’t believe it!
I am seriously blown away by this recipe! Definitely bookmarking 🙂