So Simple Turkey Gravy


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So Simple Turkey Gravy

This simply delicious turkey gravy is both lump-free and stress-free! The trick is the roux, a thickening mixture used in French cooking. Just don’t tell anyone how simple it was. They'll think you’re the next Julia Child!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dips and Dressings
Servings: 3 cups


  • 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh sage
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pan drippings from one roast turkey or chicken
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Make a broth reduction: Heat chicken broth, wine and herbs in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, approximately 15–20 minutes. Remove herbs and discard. (Broth reduction may be made up to 3 days ahead and reheated when ready to make gravy.)
  • Make a simple roux to thicken gravy: Melt butter in a medium saucepan, add flour and whisk continually to form a thick roux. Continue stirring until flour is a caramel brown color. (Roux can be made earlier in the day and reheated when ready to make gravy.)
  • Gather pan drippings: Pour drippings from roasting pan into a glass measuring cup or fat separator. Place in refrigerator to cool and allow fat to rise to the top. Use a ladle to remove fat from top (and discard) or use a turkey baster to suction darker pan drippings from the bottom.
  • Add pan drippings to simmering broth reduction. Slowly ladle broth/dripping mixture into hot roux, over medium heat, whisking continually so no lumps form. When all liquid is incorporated stir in granulated garlic and allow gravy to simmer for 5-10 minutes so flour can cook, stirring occasionally. 
  • If gravy becomes too thick simply add some additional chicken broth or water. If it’s too thin, simmer a little longer to reduce. Season to taste with salt and pepper just before serving.


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