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So Simple Turkey Gravy
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

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!

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
  1. 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.)

  2. 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.)

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 

  5. 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.

Recipe Notes

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