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How to Make Turkey Gravy from Drippings

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How to Make Turkey Gravy from Drippings

Thanksgiving and Christmas are all about the turkey, but no matter what your favourite part of these festivities is, homemade turkey gravy is the real star. Turkey gravy can be made in a variety of ways. You can use the giblets inside your turkey – the neck, heart, liver, and gizzards – or you can leave them out and make your gravy with broth only. Our favourite version is a simple, traditional gravy from the roasting pan drippings prepared just minutes before setting all the food on your Christmas dinner table. Drippings are what’s left in the pan after cooking the turkey, including melted fat and any bits of meat that have fallen off. These beautifully browned and flavourful scrapings are a feast for the eyes and the taste buds.

A turkey gravy with drippings is also extremely easy to make. In about twenty minutes, you can go from roux to table with only a pan and a whisk. Impress your guests and add a special touch to your Christmas feast with this foolproof, step-by-step guide to making the most delicious turkey gravy to pour over your mashed potatoes and turkey.

29 November, 2022
Average: 2.8 (4 votes)

serves for


total time

0 HR 20 MIN


Pan drippings from your turkey
Unsalted butter
¼ cup
All purpose flour
¼ cup
2 tsp (chopped fresh)
1 tbsp (chopped fresh)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Step 01

Strain your pan drippings using a fine-mesh sieve. Discard solids and set aside 2 1/2 cups of pan drippings. 

Step 02

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and thyme until lightly browned, about 1 minute.

Step 03

Slowly whisk in the reserved pan drippings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, constantly whisking, until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Step 04

Stir in the parsley. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Looking for secrets from the best in the business? Learn from Gordon Ramsay, Jacques Pépin, Jamie Oliver, Marco Pierre White, and Tom Kerridge how to make the ultimate Christmas gravy.

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