Turkey Gravy with Drippings

Silky & savory turkey gravy with drippings is the perfect sauce for your roasted turkey and mashed potatoes.

Turkey gravy with drippings is perfect to top your Slow Cooker Roast Chicken or Roast Turkey or sop up with a fresh batch of Potato Rolls.

Turkey gravy with drippings in a gravy boat

The perfect Turkey gravy

You just can’t have roasted turkey without gravy!

Am I right? They simply go together. Now when you are in a pinch, it’s quick and easy to use a packet or gravy mix. But really, if you’ve gone through all of the trouble of roasting a mouth-watering turkey, then why not make the gravy from scratch? 

The best way to do this is to use all of those delicious drippings left in the roasting pan. These drippings are FULL of flavor and are perfect for whipping up a silky sauce.

For a perfect turkey gravy with drippings, you really need two things: drippings and a roux. A roux is a flour slurry used to thicken the sauce. Now if you don’t want a lumpy sauce, there are a few extra steps. But either way, this gravy is dipping perfection! Now just whip up your favorite mashed potatoes, you will not be disappointed.

Turkey drippings in a pot

How to make turkey gravy with drippings

DRIPPINGS. For a smooth gravy, pour ¼ cup of the drippings from the roasting pan into a medium saucepan. (For a gravy with more texture, you can leave the turkey drippings unstrained.)

ROUX. Finish making the roux by adding ¼ cup flour to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until smooth.

BOIL. Whisk the 2 cups of turkey broth into to the saucepan. Bring the gravy to a boil stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add the salt and pepper and adjust seasonings to taste before serving.

simmering turkey gravy in a pot on the stove

Recipe Tips

Gravy can really tie the whole meal together and so you want to make sure you get it just the right way you want it. 

  • Too Lumpy: After you have mixed up the gravy and decide that it is too lumpy, simply strain it through a wire mesh sieve.
  • Too thick: Mix in a little more broth to thin it out.
  • Too Thin: Remove ¼ c of the gravy from the pan and mix in 1 tablespoon of flour. Once it is smooth return it to the main gravy and stir. Repeat if desired.
  • Taste as you go: This will not only help with flavor, but also the texture. Another thing to note here is that if you cooked a brined turkey you will not need as much added salt. Give it a taste and adjust accordingly. 
  • Whisk it good: For the most smooth gravy you will need to babysit it and whisk it all along the way. 

How much to make: Not everyone will want gravy. In my experience most children pass and about ½ of the adults will too. Once you have a rough calculation on who might want gravy, plan to serve ¼ c-½ c gravy per person.

Sliced turkey with gravy pouring from a gravy boat

Storing Tips

STORE leftover turkey gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 

To REHEAT a large amount simply pour it into a saucepan and heat slowly over low heat. If you just need a spoonful or two, simply place it on top of the turkey or potatoes you’d like to flavor and heat both at the same time.

a plate of sliced turkey and mashed potatoes topped with turkey gravy.

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Turkey Gravy with Drippings

Silky & savory turkey gravy with drippings is the perfect sauce for your roasted turkey and mashed potatoes.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 46 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup turkey drippings
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups turkey broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • For a smooth gravy, pour ¼ cup of the drippings from the roasting pan into a medium saucepan. (For a gravy with more texture, you can leave the turkey drippings unstrained.)
  • Finish making the roux by adding ¼ cup flour to the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until smooth.
  • Whisk the 2 cups of turkey broth into to the saucepan. Bring the gravy to a boil stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add the salt and pepper and adjust seasonings to taste before serving.

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About the Author

Alicia Skousen

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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