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White-Wine Gravy

For a silky-smooth gravy, whisk constantly as you gradually add flour to the pan. You can make this recipe to accompany any turkey, but it's particularly delicious with our Herb-Rubbed Turkey.

  • prep: 35 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 8
Photography: David Loftus




  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cans (14 1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper


  1. Step 1

    While the turkey rests, place the roasting pan on the stove across two burners (if using a disposable roasting pan, scrape drippings and browned bits into a medium saucepan). Heat drippings over medium-high, scraping up browned bits, until thickened, about 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Add wine; cook, stirring constantly, until syrupy, 5 to 6 minutes. Gradually whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, until incorporated, about 1 minute. Gradually add 1 cup broth; cook, whisking, until flour is a deep caramel color, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Gradually stir in remaining broth and 4 cups water. Bring to a simmer; cook, stirring occasionally, until gravy reaches desired thickness, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove neck and giblets, and strain gravy through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Everyday Food, November 2007

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Reviews (9)

  • 23 Nov, 2010

    If you use a half cup butter in stead of the turkey drippings it should be fine. I'm about to make it early and that's what I'm doing!!

  • 3 Nov, 2010

    I don't understand how this is "make ahead" if you have to roast the turkey first?????

  • 27 Nov, 2008

    A nice dry Riessling works well. NY Finger Lakes riesslings have an extra bit of mineralness that adds a nice touch to gravy.

  • 16 Nov, 2008

    My favorite is a Sauvignon Blanc. Tastes great!

  • 13 Nov, 2008

    I know that the type of white wine will vary the taste of this dish quite significantly, right? What did ya'll use? I'm trying to do 2 gravies and want to branch out a bit in the Tgiving feast favorites..any suggestions much appreciated.

  • 13 Nov, 2008

    What types of white wine did ya'll try? I know this will make a BIG difference in the taste, right? Any suggestions would be wonderful. I'm trying to do 2 different types of gravy...branch out a little.

  • 12 Oct, 2008

    So great! Very easy and had loads of flavor...had three kids at dinner who could not stop raving about it.

  • 20 Dec, 2007

    This is one of the best gravies ever, highly recommend it!

  • 25 Nov, 2007

    Since we all love gravy, it is exciting to try all the gravy recipes we can find. Especilly love the ones made with wine. Very good flavor