Think of a good gravy as the final chef's kiss on a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner. This is the version Martha likes to serve with her smoked bird.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2021


Credit: Paola + Murray

Recipe Summary

25 mins
2 hrs 25 mins
Serves 8 to 10


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Arrange turkey neck, giblets, and pieces in a single layer (or close to it) in a roasting pan or large skillet. Roast until golden brown all over, about 1 hour, 30 minutes. Transfer to a small stockpot. Add carrots, onion, celery, bay leaf, and stock to cover. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, skimming and discarding any foam that rises to surface. Reduce heat to low and simmer until reduced to about 3 1/2 cups, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Strain, discarding all solids but neck and giblets. Let broth stand 10 minutes, then skim fat from surface and discard. Remove meat from neck and shred. Cut up giblets.

  • Meanwhile, place roasting pan over medium heat. Add wine and cook, scraping up browned bits, until liquid has almost evaporated and all the bits have come up from bottom of pan, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Add 2 1/2 cups strained broth, shredded neck meat, and chopped giblets to pan; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. In a small, tightly covered jar, shake remaining strained broth and flour to combine, then whisk mixture into the simmering broth. Return to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, 1 minute. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Serve as is, or strain (you should have about 2 cups strained, more like 3 unstrained).