Upgrade Your Turkey with the Help of These Eight Easy Thanksgiving Gravy Recipes
No Thanksgiving turkey is complete without a truly spectacular gravy to pair with it. But with so many other dishes to prepare for the holiday meal, a quick and easy gravy recipe is essential for homemade success. These gravy recipes all come together while the turkey rests after cooking. Even better, the gravy can be made in the same heavy-bottomed roasting pan (no additional dirty dishes necessary!). Avoid using a nonstick pan—crispy turkey bits and utterly delicious drippings will caramelize in a stainless steel roasting pan better than they would in nonstick.
While all of these Thanksgiving gravy recipes vary in their flavor, preparation, and ingredients list, a few basics are necessary for a delicious, classic sauce. All-purpose flour acts as a thickener in the gravy to create a creamy consistency, but feel free to substitute cornstarch in place of flour for a gluten-free alternative. White wine, sherry, or Madeira wine are used to deglaze the roasting pan and release all of the flavor and brown bits from the turkey drippings. Stock—giblet, turkey, or chicken—is the main liquid added to the pan to yield a couple of cups of gravy. Make your own turkey stock months in advance, and freeze it until the day before Thanksgiving—don't forget to allow time for it to defrost. Herbs, such as rosemary or thyme, are often optional in these gravy recipes but add fantastic earthiness.
Whether you prefer a classic gravy recipe or one with some heat, like this Aleppo Pepper gravy, these Thanksgiving gravy recipes will deliver flavor and richness to complement the turkey and all of the wonderful sides.
While the turkey is resting, make this flavorful dark gravy. The base of this gravy comes from carrots, onions, and celery that have roasted beneath the bird, slowly browning and absorbing the turkey drippings. White wine rounds out the flavors, and all-purpose flour provides the thickening.
White wine isn't just for the Thanksgiving table. Here, it helps to deglaze the pan and contributes acidity to a rich gravy. Take advantage of the turkey juices baked onto the roasting pan by adding dry white wine to release their flavors before adding in stock and flour. This gravy is a companion to our Roast Turkey with Rosemary and Lemon, but drippings from any turkey will work.
A gravy that can partially be made in advance? Tell us more! Prepare a roux of melted butter and flour up to one month in advance, then keep it in the refrigerator until turkey time. The paste acts as a thickening agent for a mixture of turkey stock, white wine, and turkey drippings.