Once that gravy covers your mashed potatoes and is drizzled over your turkey, you can’t help but feel the comfort and warmth of the holidays.
It takes less than five minutes to make and is the best turkey gravy to pour over those piping-hot mashed potatoes or anything else you want to cover. So grab your gravy boat, and let’s get cooking.
The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe
This is the best turkey gravy recipe for several reasons:
- The gravy is super easy to make and is a foolproof recipe.
- It only requires a few simple ingredients.
- The flavors make this the perfect turkey gravy. It is a savory blend of turkey flavor with mouthwatering fat and heavy cream mixed in.
An Interesting Thanksgiving Dinner
We had a great but interesting Thanksgiving this year.
We found out on Monday that we had a leak somewhere in either the house or the yard. The meter reader came through and left a note on the door to check for a leak.
Naturally, I was in a panic, and we couldn’t figure out where it could be. No water damage in the house. No water anywhere in the yard. Stumped.
But we finally narrowed it down and had the leak detection guys come out and find it. Not surprisingly, it’s under our big oak tree out front.
So, we are rerouting the water pipes away from the tree. But, in the meantime, Thanksgiving day happened. I was concerned we wouldn’t be able to make anything.
We turned on the water long enough to get what we needed, wash a few dishes, and accomplish the task of cooking the entire meal. And it was successful! We used this as an excuse to use paper plates this year!
Ok, so back to the gravy recipe.
Ingredients for the Best Gravy
- Fat from the drippings
- Drippings (liquid)
- Heavy cream
- All-purpose flour
- Pinch of salt and pepper
Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.
Once you’ve cooked the turkey, scrape the bottom of the roasting pan to get all the good flavors, and then pour the liquids through a strainer and into a bowl.
Let it sit for a few minutes, and the fat will separate from the rest of the liquid. The fat will rise, and it is like gold. It’s tasty as can be. The fat will rise to the top.
Measure it out and add the fat and the liquid to a saucepan.
Add the flour and whisk it in. It is going to be lumpy, and that is ok.
Keep whisking on medium heat until the gravy thickens. Add the cream and mix well.
If it’s still not thick enough, add one more spoonful of flour and whisk it in. If it’s too thick, add one tablespoon of heavy cream to thin it out a little.
Add the salt and pepper to taste and keep stirring until it’s good and thick.
That’s it! Once it thickens, the easy turkey gravy recipe is ready to go.
This will be enough for at least four people. Enjoy!
You can easily add more ingredients to the recipe to change the flavor. Here are a few ideas:
- Fresh herbs such as oregano, thyme, onion powder, and garlic powder.
- Add some Worcestershire sauce for a pop of flavor.
- You can use chicken stock or chicken broth if you don’t have turkey broth from a Christmas or Thanksgiving turkey. The broth will still create a flavorful gravy.
Dishes That Are Perfect To Go Along With the Classic Turkey Gravy Recipe
You’ll need some recipes to go along with this homemade turkey gravy recipe. Here are a few ideas to add to the Thanksgiving table:
- Oven roasted turkey – turkey might be the star of the show, but it’s not the same without gravy.
- Brussels Sprouts with bacon and garden veggies from Julia’s Simply Southern
- Cranberry sauce is always a great addition to the holiday table.
- The best mashed potatoes – we can’t have holidays without mashed potatoes.
Homemade Turkey Gravy from Drippings
Creating the perfect gravy from turkey pan drippings will add great flavor to your meal.
When you blend the rich flavors of drippings with a simple yet delicious recipe, you get something that everyone will love.
This homemade turkey gravy, simmered to a golden brown delight, becomes a highlight every single time it’s served.
- 1/4 cup fat from the drippings
- 2 cups drippings (liquid)
- 1 Tbsp. heavy cream
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- Pinch of salt and black pepper
- Add the fat and the drippings to a sauce pan or skillet.
- Add the heavy cream and all-purpose flour and whisk in.
- Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
- Stir on medium to medium-high until gravy is thick.
Add one more spoonful of flour if not thick enough or a tablespoon of cream if too thick.
The nutritional information does not include the turkey drippings or fat.
You can store any leftover gravy in an airtight container and refrigerate it. To best way to reheat, is to reheat in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in between. Be sure to use a microwave-safe bowl.
Hi there! I’m Julie Pollitt from ‘Back To My Southern Roots.’ My love for cooking started way back on my grandparents’ farm in Tennessee. Those sunny days, the smell of biscuits in the oven, and all the family fun really sparked my passion for cooking. On my blog, I share more than just recipes – they’re like stories from my life, full of Southern warmth and homey goodness. The best part? Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a kitchen pro, you’ll find my recipes super easy to whip up. So, come on, pull up a chair, and let’s make some delicious memories!