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My old fashioned gravy is the finishing touch to my family's holiday meal. Sliced turkey and mashed potatoes just wouldn't be complete with out this savory topping. —Sharon Adamczyk, Wind Lake, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES:48 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES: 48 servings


  • Turkey giblets and neck bone
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 1 cup white wine or water
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery leaves
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

2 tablespoons: 46 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 136mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Place the giblets, neck bone, broth, onions, carrots, wine, celery leaves, garlic and bay leaf in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/4 hours.
  2. Strain and discard giblets, neck bone, vegetables and bay leaf. Set cooking juices aside; cool slightly. (Refrigerate if made ahead.)
  3. Just before serving, in a large saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth; gradually add broth mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Yield: 6 cups.
Possible romance: For more flavor, stir in turkey drippings if desired.
Originally published as Perfect Gravy in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2012, p112

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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