Make-Ahead Maple & Sage Gravy

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Cook: 3 hours


3-1/2 cups

Updated: May. 25, 2023
Save those turkey wings! Then use this richly flavored stock in my pour-it-on-everything herbed gravy. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas
Make-Ahead Maple & Sage Gravy Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 turkey wings, halved, or 1-1/2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves plus 1 tablespoon minced fresh sage, divided
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 450°. In a 15x10x1-in. pan coated with cooking spray, bake wings, uncovered, until dark golden brown, about 1 hour.
  2. Transfer wings to a stockpot; add onion, sage leaves, broth and water. Slowly bring to a boil over low heat; gently simmer, partially covered, 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Strain broth, discarding solids. Measure broth and simmer until reduced to 5 cups. If using immediately, skim off fat. Or cool, then refrigerate 8 hours or overnight; remove fat before using.
  4. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add flour and cook, stirring frequently, until dark golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Carefully stir in 4 cups broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly, 10 minutes. Stir in maple syrup and minced sage; add enough remaining broth to reach desired consistency.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Turkey wings are the star in this make ahead Thanksgiving recipe, which pairs well with other Thanksgiving side dishes and jello salad recipes.
  • Nutrition Facts

    1/4 cup: 89 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 216mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.