Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
Total TimePrep: 2-1/4 hours Cook: 10 min.
We made this gravy for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it, even the usually “no gravy” folks. We made it with no changes to the recipe and it was great!
I used a turkey back and giblets along with the wings, because I've made turkey stock with just wings in the past and felt that it needed a little more meaty flavor. I also substituted boxed turkey broth for the chicken stock. Otherwise, did not change a thing (except for adding a couple of drops of browning sauce at the end for a slightly darker color). This is my go-to recipe for turkey gravy from now on. My late mother made the best turkey gravy in the world, using the traditional method, something I never really managed to master, but my daughter told me that this recipe "is just as good as Grandma's was."
I have made this gravy for years. I make it far enough in advance and freeze it. Then I thaw it in the fridge a couple of days before I’m going to serve it. I also use some white wine for the liquid. It’s delicious and saves a lot of time when it comes time to make that big meal. I wouldn’t make any other gravy.
Made this last year for thanksgiving. It was a hit. Just made it again and it has a raw flour taste. Was I supposed to cook the flour and broth mixture before adding the prepared liquid? Help! I might have to make again!
This gravy is has an excellent flavor and color and is a huge time saver. I make it every year for Thanksgiving.
Easy and absolutely delicious!
I have made this for a few years and it's been a lifesaver every time! I usually use turkey stock (available next to the chicken and beef broth on your grocer's shelf around holiday time). It gives a darker, richer flavor to the gravy and, if you like, add a bit of the pan drippings and mix in as you reheat it.
I needed a gravy to do ahead of time because we were doing a deep fried turkey. This fit the bill. A bit of work to it and it turned out ok. Could have used a bit more flavor.
We were always short on gravy until I began making it ahead of time using extra wings. Great recipe idea.