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Foolproof Gravy

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Prep/Total Time: 20 min.


2-1/3 cups

Make your Thanksgiving or other special-occasion dinner easy with this can't-miss homemade gravy recipe. Use the drippings from your roasted turkey, and the gravy is done in just 20 minutes. —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah
Foolproof Gravy Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • Drippings from 1 roasted turkey
  • 1/2 to 1 cup turkey or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon white pepper


  1. Pour drippings into a 2-cup measuring cup. Skim and discard fat. Add enough broth to the drippings to measure 2 cups; transfer to a small saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk flour and milk until smooth; gradually stir into drippings mixture. Stir in the bouillon granules, poultry seasoning and white pepper. Return to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.

Homemade Gravy Tips

What are some variations of this homemade gravy recipe?

This gravy recipe is foolproof, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give it a flavor twist or adapt it to suit your tastes or dietary needs. Add aromatics like sage or thyme, or toss in other flavor enhancers like ground cloves, maple syrup, apple cider, dry sherry or red wine. If you or your guests are vegetarian, omit the turkey drippings and replace the chicken bouillon cubes with vegetable stock or broth. For extra flavor and texture, add sauteed vegetables such as onions, leeks, shallots, celery, carrots or dried porcini mushrooms. If you want to make this gravy gluten-free, use pure cornstarch or arrowroot to thicken the gravy, instead of a flour-based roux. Simply mix it with water or broth, and stir it into the simmering gravy. However, keep in mind cornstarch has more thickening power than flour, so you may need a little less to achieve your desired consistency. Plus, be sure to not cook the cornstarch in the gravy for too long, as it will lose its thickening power and the gravy will become runny. You can also replace the flour with a gluten-free flour mix. Use a 1:1 ratio, and follow the homemade gravy recipe as directed!

How do you thicken homemade gravy?

Reduce the liquid, or thicken with a homemade slurry (a mixture of water or stock, blended with cornstarch or flour to create a smooth paste). Gradually whisk the slurry into your simmering gravy until it reaches your desired consistency. Here are 7 more ways to thicken a sauce!

How do you store homemade gravy?

Store your homemade gravy, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days. If you don’t think you’ll use it within that timeframe, you can freeze it for 4 to 6 months. Here are some more tips from our Test Kitchen on how to make gravy!

Amy Glander, Taste of Home Book Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 165 calories, 17g fat (7g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 103mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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