Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Total Time

Prep: 2-1/4 hours Cook: 10 min.


4-1/4 cups

Updated: Sep. 12, 2023
My family loves gravy, so I can never have enough of this make-ahead turkey gravy recipe on hand for a holiday dinner. The base is prepared with turkey wings and can be prepped in advance. —Linda Fitzsimmons, Fort Edward, New York
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  • 2 turkey wings (1-1/2 to 2 pounds)
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 2 cartons (32 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place turkey wings and onions in a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 1-1/4 hours, turning once.
  2. Transfer wings and onions to a Dutch oven. While 13x9-in. pan is still warm, carefully add 2 cups broth. Using a spatula, gently scrape any brown bits off bottom of pan; pour into Dutch oven with wings. Add 4 cups broth, carrots, celery and thyme to Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, about 45 minutes.
  3. Strain; discard wings and vegetables. (Can be made ahead to this point and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.) Skim fat from cooking liquid. Add enough remaining broth to measure 3-1/2 cups.
  4. In a large saucepan, whisk flour and 3/4 cup remaining broth until smooth (if any broth remains, save for another use). Gradually stir in cooking liquid. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in butter and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

3 tablespoons: 61 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 234mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 5g protein.