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Turkey Gravy Recipe

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Turkey Gravy Recipe made easy and healthy with or without drippings. Silky smooth, perfectly rich and the best gravy for your mashed potatoes and turkey!

Turkey Gravy Recipe

Healthy Turkey Gravy

This turkey gravy recipe is absolutely delicious whether made with or without drippings. I would argue that gravy is the best part of Thanksgiving table. It binds all dishes together!

Since it’s just 4 of us, I often make a turkey roast. Over the years I learnt how to make the best gravy even without full turkey drippings. With what I have on hand.

How to Make Gravy from Turkey Drippings

  • Prep drippings: Use straight drippings or skim the fat. If you let turkey drippings cool off, fat will solidify on top. You can remove it with a fork and discard. Tip: If you want lighter gravy and have no time to skim the fat, use half drippings and half water.
  • Make slurry: Whisk 1 tbsp cornstarch with 2 tbsp cold water for each cup of drippings in a separate small bowl.
  • Cook: Bring drippings to a boil, whisk in slurry (quickly stir before adding as it settles fast) and simmer on medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until gravy has thickened.
  • Adjust to taste: Because everyone’s drippings will have different seasonings, taste the gravy and adjust, if necessary.

Turkey Gravy in a metal pot and mashed potatoes and turkey by the side

How to Make Turkey Gravy Without Drippings

If you have drippings from a lean part like boneless turkey breast roast or want to make gravy with any broth:

  • Make drippings: Pour desired amount of boiling water to the bottom of the pan and scrape off the drippings with a spoon to combine.
  • Or use broth: Any low sodium broth like vegetable, chicken, beef or mushroom broth will work.
  • Add fat: For each cup of “drippings” or broth, add 1 tbsp butter and bring to a boil.
  • Thicken gravy: Make slurry by whisking 1 tbsp of cornstarch with 2 tbsp of cold water for each cup of drippings. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened.

Turkey Gravy Variations

  • Creamy: Add whole milk. For each 1 cup of gravy, add 1/4 cup milk. This is the gravy pictured, see its light brown colour? Milk makes gravy so creamy and adds another layer of flavor.
  • Mushroom: Saute sliced brown mushrooms and add them to gravy.
  • If using broth: Gravy would benefit from more flavorings like smoked paprika, dried thyme or even liquid smoke.
  • Thickened with flour: You can thicken gravy with all-purpose or whole wheat flour instead of cornstarch. Just double the amount.

mashed potatoes with gravy, sliced turkey breast garnished with cranberries and black fork on a plate

Store, Make Ahead and Reheat

Storing: Refrigerate leftover gravy in an airtight glass container for up to 5 days.

Make ahead: Cook as per recipe, cool and refrigerate in a container for up to 2-3 days.

Reheat: Simmer on low in a pot with a splash of water or low sodium broth to thin gravy out. Add small amount before heating, let gravy heat up (about 10 minutes depending on amount) and see how is the consistency.

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Turkey Gravy Recipe

Turkey Gravy Recipe

Turkey Gravy Recipe made easy and healthy with or without drippings. Silky smooth, perfectly rich and the best gravy for your mashed potatoes and turkey!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 42kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

  • 1 cup drippings or any low sodium broth
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch or 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp butter and seasonings if not using drippings

Instructions

How to Make Gravy from Turkey Drippings

  • Use straight drippings or skim the fat. If you let turkey drippings cool off, fat will solidify on top. You can remove it with a fork and discard.
  • If you want lighter gravy and have no time to skim the fat, use half drippings and half water.
  • Make slurry by whisking 1 tbsp of cornstarch plus 2 tbsp cold water for each cup of drippings in a separate small bowl.
  • Bring desired amount of drippings to a boil in a small pot and whisk in previously prepared slurry with cornstarch. Make sure to whisk slurry again right before adding to hot drippings. Cornstarch settles very fast.
  • Simmer on medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until gravy has thickened.
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper to taste.

How to Make Turkey Gravy Without Drippings

  • If you roasted a turkey breast, pour desired amount of boiling water to the bottom of the pan and scrape off the drippings with a spoon to combine. Or use any low sodium broth like vegetable, chicken, beef or mushroom broth as a base and omit any drippings altogether.
  • Add to the pot along with 1 tbsp of butter for each cup of "drippings" or broth. Bring to a boil and make sure butter has melted.
  • Make slurry by whisking 1 tbsp of cornstarch plus 2 tbsp cold water for each cup of drippings in a separate small bowl.
  • Bring desired amount of drippings to a boil in a small pot and whisk in previously prepared slurry with cornstarch. Make sure to whisk slurry again right before adding to hot drippings. Cornstarch settles very fast.
  • Simmer on medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until gravy has thickened.
  • Taste and adjust salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

Gravy Variations
  • Creamy: Add whole milk. For each 1 cup of gravy, add 1/4 cup milk. This is the gravy pictured, see its light brown colour? Milk makes gravy so creamy and adds another layer of flavor.
  • Mushroom: Saute sliced brown mushrooms and add them to gravy.
  • If using broth: Gravy would benefit from more flavorings like smoked paprika, dried thyme or even liquid smoke.
  • Thickened with flour: You can thicken gravy with all-purpose or whole wheat flour instead of cornstarch. Just double the amount.
Nutritional info is very approximate as it will vary on drippings. Just eat it.:)

Nutrition

Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 51mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 87IU | Iron: 1mg
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Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys, a wife to Alex and we reside on magical Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. This is our healthy family recipes blog. Originally from Ukraine, I grew up on real food. As an adult, I struggled with diets for years because none worked long-term. Now for over 10 years, I cook easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

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    1. Made your boneless leg of lamb. Excellent! Making gravy for leftovers. It’s blah! What to season
      with for low sodium diet?
      Thanks so much! 😘

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