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Easy Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Your Thanksgiving meal preparation can be so much easierif you make this Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy recipe that only takes 30 minutes! Refrigerate or freeze until time to serve!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gravy, Turkey Gravy
Servings: 4 cups
Author: Kyle


  • 4 cups turkey stock, or chicken stock (have extra on hand to thin the gravy if desired)
  • ½ cup dry white wine, like a pinot grigio or chardonnay, or turkey or chicken stock
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup diced onion, (dice as small as you can)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 6 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • pan drippings from roasted turkey or chicken, when available
  • Kitchen Bouquet, optional, see Gr8 Recipe Notes below


  • In a small saucepan on medium heat, warm the 4 cups of turkey stock and white wine.
  • While the stock is warming, melt the butter In another heavy medium saucepan.
  • Add the onions to the melted butter and sauté on medium heat until translucent. About 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic and thyme to the melted butter and continue to sauté for 1 more minute.
  • Turn the heat to low-medium and add the flour by sprinkling it on the onion mixture and cook while continually whisking for about 5 minutes.
  • Slowly add the warm stock and continue to whisk until completely combined.
  • Add one teaspoon of worcestershire sauce and the salt and pepper.
  • Continue to heat the gravy for 5 - 10 minutes until heated through.
  • Taste the gravy and only add the remaining teaspoon of worcestershire sauce and more salt and pepper if you want to. Or if you are preparing the gravy ahead of time, wait for this step and taste the gravy again before adding the seasonings.


Gr8 Make-Ahead Notes:
  • The gravy can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • If the gravy is frozen, defrost for a couple of hours in the refrigerator before warming.
Gr8 Recipe Notes:
  • The recipe can be easily doubled. The pan size is the only adjustment you would need to make.
  • If you don't want to add the wine, substitute with stock.
  • The recipe indicates 1-2 teaspoons of worcestershire. Start by adding one teaspoon and let that settle in over the heat. Then taste the gravy and add another if you desire or wait until before serving the gravy.
  • When warming up the gravy, add roasted turkey or chicken pan drippings for more flavor, a darker color, and for a thinner consistency. If you do not have drippings, use turkey or chicken stock.
  • Kitchen Bouquet is a browning agent and an option for adding a caramel color.
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