Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe (EASY Turkey Gravy)

 MAKE AHEAD TURKEY GRAVY is an absolute must for an easy and stress free Thanksgiving! YES It’s possible to make Turkey Gravy without drippings and YES you can make it ahead of the big day. Once we learned How to Make Turkey Gravy we have never gone back to store-bought. This Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe is genius.

MAKE AHEAD TURKEY GRAVY is an absolute must for an easy and stress free Thanksgiving! YES It's possible to make Turkey Gravy without drippings and YES you can make it ahead of the big day. Once we learned How to Make Turkey Gravy we have never gone back to store-bought. This Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe is genius.

This Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe is the ultimate Easy Thanksgiving Side Dish.

This Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe is going to change your life. I’m here to make your easy Thanksgiving dreams come true. This week Mom and I (mostly Mom) put together the ultimate EASY Thanksgiving feast and it’s coming to you right now!

Earlier today I posted Instant Pot Turkey Breast and later today and throughout the week I’ll be posting MAKE AHEAD MASHED POTATOES, Oatmeal Rolls, Homemade Cranberry Sauce, and Classic Turkey Stuffing. And don’t you dare forget about the Pumpkin Pie posted yesterday.

We have lots of favorite holiday recipes but this collection of simple and quick ideas is really all you need for the ultimate holiday. Let’s dive right in with this Make Ahead Turkey Gravy!!

MAKE AHEAD TURKEY GRAVY is an absolute must for an easy and stress free Thanksgiving! YES It's possible to make Turkey Gravy without drippings and YES you can make it ahead of the big day. Once we learned How to Make Turkey Gravy we have never gone back to store-bought. This Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe is genius.

MAKE AHEAD TURKEY GRAVY is an absolute must for an easy and stress free Thanksgiving! YES It's possible to make Turkey Gravy without drippings and YES you can make it ahead of the big day. Once we learned How to Make Turkey Gravy we have never gone back to store-bought. This Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe is genius.

Make Ahead Turkey  Gravy Is The Perfect Easy Recipes For The Holidays.

I’m not the girl who wants to be in the kitchen all dang day while friends and family hang out for Thanksgiving. I’m just not. Never have been, never will be. So easy recipes like this Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe is just the ticket for me. I can still prepare an awesome meal and feed the ones I love, but I don’t have to miss all the festivities. The more you can have done ahead of time the better.

This make ahead gravy still has all the flavor, so you won’t be sacrificing any home cooking if you make it. It’s so tasty and hearty!

MAKE AHEAD TURKEY GRAVY is an absolute must for an easy and stress free Thanksgiving! YES It's possible to make Turkey Gravy without drippings and YES you can make it ahead of the big day. Once we learned How to Make Turkey Gravy we have never gone back to store-bought. This Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe is genius.

MAKE AHEAD TURKEY GRAVY is an absolute must for an easy and stress free Thanksgiving! YES It's possible to make Turkey Gravy without drippings and YES you can make it ahead of the big day. Once we learned How to Make Turkey Gravy we have never gone back to store-bought. This Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe is genius.

How long does Homemade Turkey Gravy keep?

Sadly, Homemade Gravy will only keep about 2 days in the fridge. You can, however, bring it back to life by boiling right before serving. Neat trick! You can also freeze this Make Ahead Turkey Gravy for up to 4 months. Boom!

Our MAKE AHEAD MASHED POTATOES (make up to two days in advance!!! They’re pictured above) are the perfect way to use all your Make Ahead Gravy. But if you’d rather let a crockpot do all the cooking (thumbs up), try our Garlic Butter Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes. (They’re my secret favorite). If you prefer to make your gravy NOT ahead of time, we also have this great Classic Turkey Gravy Recipe.

See the recipe card below for full details on How to Make Turkey Gravy. Enjoy!

This MAKE AHEAD GRAVY is an absolute must for an easy and stress free Thanksgiving! It's just as delicious with none of the fuss. Gravy at its best to pair with turkey, mashed potatoes, and more!

Make Ahead Gravy

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 286 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

MAKE AHEAD TURKEY GRAVY is an absolute must for an easy and stress free Thanksgiving! YES It's possible to make Turkey Gravy without drippings and YES you can make it ahead of the big day. Once we learned How to Make Turkey Gravy we have never gone back to store-bought. This Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe is genius.

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Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1-2 pounds bone-in turkey pieces a mix of neck, leg, wing pieces
  • 2-3 stalks carrots peeled
  • 2-3 celery ribs with leaves
  • 1 medium yellow onion outer skin removed, quartered
  • ¼ cup dry sherry or dry white wine optional
  • 8 cups homemade turkey stock or low-sodium chicken broth
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 parsley stems with leaves
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 stick 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle the turkey pieces with salt & pepper. In a large Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat oil over MED-HIGH heat. Brown the turkey pieces 3-5 minutes on each side then add the carrots, celery and onion. Cook another 5 minutes, turning once, until vegetables have begun to caramelize and have some golden brown color. Turn heat to LOW, cover and cook for 15-20 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes.
  2. Scrape the pan, while slowly adding the sherry or wine, to deglaze the pan. Continue scraping the pan while adding all except 2 cups of the chicken broth, stir continuously until broth has been added.
  3. Add herbs, turn heat to HIGH and bring broth to a boil. Reduce the heat to LOW and simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Skim excess foam off the surface as needed.
  4. Pour broth through a fine-mesh strainer over a large heat-resistant bowl. Shred the turkey meat from the bones, and reserve ¼-½ the meat for the gravy. Freeze the remaining meat, in a freezer bag, for later use.
  5. To make the roux, melt butter in a medium saucepan over MED-LOW heat and whisk in flour. Cook, stirring continuously, until the flour mixture is fragrant and nutty brown, 10-15 minutes.
  6. While roux is cooking, pour the reserved broth back into the large saucepan and add the shredded turkey. Bring broth to a simmer.
  7. While whisking vigorously, slowly add 2 cups of the hot broth to the roux (flour/butter mixture). Whisk until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps. Whisk this mixture into the simmering broth in the large saucepan.
  8. Season the gravy to taste, simmer and stir often, until thickened or about 20-30 minutes. Cover and set aside to cool to room temperature. You now have turkey gravy. Cover & refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.
  9. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Make Ahead Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 44mg 15%
Sodium 167mg 7%
Potassium 586mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 69.9%
Vitamin C 5.2%
Calcium 4.3%
Iron 13.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tara Lueth
This is easy?? It is way easier the way my mom/grandma made it. Take the drippings from the turkey, put in pan on the stove, make a roux with flour and water, add seasonings to taste, let thicken. Takes less than 1/2 hour.
    Becky Hardin
    Hey Tara, that's a great way to make it as well. This way you can make it ahead of time and have it ready on Thanksgiving. Hope you have a great holiday!
Shari Giarraputo
I'm sorry to keep bothering you. I'm making the stock. I was curious to know if ANy of the veggies had to be cut in smaller sizes besides the onions? Thank you
Shari Giarraputo
Becky I just wanted to touch base and let you know that we all enjoyed the gravy so much. I was able to freeze the gravy and use it at for another time. I loved the flavor and making it ahead was such a great relief that I was able to just reheat it without having to start to make it right after I made the turkey. I made your Crock-Pot potatoes recipe too. It was So nice to have another time saver recipe. Both recipes were terrific. The best part was no matter what time I emailed my questionS to BECKY SHE took time to RESPOND BACK and she responded fast.
    Becky Hardin
    You are so sweet Shari! I'm SO glad these worked out and that you enjoyed them! Makes my day to hear that. I've enjoyed chatting!!! Have a wonderful Christmas <3
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