Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Make ahead turkey gravy

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  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
566 Calories
24g Fat
12g Carbs
72g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 566
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 31%
Saturated Fat 8g 39%
Cholesterol 238mg 79%
Sodium 1011mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 72g
Calcium 77mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Make the gravy for your Thanksgiving turkey ahead of time, refrigerate it, then reheat with some of the drippings from the turkey roasting pan when you want to eat. Remember, the key to the best gravy is the salt content. Taste the gravy and add salt as needed. You'll know when you've hit the right amount—all of a sudden the gravy will take on a wonderful meaty flavor.

There's nothing like having gravy made ahead of time. Gravy can be tricky to make, and having that chore taken care of will help a great deal when you're running around getting the meal ready. 


  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon dried chicken bouillon
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Drippings from turkey pan (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for make ahead turkey gravy
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  2. In​ a large saucepan, combine the chicken broth, onion, and chicken bouillon.

    Combine chicken broth, onion, and buillon
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  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until mixture is reduced to four cups, about 30 to 45 minutes.

    Bring to a boil
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  4. When broth is almost reduced to the correct amount, combine the flour and butter in a separate saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until flour begins to take on a bit of color and turns tan.

    Combine flour and butter
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  5. Strain the chicken broth into the pan with the flour mixture.

    Strain chicken broth
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  6. Stir with a wire whisk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

    Stir with a wire whisk
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  7. Pour into containers, cover, and chill for up to 6 days.

    Pour into containers
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  8. When ready to eat, scrape some drippings and fat from the turkey pan into a saucepan and pour in the gravy. Heat until simmering. Taste the gravy. If it tastes flat, add more salt, a bit at a time, until the gravy tastes rich and meaty.

    Scrape drippings in
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  9. Stir in the pepper.

    Stir in the pepper
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  10. Serve and enjoy!

    Serve and enjoy
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