The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe without Drippings

Learn how to make the Best Turkey Gravy without drippings – an easy from scratch gravy recipe that can be made ahead of time! This foolproof gravy is smooth, savory, garlicky, herbaceous, done in 15 minutes and loaded with comforting flavor, absolutely perfect for the holidays!

This gravy will go perfectly with that Oven Roasted Turkey, Creamy Mashed Potatoes and my Cornbread Stuffing

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The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe

Y’all, I’d like to say that this is my tried and true method to making gravy. That I’ve been making it this way for years! But the truth is, it’s just not. I can tell you that every year I have struggled to make gravy. Honestly, a lot of it has to do with the thickening agent. I’ve used cornstarch, arrowroot and all the things trying to stir clear of flour for all you gluten free people. But honestly, the flour is needed! Gasp! 

Well, I have made this recipe 3 times and failed, or at least what I thought was a fail because I wasn’t happy with the result. Flavorless, too thin, too lumpy, etc.

But that fourth time, oh it was my sweet spot. It was gravy magic! Everything went smoothly, I had all the ingredients, it thickened perfectly and it had the EXACT flavor I was looking for. 

I got you covered on the gravy front!

a bowl filled with mashed potatoes covered in gravy

Ingredients you’ll need to Make this Gravy:

Gravy is a form of art. You have to give it a little love and care for it to turn out the way you want, otherwise it will flop for you every time! This Gravy Recipe is made without dripping. Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this Turkey Gravy:

  • Butter:
  • Flour:
  • Shallots:
  • Garlic:
  • Chicken Bone Broth:
  • Fresh Herbs:

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How to Make Turkey Gravy without Drippings?

Making Turkey Gravy from scratch is easier than you think, just follow these simple instructions and you’ll end up with smooth, flavorful gravy every time. 

  1. Heat a medium sauce pan to medium high heat. Add butter, shallots and garlic. Saute until shallots are translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Next add in white cooking wine and stir, simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Then add in flour. Whisk the flour into the shallot butter mixture to create a roux. Let the roux continue to cook (will bubble) until it turns a light brown color and smells “nutty.” Be sure to whisk throughout this process so you don’t burn the roux. This process should take about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Slowly pour the bone broth into the roux, whisking the entire time. Let simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Finish with fresh thyme, fresh sage, salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

My secret to the best gravy?

Roux is totally my secret weapon. It adds a nuttiness and depth to your gravy that you just can’t get when you use cornstarch! Trust me, I’ve tried!

To make a roux: you’ll need a equal parts of butter (or a fat) and flour. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add flour and whisk until combined with no lumps. Now, here’s the key. Let the butter and flour roux simmer. That’s right. You’re going to watch it, and whisk it, until it turns a light brown color and smells slightly nutty. Make sure you’re paying attention, or you could burn your roux. Once it’s the desired color, slowly whisk in your liquid.

a saucepan filled with turkey gravy

When to season your gravy?

 I always add my seasoning at the end. Most broths, butter, and even turkey drippings will have salt already in them. In order to control the salt content, I go all the way through my gravy making process and then at the very end I add my fresh herbs, taste and then season as needed.

Can I make this gravy ahead of time?

Yes! The best part about this recipe is you don’t have to have the turkey done to make it. Some people smoke or fry their turkeys so there are no drippings to use, which is where this recipe comes in! There are so many other last minute things going on Thanksgiving Day, and gravy is always one of them. So take the stress out of the “last minute” and use this make ahead turkey gravy recipe! It can be made up to 2 days ahead of time. To reheat the gravy, place in a saucepan and warm over medium low heat.

gravy boat filled with brown gravy

How to add drippings to a make a-head gravy?

Yes. Even though this recipe is made without drippings. You can still add the drippings from the turkey after the fact. To do this, make the gravy according to the recipe below. When the turkey is done, pour the liquid from the roasting pan into a narrow jar or a fat separator. Discard the fat and slowly pour the remaining liquid into the already made gravy. I would start with 1/2 cup so that you don’t thin the gravy out. Then add a little bit at a time until the texture is  where you like it.

What to do if your gravy is too thin?

Let’s be real. It happens to the best of us. Gravy can be a very finicky thing. If your gravy gets too thin, there are a couple things you can do.

  1. Make a cornstarch slurry in a small bowl consisting of 1 tablespoon cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water. The best thing to do so that your gravy doesn’t get lumpy is to take your gravy off of the heat, whisk the cornstarch slurry into the gravy and return it to a simmer.
  2. Simmer the gravy for another 10 minutes to see if it thickens up.

bowl filled with mashed potatoes covered in gravy

What to do if your gravy is too thick?

This is one of the easier fixes, if your gravy is too thick just add 1/4 cup of chicken broth, turkey drippings or water at a time. Whisk together and see where you’re at. If you need to add more to thin it out, do so 1/4 cup at a time. Remember, as you add more liquid to thin out your gravy, you may also need to add more salt, pepper or fresh herbs to balance out the flavors.

Can I freeze turkey gravy?

Yes. A flour-based turkey gravy can be frozen for up to four months, but cream or milk-based gravies should not be frozen. Usually anything with cream in it will separate and become gritty when thawed out.

What to serve with Turkey Gravy?

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Easy Gravy Recipe without Turkey Drippings

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 17 minutes
  • yield Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • category Category: Thanksgiving
  • method Method: Stove
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

Learn how to make the Best Turkey Gravy without drippings – an easy from scratch gravy recipe that can be made ahead of time! This foolproof gravy is smooth, savory, herbaceous, done in 15 minutes and loaded with flavor. Perfect for the holidays! 

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup finely diced shallot
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons white cooking wine
  • 2 cups chicken bone broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium sauce pan to medium high heat. Add butter, shallots and garlic. Saute until shallots are translucent, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Next add in white cooking wine and stir, simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Then add in flour. Whisk the flour into the shallot butter mixture to create a roux. Let the roux continue to cook (will bubble) until it turns a light brown color and smells “nutty.” Be sure to whisk throughout this process so you don’t burn the roux. This process should take about 2-3 minutes.
  4. Slowly pour the bone broth into the roux, whisking the entire time. Let simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Finish with fresh thyme, fresh sage, salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Notes

Note: Turkey Drippings will add so much flavor so if you have them I would add about 4 tablespoons worth to this gravy for an extra boost of flavor!

Keywords: turkey gravy, turkey gravy recipe, turkey gravy without drippings, how to make turkey gravy, how to make turkey gravy from scratch, homemade turkey gravy, make ahead turkey gravy

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