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Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe


Before you get stressed out about making dishes for Thanksgiving, make this gravy ahead of time. You will have one less thing to worry about the day of, also it happens to be delicious!

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  • 4 turkey wings
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 8 ribs celery, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 12 cups water
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Servings 5
Preparation time 320mins
Cooking time 400mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Preheat the oven at 375°F.

Put all ingredients except the water, in a large dutch oven or roasting pan

Roast for 3 hours (Vegetables and Wings will be browned)

Remove pan from oven and add the Water. If you used a roasting pan, transfer ingredients to a stock pot. Put your stock pot or dutch oven on the stove top and bring to a boil.

Turn down the heat or flame to low and simmer for 1 and 1/2 hours uncovered. The stock will begin to reduce

Strain the stock into an extra large bowl.

Place the bowl in the freezer for an hour or two, check at 20 minute intervals. The fat will begin to become solid on the top of the stock. Once this happens, remove the fat and discard. (Don’t let the stock freeze solid at this point until you get the fat off the top.)

Now you can transfer the stock to a container to freeze until ready to use, to make your gravy.

Thaw stock in refrigerator two days in advance

In a large sauce pan or large sautee pan, melt 1 stick of butter

Whisk in 1/2 cup of flour into the butter, over medium heat. Whisk for about 3 minutes or until all the Flour is incorporated, starts to get brown and is smooth, with no lumps

Now whisk in 4 cups of the turkey stock and cook until thickened, continuing to whisk while cooking

At this point season gravy with freshly ground black pepper and then whisk in, 1 1/2 cups milk and continue to cook for 4 to 5 more minutes or until gravy has totally come together

Your gravy should be perfect! This recipe will make about 4 to 5 cups of gravy, enough for all your guests who love gravy!

Tip: If your Gravy is not as thick as you like, you can whisk together: 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of COLD water then add it to the gravy and whisk it in while still cooking over medium heat. Turkey Gravy should not be extra thick. It is meant to be a thinner Gravy so it can be poured easily over your Mashed Potatoes and Turkey.

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