Giblet Gravy is a flavorful, classic Southern-style gravy perfect for serving throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas. This heirloom family recipe has been passed down for generations!
Giblet gravy is a must-have dish in my family for Thanksgiving. Even though the southern cornbread dressing is moist and flavorful, you just have to drizzle a bit of this gravy on top to say you’ve had a Thanksgiving meal around here.
As I was growing up, my Grandmother would be the one to make the giblet gravy each year. Now, it’s my Mother. No recipes in hand for either of them. They just know how it’s made and make it from memory. Those are the family recipes I treasure. And this year, I asked Mama to give me a lesson on giblet gravy.
What is Giblet Gravy
Giblet Gravy is a classic gravy made with the giblets and neck from a turkey. The giblets are the heart, liver, and gizzard of the turkey. When purchasing a turkey, the giblets are usually packaged within the inside cavity of the turkey. The neck is generally also included in the inside cavity of the turkey and while also included in giblet gravy, the neck is not considered a giblet. Rather than discarding any of these items, they are used to make the most delicious and flavorful gravy.
How to Make Giblet Gravy
Here’s how she makes it.
Start with the giblets and neck of your turkey. Remove them from your turkey and place them in a medium saucepan.
Pour the chicken stock into a medium saucepan.
Add enough water to the saucepan to cover the giblets and neck.
Allow to simmer on low to medium heat until all are cooked thoroughly.
Remove the neck and giblets to a bowl to cool.
Add butter to the drippings and pour the cream of chicken soup into your saucepan.
Stir until well combined.
Let the gravy simmer while you are working with the next steps.
Remove the meat from the neck and roughly chop. Repeat with other giblets.
Chop one boiled egg.
Add the meat and the egg to the gravy mixture.
Pour the gravy into a gravy boat or bowl for serving.
Serve over hot southern cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes or turkey.
Can Giblet Gravy be Frozen?
I do not recommend freezing this gravy as it is a cream based gravy that will separate. It does store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Simply warm and whisk well to combine for serving.
Make Ahead Instructions
- Remove the neck and giblets from your turkey.
- Prepare the gravy according to the recipe. Allow to cool and then cover tightly and place in the refrigerator.
- Pour the gravy into a saucepan and thoroughly heat as you are removing the turkey from the oven to rest.
Here’s my family’s recipe for Giblet Gravy. I can’t wait to hear how you like it.
- Remove giblets and neck from turkey. Place in a medium saucepan. Add chicken broth and cover with water. Simmer over low heat until well cooked. Remove giblets and neck from saucepan.
- Add butter and cream of chicken soup into saucepan. Allow to simmer over low heat. Remove meat from neck and chop. Chop giblets and egg. Add back to saucepan and allow to simmer over low heat until hot.
- Serve over dressing.