Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe – This easy, delicious turkey gravy is essential to a holiday menu! Simple to make on the holiday or any time, but perfect to make ahead of time too! 

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe - This easy turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe! // addapinch.com

Gravy is such a tasty addition to so many meals – especially to a holiday meal. I serve two alongside the turkey for my family’s Thanksgiving meal – both Giblet Gravy and this simple, delicious Turkey Gravy. I grew up with Grandmother Earlene’s Giblet Gravy as a staple on our Thanksgiving table and I’ve continued that tradition with my family meal.  In addition to that gravy, I’ve make this easy turkey gravy too. While it only takes a few minutes to make, sometimes time is precious when preparing a large holiday meal. That’s is just one of the reasons that this Make Ahead Turkey Gravy is such a timesaving favorite!

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe - This easy turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe! // addapinch.com

Another reason this gravy is such a favorite lies in its simplicity. It’s as easy as it gets and only has a few very basic ingredients. Since it’s so quick and easy, I find myself making it all through the year – no need to save it for just the holidays!

How to Make Turkey Gravy

This easy gravy only has a few ingredients:

  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Flour
  • Turkey Stock or Pan Drippings from the turkey

To make it, I melt my butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Then, I sprinkle in my salt and pepper and slowly whisk in the flour and cook until the flour and butter are fully incorporated and it reaches the desired coloring you prefer. This can range from a light blonde to a more traditional nut color.

Once that stage is reached, whisking constantly, I slowly pour in the turkey stock or pan drippings and cook until the gravy is thickened.

Now either serve immediately or follow Make-Ahead instructions.

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe - This easy turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe! // addapinch.com

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

Prepare your turkey gravy as instructed and then allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

When ready to serve, simply reheat in a medium saucepan until warmed throughout. If it is too thick, add a bit more stock until it reaches the consistency you prefer.

It’s purely scrumptious drizzled over Roast Turkey, Mashed Potatoes or Cornbread Dressing – or some on all three!

Doesn’t that just make the holiday meal sound easier?! I like to make cooking stress-free on the holidays by making many recipes ahead of time and detail that step-by-step in my Make Ahead Thanksgiving Recipes and Meal Plan.

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe - This easy turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Make Ahead Turkey Gravy recipe. I think you’ll love it!

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe - This easy turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe! // addapinch.com

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe – This easy turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe!
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Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Servings: 3 cups
Course Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup salted butter cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups turkey stock or pan drippings

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and slowly whisk in flour. Cook until the flour is fully incorporated into the butter and gravy is nut brown in color.Then, whisking constantly, slowly pour in the turkey stock and cook until thickened.
  • Remove from the heat and serve immediately or cool, pour into an airtight container. and refrigerator for up to one week. If serving from made-ahead turkey gravy, reheat in a medium saucepan until warmed throughout. If the gravy is too thick, add more stock until it reaches the desired consistency.

Notes

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe
Prepare your turkey gravy recipe as instructed and then allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
When ready to serve, simply reheat in a medium saucepan until warmed throughout. If it is too thick, add a bit more stock until it reaches the consistency you prefer.
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy Recipe - This easy turkey gravy recipe is essential to your holiday menu! Simple enough to make on the holiday, but perfect as a make ahead gravy recipe! // addapinch.com

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24 Comments Leave a comment or review

  1. I never thought about making the gravy ahead of time because I use the pan drippings, I always do it when the turkey is resting, but everything else is also needing attention then… but getting some drippings before the turkey is resting is ahead of time really…something else I can do that makes getting everything to the table closer to the same time is helpful!! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. I love making as much ahead of time as I can so that I can spend time with my guests that special day! I hope this and some of my other make ahead recipes are a huge help to you! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! Thanks so much! xo

    1. Hi Leah,
      Like in the recipe, you can store in airtight container in fridge for up to one week. But if you wish to freeze it, wrap well in airtight container for freezing, then reheat like I say in directions of this recipe – whisking really well while heating to prevent lumps. Enjoy! Thanks!

  2. Turkey broth has disappeared from our local markets several years ago but Penzey’s Turkey Soup Base works great.

    Your star rating is not working right. I want to do a 5 but it will only allow a 4. I skipped it. I don’t want to drop your average. 🙂

  3. Hi Robyn if I made the dressing ahead would you ever consider adding some of the dripping from the turkey I have your book and love your blog. Have gotten many great recipes. Sue

    1. Sure, Sue! It will be delicious! I hope you enjoy the gravy!
      I’m thrilled you enjoy the book and the recipes! I’m so honored you have it and find recipes you enjoy!
      Thanks so much Sue!

  4. My husband is gluten free so I can’t use flour for my gravy. How can I do this to make it gluten free? Cornstarch or gluten free flour???

    1. I also am gluten intolerant and use cornstarch to thicken gravy. Just be sure to dissolve it in a cold liquid before stirring it into the hot broth–I just use water.

  5. Made this gravy last year and it was a huge hit! Making it today for next week–I was thinking of using white wine to scrape up all the yummies from the baking sheet. What do you think???

  6. This was great. No stress. I heated it up the day of and thinned it out with drippings and a little water. I added poultry seasoning, a dash of worcestershire and soy sauce.

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