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Mashed potatoes with turkey gravy on a white plate with turkey roulade, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole and roasted carrots.

Easy Homemade Turkey Gravy


There’s nothing like the rich, velvety texture and savory taste. While it might seem like a daunting task, this Easy Homemade Turkey Gravy recipe is prepared using a handful of simple ingredients and straightforward steps.


  • 2 to 4, skin-on, bone-in turkey thighs
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 to 5 cups turkey or chicken stock
  • 3 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Better than Bouillon Turkey Base, optional
  • cornstarch slurry


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large stock pot.
  2. Pat the turkey thighs dry with a paper towel.
  3. Season both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  4. Sprinkle both sides with the flour.
  5. Sear the thighs until they are golden brown on both sides.
  6. Turn up the heat. Pour in the stock. Scrape up the browned bits from bottom.
  7. Add in the celery, onions, garlic cloves and bay leaves. Bring almost to a boil.
  8. Lower heat. Partially cover and simmer for at least two hours. 
  9. Once simmered, remove the larger pieces with a slotted spoon.
  10. Strain the broth through a mesh strainer. Pour the simmered stock back into the cleaned pot.
  11. Taste for salt.
  12. For added flavor, add in turkey base and the gravy packet that came with the turkey.
  13. Prepare a cornstarch slurry with a tablespoon of cornstarch and teaspoon of water or stock. Mix well.
  14. Gradually add in the slurry. A little at a time. Whisk continuously. Continue incorporating until you reach your desired consistency.
  15. Serve immediately. 
  16. ENJOY over roast turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and/or stuffing. 

Easy Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe! Making homemade turkey gravy is easier than you think! Simmer seared turkey thighs with chicken or turkey stock, fresh vegetables and fresh herbs! Strain, and thicken! This turkey gravy is full of flavor and perfect to pour over roasted turkey and homemade mashed potatoes for your Thanksgiving Dinner! #gravy #gravyrecipe #turkeygravy #turkeyday #thanksgivingdinner #thanksgivingfood #thanksgivingrecipes

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  • Use whatever turkey parts are available. If roasting a whole turkey, use the neck bones and gibblets.
  • Season on both sides and dust with flour.
  • Sear the turkey thighs for another level of flavor.
  • Use chicken or turkey stock.
  • Patience is key. Allow the stock to simmer for at least 2 hours to develop the flavor.
  • If your turkey comes with a gravy packet, add that in. 
  • Use a tablespoon of Better than Bouillon Turkey Base for added flavor.
  • After simmering, remove the larger pieces with a slotted spoon and strain the broth through a mesh strainer to remove any solids and/or tiny pieces of turkey bones.
  • If roasting a whole turkey, use the pan drippings to add flavor to the gravy. Just be sure to strain off the fat using a fat separator
  • Taste for salt.
  • Thicken with a cornstarch slurry of cornstarch and water, or broth. Mix well before gradually adding to the gravy. Whisk continuously to prevent lumps.
  • Double the recipe if you are serving a large crowd.
  • Although gravy can be made ahead and reheated, it’s best served hot, immediately after preparation.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Category: Side dish, Gravy
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: American

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