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turkey drippings gravy in a bowl with a gravy spoon

Homemade Turkey Gravy from Drippings

This gravy recipe is pretty easy to make and really delicious! You need your turkey drippings so make sure you collect them all!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Cool Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 73kcal
Author: EmilyFabulous


  • fat separator
  • medium-large saucepan
  • fine mesh sieve


  • 6 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 large onion, cut into strips
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
  • 6 tablespoon flour
  • 4 cups chicken stock (or vegetable or turkey stock)
  • 2 tablespoon brandy (optional, but adds depth)
  • 10 large fresh sage leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine


Gravy Base

  • Place the butter in a med-large saucepan and melt over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 15 minutes, until the onion becomes nice and brown.
    cooked onions, garlic and butter for gravy
  • Stir in the flour and continue to cook for one minute.
    onions with flour added for gravy
  • Add the chicken stock, brandy, sage leaves, bay leaves, and 1 teaspoon of pepper and continue to stir (don't add salt yet because you want to see how salty your drippings are). Bring the mixture to a boil then lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    gravy base with herbs in a saucepan
  • Remove the gravy base from the heat and allow it to cool for one hour. Strain the cooled mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and set it aside or in the refrigerator if making it ahead of time.
    gravy base drained through sieve
  • If you are making the base ahead of time, cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a film from forming, and refrigerate until you are ready to use
    gravy base in a bowl covered in plastic wrap

Dripping and Finishing Steps

  • After your turkey has roasted, remove it from the roasting pan and allow it to rest. Pour the drippings from the roasting pan into a large saucepan. Use a spoon to scrape off as much of the cooked-on bits as you can (this is where the flavor is!) and also put them in the saucepan. Add the wine and stir over medium-high heat.
    onions, garlic and butter for gravy
  • Pour the prepared base into the saucepan and stir until nice and thick. Taste to see if it needs any salt and pepper. Pour the gravy into a fat separator and allow the liquid to separate before putting it into a serving dish. This takes just a few minutes as it cools.
    gravy base and gravy drippings
  • Place the gravy in a serving bowl or gravy dish and enjoy!
    bowl of turkey gravy with turkey ladle


  • Store leftover gravy in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
  • You can make the base of the gravy ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until you are ready to go. I found this wasn't really necessary because I had just the right amount of time to make everything while my turkey was resting. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.1g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 4.5g | Saturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 0.7g | Calcium: 15mg

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.