Watch the Video: How to Make Easy, Delicious Gravy

   By ChefErin  Nov 19, 2010

Gravy seems to be one of those kitchen mysteries for many people.  Really it’s just a simple pan sauce and with a few helpful hints you’ll be making gravy like a pro.


Basic Turkey Gravy Recipe:


1/4 cup fat (reduced pan drippings)

1/4 cup flour

4 cups chicken broth

salt and pepper to taste


When you have finished roasting your turkey, remove it from the pan along with any onions or other vegetables you may have cooked it on.  Use a slotted spoon to remove the cooked vegetables so that you leave as much jus (drippings) in the pan as possible.


Place the roasting pan over a couple burners on your stovetop. Reduce (simmer) the drippings over medium-high heat until you have about 1/4 cup left in the pan. 


Lower heat to medium.  Add 1/4 cup of four and stir until the flour becomes a smooth paste. 


Very slowly, add chicken broth to the flour paste while whisking constantly.  Don’t be afraid to stop adding broth for a moment until you can whisk the mixture smooth.  The key to smooth gravy is constant whisking.*  Continue to whisk until you have added all four cups of broth.  If you like other flavors in your gravy, such as pureed giblets, fresh herbs or wine, feel free to add them at this time.  Reduce heat and simmer until the gravy reaches the desired thickness. 


Finish with salt and pepper to taste.  Makes 4 cups.


*If you do end up with some lumps in your gravy, simply pour the gravy through a sieve before serving.  No one will know the difference!


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ChefErin by ChefErin | SEATTLE, WA
Dec 07, 2010

cocoabella - I just told another commenter that a chef-instructor I once learned from told me that confidence is key to success in the kitchen. When I started culinary school I thought I was the world's worst baker but his advice really worked. Although I'd love to be in the kitchen with everyone I BELIEVE that you can and will make perfect gravy! Good luck! ~ Chef Erin

cocoabella by cocoabella | EL PASO, TX
Dec 07, 2010

Everyone always says. "it's so easy" lol Yet gravy never is easy for me. Great video and it did look so easy. Wish Erin could be in the kitchen with me when I tried to make it hahaha

ChefErin by ChefErin | SEATTLE, WA
Nov 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! ~ Chef Erin

amanda-tv by amanda-tv | Houston, TX
Nov 23, 2010

OmGosh!!! My mother does this and it tastes so great...Way better than store bought !!

yamagirl by yamagirl | POWDER SPGS, GA
Nov 21, 2010

I am so excited to be cooking thanksgiving again ( even though i have been doing it for 11 years)

kmcnich by kmcnich | DALLAS, TX
Nov 20, 2010

A few more days and I am doing this!!!

hypnicjerk by hypnicjerk | Seattle, WA
Nov 20, 2010

Great video! You make it look SO easy! Thank you.