This recipe is life-saver!
Ok, it won’t save your life – literally, but it will save you from doing that last minute gravy thing while all your guests are breathing down your neck wondering if dinner is ready yet. Can we eat now? Should we sit down? Is it ready yet? Can we eat now? How about now?
This gravy can be made 4-days ahead, the turkey stock used to make the gravy can be made months ahead and frozen. On the big day, you can warm it up in a slow cooker so you don’t need an extra burner on the stove for gravy. I don’t have a square inch of counter space to spare on T-day, so I keep my slow-cooker of gravy plugged in on the counter in my…shh…laundry room.
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy: First Make the Stock
Thanks for spending some time in the cloud with me. Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! Tina ( :
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
For the Stock:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 pounds turkey wings and necks combined
- 6 stalks celery cut into large pieces
- 1 large sweet onion cut into quarters (I don't peel, adds nice color to stock)
- 1 head garlic unpeeled, cut in half
- 3 (4-inch) sprigs rosemary
- 4 (4-inch) springs thyme
- 12 cups low-sodium chicken broth
For the Gravy:
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- turkey stock (from recipe) approx. 8 cups
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Turkey pan drippings (Optional, See Note)
- salt & pepper
For the Stock:
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Add oil to large roasting pan over medium-high heat on stovetop (I place mine over two burners.)
- Add wings, necks, celery, onion and garlic. Saute, turning a few times, until starting to brown.
- Transfer the pan to the oven and roast for 1 1/2 hours, removing pan and turning the wings and necks half-way through.
- Add herbs and chicken broth to roasting pan along with the wings, necks and vegetables.
- Cook for another 45 minutes - 1 hour or until reduced to about 8 cups.
- Remove solids and strain the stock through a cheesecloth lined strainer or fine mesh strainer.
- Note: If you don't want to make the gravy right at this point, you can cool the stock and refrigerate for up to 4 days or you can freeze it for up to 6 months.
For the Gravy:
- Melt butter in 4-quart saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Gradually add stock, whisking until smooth. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Stir in vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.
That picture of you makes me want to COO. So cute! And as for the recipe – I am so all about make-ahead, especially when there are so many oven dominating recipes to make for T-giving–it’s hard to time-manage. Lovely tip and recipe, you cute thing!
Hi there Jessie!
So thrilled when you stop by ( : honored!!
Hope you have an awesome T-giving!!
Tina ( :
I’ve always cooked an extra turkey the day before thanksgiving so that I could make the gravy ahead of time, but I tried this on 11/11 and it worked out Great! I have all my gravy made and in the freezer. Thank you so much. 🙏
Love it Kathleen!! Just bought my Make-Ahead gravy fixing – going to make it next week! Enjoy!
I’ve made this the last few years and it is beyond amazing. I use the wing meat and add it to my stuffing. My husband loves when I make this as it makes the house smell wonderful!
YAY!! We LOVE it too!! Just picked up my necks and wings to make in the next couple day! Enjoy!