How to Make Turkey Gravy with No Lumps

Holiday Recipes, Sauces, Thanksgiving Recipes | 5 comments

Are you a gravy fan or a cranberry sauce fan? Personally, I like both, but I often skip gravy in favor of making my Cranberry Orange Walnut Relish because I know I can easily prepare that a day or two in advance.

However, I don’t mind making it if there are others at my Thanksgiving table who would like to enjoy their roasted turkey with a spoonful of gravy made from the flavorful turkey drippings.

how to make gravy with no lumps

Making gravy without lumps can sometimes be a tricky task, especially when you’re tired after spending the day preparing your Thanksgiving meal. I’ve broken the task down into 5 Steps to Perfect Lump-Free Gravy!

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How to Make Turkey Gravy with No Lumps – 5 Steps to Perfect Gravy

1. Pour drippings from the turkey into a large glass measuring cup. Let sit until all the fat rises to the top. Spoon the fat off of the top of the drippings into a separate container.

2. Add enough broth to the remaining drippings to equal the total amount of gravy you want for your finished product.

  • Example: You have 2 cups of drippings and want 3 cups of gravy. You will add 1 cup of broth to measuring cup containing the drippings.
  • Note: If you have brined your turkey, the drippings may be saltier that you intend your gravy to be. In this situation, I add water rather than broth to my drippings. If you follow my instructions for brining, then you are also adding water to the bottom of the pan during the roasting and this helps dilute the saltiness somewhat.

3. In the turkey roasting pan (if it is sturdy, stove-top safe, and not a disposable pan), a cast iron skillet or saute pan add 1 tablespoon of the removed fat per 1 cup of liquid drippings you plan to use. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons of flour per 1 tablespoon of fat you are using to the pan.

4. Cook the mixture, whisking constantly – I like a flat whisk – over medium for a minute or two to combine well and remove the raw taste from the flour. Very slowly pour in the reserved drippings mixture, whisking constantly as you pour. Bring the mixture to a slow boil over medium heat while whisking.

5. If you would like an herb flavor, add a sprig or two of thyme and/or sage while bringing the mixture to a boil. Then turn the heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve. Re-whisk just prior to serving. Discard herbs, if using.

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Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven - November 19, 2012 @ 6:17 am

    Great tips, Katie!!


  • 2
    Suzi - November 19, 2012 @ 8:31 am

    If you don’t add salt to the water you cooked white potatoes in, that water will reduce the saltiness. Potato water also fabulous for No-knead Refrigerator bread.


  • 3
    Allison - November 19, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    I normally have two servings of turkey – one with the gravy and one with the cranberry sauce. It would be too hard to choose between the two! Thanks for the great tips here Katie. Definitely making your cranberry relish again this year too.


  • 4
    Aimee @ Simple Bites - November 19, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    I top my turkey with all of the above! Sauce and gravy. =) Awesome tips, Katie. Pinned!


  • 5
    Christian Rene Friborg - November 19, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

    I honestly prefer gravy, so these tips are great!


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