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Holiday Make-Ahead Gravy

Thanksgiving Make-Ahead Gravy

Fantastic flavor, perfect for that Thanksgiving turkey.
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Keyword gravy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 10 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 144kcal


For the stock

  • 4 turkey wings
  • 4 ribs celery
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic lightly smashed
  • 10 whole peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves

For the gravy

  • 2-3 cups turkey stock, from above you'll get about 8 cups of stock, so triple the gravy recipe if you want to use it all for gravy
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup whole milk more or less


For the turkey stock

  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Place the wings, celery, onion and garlic in a roasting pan. Place in oven and roast for 2 hours.
  • Place roasting pan on a burner on the stove (if you don't have room, you can transfer the contents to a large stockpot).
  • Add 8 cups of water, the peppercorns and bay leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 1 hour.
  • Remove turkey and vegetables. Strain the resulting stock into a large resealable container.
  • Refrigerate for at least 8 hours. Skim off any fat.

For the gravy

  • Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  • Whisk in the flour. Cook, whisking constantly, until golden in color.
  • Slowly pour in 2-3 cups of the stock, a little at a time, whisking constantly.
  • Add in the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Whisk in some of the milk. Taste and add more if you wish, but don't make the gravy too thin. Let simmer until the desired thickness is achieved. Add more milk if it gets too thick.


Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 42mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 165mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 197IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg