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Basic Turkey Gravy

Sara Moulton's Gravy

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Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

Sara Moulton shares the easiest recipe for gravy that you'll find. And it's among the tastiest.


  • 4 cups flavorful chicken broth (or turkey), heated
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons turkey fat (or butter or a combination)
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons all purpose flour (We give a range depending on how thick you want your gravy. More flour makes for a thicker gravy.)
  • Cooking Directions

    Remove the cooked turkey from the roasting pan and cover it loosely with foil.

    Pour all of the drippings (turkey juices plus fat) from the bottom of the pan into a gravy separator or measuring cup. Spoon or pour off the fat and measure it. If you don't have 6 to 8 tablespoons supplement with butter.

    Add the fat to the roasting pan and sprinkle the flour over it. Cook the mixture over low heat, whisking, for 5 minutes. Whisk in the hot broth in a steady stream and simmer the gravy for 10 minutes. Add any juices that have accumulated on the turkey platter as well as any juices left in the measuring cup (after you poured off the fat).

    If you want a thicker gravy simmer the sauce until it is reduced to the desired thickness. If you want a thinner gravy add additional broth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    *Optional: replace 1/2 cup of the broth with white wine.

    Recipe courtesy of Sara Moulton c. 2000

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: broth, flour, fat

    Course: Dressing, Dip, Sauces and marinades

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