Homemade Gravy: Step-by-Step Guide

Intimidated by trying to make your own  Homemade "from scratch" gravy? Don't be! It's easy to do! I'll talk you through it!

Ok if you really feel the need, go buy those cans of store bought gravy as a back up, but I promise you won't need them!

 Today we'll be making  turkey gravy, but the recipe works the same for beef or ham gravy as well.

We'll be using  some of the pan drippings from the meat (in my case turkey). If you are not the one cooking the meat for your holiday dinner, don't worry, we can adjust the recipe for you quite easily!

Now confessional here: This recipe also calls  for cans of broth,  I do not buy store bought chicken broth. I always make my own from rotisserie chicken carcass's through out the year, as well as turkey bones after holidays and even ham bones too.

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Homemade Gravy
Makes about 3 cups


1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups chicken broth (2 8 oz cans)
1/2 cup pan drippings
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning (optional)

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.
Whisk flour into melted butter.
Cook whisking constantly 1-2 minutes till golden brown and well blended
Slowly whisk in both the pan drippings and the chicken broth.
Increase heat to Medium-High, and bring to a boil.
Once boiling, reduce heat again to medium.
Stir in pepper and poultry seasoning.
Simmer 5 min. or to desired thickness.


  1. Oh, I remember the very first time when I made gravy. I was around 15 and had no clue what I was doing. I think it could had been used as wallpaper paste. I done the butter and flour part ok but when I added the liquid I thought it was too thin (not knowing it would thicken up as it cooked) so added more flour and then it became to thick, so more liquid added and kept going till I no longer had room in the pan for more liquid and flour.
    Needless to say I have learned to make gravy over the years but I have never learned to make turkey gravy but I know I will be making it from now on after seeing your easy step by step instructions.
    Goes to show, never too old to learn something new

  2. Mashed potatoes and gravy is my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. I think it's because it is so comforting and I don't make it much throughout the year. Your gravy looks perfect and now I'm hungry!


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