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Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

November 24, 2019

By Kath Dedon


If you have made Make-Ahead Turkey Stock, it’s easy to make Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy. Get your gravy made ahead of time and freeze it. On Turkey Day you’ll have one less thing to make.

Without further ado, here’s how I did it.


Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy


Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

(Adapted from a Julia Child recipe in The Way to Cook)


(print the recipe)


Makes about 4¾ cups, serving 12


9 tablespoons turkey fat, skimmed from the top of refrigerated Make-Ahead Turkey Stock

3 tablespoons butter

6 tablespoons flour

6 cups turkey broth

1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional; adds umami, not fishy flavor)

Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Melt the butter in the turkey fat over medium heat.
  2. When the butter is melted, add the flour to make the roux. Cook, stirring constantly, for 10 – 15 minutes. The roux will turn brown.


Whisking the roux

Whisking the roux

Darkened roux

Darkened roux


3. Remove the pan from the heat. Pour a small amount of the broth into the roux and whisk vigorously until it is smooth and lump-free.

4. Whisk in the rest of the broth. Whisk in the fish sauce, if using.

5. Put the pan back on the burner; reduce the heat so it is just simmering. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes.

Simmering gravy



6. Refrigerate the gravy until it is chilled. Then freeze it. Defrost on the stovetop over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy - Copy


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