This Easy Thanksgiving Gravy Recipe Without Drippings is made with simple ingredients you may already have in your pantry. It’s perfect for your Thanksgiving dinner or anytime you want homemade gravy but, don’t have pan drippings.
Thanksgiving is one of the most celebrated meals of the year. We look forward to eating a big, delicious, comfort food meal with the ones we love and be thankful for all of our many blessings, big and small.
It’s that time of year when you eat so much you just might be headed for that comfy recliner with what may be a carb coma!
What completes a delicious turkey dinner is a creamy gravy! Your mashed potatoes need it- Your stuffing needs it-Your turkey needs it. YOU NEED IT! And, it has to be GOOD GRAVY!
Maybe your first batch of gravy turned out badly, as in you wouldn’t serve it to your dog! We’ve all been there. Trust me. That’s when this delicious gravy recipe comes in handy.
Or, you may just want to make the gravy ahead so you don’t have to fuss with it on Thanksgiving day. Nonetheless, you are going to love this easy recipe, so add it to your Thanksgiving planning.
It’s a creamy and smooth turkey gravy with good flavor and your Thanksgiving turkey needs a good homemade turkey gravy! Don’t you think?
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How to Make Gravy without Lumps
In order to get it creamy and smooth, put the flour and dried ground seasonings in a sifter to sift it into the melting butter. Doing this and constantly stirring it so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan, is what makes a smooth gravy with no lumps.
This easy homemade gravy is good for not only turkey, but chicken and pork too. Plus, it’s perfect for mashed potatoes and stuffing (or dressing as they call it in the south) or anything you put gravy on.
This easy gravy recipe is versatile because it can be a turkey gravy, or a chicken gravy, or even vegetarian gravy! It all depends on which canned broth you choose to use. Use vegetable broth (if that’s what you have on hand) to make a vegetarian gravy.
And yes, you could even make beef gravy with this recipe if you use beef broth. Use the same seasonings and quantities.
Of course this gravy can be used anytime you need gravy, not just for Thanksgiving. It’s great for holiday meals like Christmas and Easter too.
You can make this gravy ahead of time because you don’t need turkey drippings, or any meat drippings for that matter, to make it. Plus, sometimes there aren’t enough drippings to make gravy. That can be a real bummer when you find out at the last minute.
Now you won’t have to run out to the store to buy canned gravy.
It’s convenient to make this easy gravy recipe a day or two ahead so you don’t have to make it on Thanksgiving day. That day can feel chaotic when you’re trying to keep your side dishes warm on top of the other million things you have to do.
Easy Thanksgiving Gravy Recipe Without Drippings
This flavorful gravy recipe is made with simple ingredients. You may have most of them in your pantry already.
*The full, printable recipe is the recipe card below.
Yields 2 cups.
- all purpose flour
- canned broth (turkey broth, chicken broth or vegetable stock)
- garlic powder
- ground poultry seasoning
- black pepper
First, put the flour, poultry seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder into a small bowl for sifting.
Then, in a medium saucepan on medium heat, melt butter and then sift the flour mixture into the melting butter while whisking it. Be sure to not let the butter brown or it’ll alter the flavor of the gravy. It will become pasty.
Then, slowly add in the turkey stock or chicken broth while stirring it. Keep stirring it so you don’t get a lumpy gravy.
Next, sift in the ground poultry seasoning and garlic powder and keep stirring it until it reaches your desired consistency.
Then, taste test it to see how salty it is. Remember, canned broth already has a good bit of salt. Add salt to taste.
Last, taste test it and see if you think it needs more salt and pepper.
Allow the warm gravy to cool before refrigerating it.
Store leftover gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days.
- Use turkey stock instead of chicken broth.
- Use vegetable stock instead of turkey or chicken broth.
- If you have margarine, that will work in place of butter.
- If you don’t have poultry seasoning, add 1/2 tsp of ground sage.
This flavorful gravy and simple recipe is perfect for your Thanksgiving turkey.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.
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Easy Thanksgiving Gravy Recipe Without Drippings
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 14.5 oz canned broth (turkey or chicken) vegetable broth can be used
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground poultry seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste try it first before adding salt
- First, put the flour, poultry seasoning, onion powder and garlic powder into a small bowl for sifting.
- Then, in a medium saucepan on medium heat, melt butter and then sift the flour mixture into the melting butter while whisking it. Be sure to not let the butter brown or it'll alter the flavor of the gravy. It will become pasty.
- Then, slowly add in the turkey stock or chicken broth while stirring it. Keep stirring it to avoid lumps and until it thickens.
- Then, taste it first and add the salt and pepper to taste. Stir it. The broth may have enough salt so adding more may make it too salty so try it first before adding.