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Kittencal’s Easy No-Fail Make Anytime Turkey Gravy


  • 1⁄2cup butter (can use hard margarine)
  • 1⁄2cup all-purpose flour
  • 3tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1⁄2teaspoon black pepper (more is better, I use freshly ground pepper)
  • 4cups pan drippings (or see options below the recipe)


  • Drain the pan drippings for the roasted turkey through a fine strainer.
  • Let sit and then remove any fat from the top of the drippings.
  • Add in chicken broth or water to make 4 cups if necessary.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt margarine or butter.
  • Add in lots of black pepper.
  • Add in 1/2 cup flour plus 3 tablespoons; constantly whisk for about 3 minutes over low heat.
  • Slowly add in the 4 cups turkey broth/drippings; whisk constantly over medium-low heat until bubbly and thickened (about 3 minutes).
  • Use right away or keep warm over lowest heat setting, whisk again before serving.
  • **OPTIONS** to make this gravy using all chicken broth prepare as directed using 4 cups low sodium chicken broth and 1 tablespoon chicken boullion powder —- or you may add in low sodium chicken broth omitting bouillon powder to pan drippings to make up 4 cups.


  • arodrig858

    Served this gravy for the first Christmas Eve dinner I’ve ever hosted and the family loved it! Add us to your fan list, Kittencal!

  • Quesse M.

    Horrible Disaster!<br/><br/>I tried making this recipe for Thanksgiving. It seemed easy and impossible to get wrong. I was wrong. Despite following the directions exactly, my gravy ended up being a soupy applesauce like mess. Thanks for ruining my thanksgiving. Should have just bought one of those store packets – would have turned out 100x better.

  • Classy Gal

    Made this for our Thanksgiving meal this year and it was so good and incredibly quick and easy. Got lots of compliments on it being the best gravy people had ever tasted!

  • Phammy

    This is the first time I’ve ever made gravy and I was happy with how simple it was with so much flavor! I changed the 5 cup serving to 2 1/2 cups and only used chicken broth instead of pan drippings or chicken bouillon. I also added some garlic powder when I added the pepper. It took longer than 3 minutes to thicken, but once it started to thicken, it was done. I will use this recipe again and again and again. Thank you for posting! Everyone loved it with their turkey dinner.

  • DailyInspiration

    Thanks again for a great recipe!!! I made this gravy for Thanksgiving and it was a hit on the mashed potatoes and turkey — in fact, I think my daughter’s boyfriend poured it over everything on his plate. He called me later that evening to thank me again for dinner and the leftovers I sent home with him — then he told me that it was really a “911” call as he was out of gravy. I guess I’ll be making this recipe again!!!!!

  • mamamain

    Well, you sure surprised me! I cooked a turkey with absolutely nothing on it, no salt, pepper, no onions, nothing, just threw it in. I made this gravy out of the juice. I added just a tad of salt, since I knew it would have absolutely no taste at all. Wrong! It didn’t need the salt at all and it was very good. I can hardly believe it, but, it was! I will definitely make this many more times. Thank you very much!

  • hollyberry117

    I don’t know what else to say that everyone else hasn’t already said except that this was my first non-clumpy gravy. I can cook, but gravy and I have had a long standing battle over the years. Somehow this just worked. Thanks!

  • theupperdecktj

    Kittencal, I have used a few of your recipes over the years for my western restaurant in Tianjin China, need to have something different once and a while and I don’t mind looking at other chefs ideas, especially yours.

    I am getting ready to do a Thanksgiving feast at one of our international schools for 250 people. Of course I have my own recipe for turkey gravy but thought I would give yours a try, let me tell you, yours is my new mine now.

    I will be making 20 turkeys so drippings are no problem. I will boil giblets, chop and add to gravy, and as another review mentioned, also use giblet water with drippings. Other than that no changes. I roasted a small turkey today and made your gravy for it, so I know 250 people are going to be very pleased in the near future, thanks.

  • Egoregor

    TRY IT, YOU'LL LIKE IT!! Seriously, this is GOOD, tasty, fast, easy, no lumps. If you want a darker gravy (this comes out pretty light colored (think biscuits & gravy), you can toast the flour in a dry pan, stirring nearly constantly for just a few minutes until the flour is about the color you want your gravy, and use that.

  • Jaclyn Dawn

    We purposefully were looking for a recipe that didn’t NEED to have drippings since we were sent home with a whole cooked turkey and it NEEDED gravy. We saw your recipe Kittencal and haven’t been let down by you yet so we chose this and were very happy. This was so easy to make and super tasty! Thanks!