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Turkey onion gravy

Turkey onion gravy

The best turkey gravy is made from the hot turkey drippings — and ours is no exception. Our turkey onion gravy is thick, rich in flavor, and easy to make once your Thanksgiving turkey is out of the oven.

If obsessing over the perfect mashed potatoes isn’t enough, you’ve got a near endless list of Thanksgiving gravy recipes vying for your attention. The more recipes you read, the more overwhelmed and gravy-unqualified you feel!

Drippings or no drippings, giblets or giblet-less, chunky with vegetables or silky smooth, deglaze with wine or vinegar, thick or thin?

Enough with the gravy madness! Just make this easy turkey onion gravy and enjoy your holiday cooking!

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Turkey drippings are gold to gravy lovers. Unless you’re one of those Thanksgiving rebels that deep-fries or smokes the turkey, you’ve got a succulent roasted bird in the oven just waiting to give up its flavor-drenched drippings to make a great gravy.

Get the drippings. Transfer your roasted turkey to a serving platter to rest while you make the gravy. Empty the roasting pan, straining the drippings from the luscious turkey juices. You can use these juices for the broth, if desired. Set aside 1-1/2 cups of the drippings.

Onions are the aromatic of choice for gravy. We can’t imagine the culinary world without onions! They lend their distinctive, earthy sweetness to this gravy, giving depth to its flavor and deliciously enriching its texture.

Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat and cook onions, stirring often, for 10 minutes or until the onions are tender and golden brown.

Make the gravy. Whisk flour into the onions until it has coated the onions and is no longer white. The flour will thicken the broth. Add the chicken (or turkey) broth and reserved turkey drippings, whisking to combine. Continue to cook until the gravy is thickened. Reduce the heat and simmer for a few more minutes.

Season and serve. Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste and whisk in the minced fresh chives. Chives give the gravy a bit of color and add a bright layer of mild onion flavor. Transfer your turkey onion gravy to a gravy boat or serving dish and serve it piping hot.

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Saute the onions in olive oil

In a saute pan over medium-high heat, heat olive oil. Add the onions to the pan and cook, stirring often, until the onions are soft and lightly browned.

Saute the onions in olive oil


Add flour to the onions

Flour is used to thicken the gravy. Sprinkle the flour over the golden onions and whisk until the flour is dissolved into the onions and oil.

Add flour to the onions


Whisk broth and turkey drippings into the onions

Pour the chicken broth and turkey drippings into the onions. Cook, whisking continuously, until the gravy is thickened. Reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes.

Whisk broth and turkey drippings into the onions


Season the gravy and add fresh chives

Add salt and freshly ground black pepper to the gravy. Whisk in the fresh chives.

Season the gravy and add fresh chives


Serve the gravy hot

Transfer the gravy to a gravy boat or another serving dish and bring it to the table piping hot.

Serve the gravy hot


Savory and rich gravy!

Savory and rich gravy!


A gravy all of your guests will love!

A gravy all of your guests will love!


Turkey onion gravy

Yield 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups turkey drippings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives

Instructions

  1. To get the turkey drippings, transfer roasted turkey to a serving platter to rest while you prepare the gravy. Empty the roasting pan, straining the drippings. Set aside 1-1/2 cups of the drippings.
  2. Heat olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring often, for 10 to 13 minutes, or until the onions are lightly browned.
  3. Sprinkle flour over the onions and whisk until the flour is dissolved.
  4. Add chicken broth and reserved turkey drippings, whisking to combine.  
  5. Continuously whisk until the gravy is thickened. Reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste and whisk in the minced chives.
  7. Transfer the gravy to a gravy boat and serve hot.

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