Classic Thanksgiving turkey gravy is made using the rich, flavorful drippings that remain in the roasting pan after the turkey is done. It’s pretty simple to do, especially if you know a few little secrets.
Tips for the best turkey gravy
1. Traditional gravy is best made right in the roasting pan after the bird is removed. This means you get every last bit of flavor from the pan, AND you’ve got one less pot to wash!
2. Don’t be shy when scraping up the bottom of the pan. You WANT all those brown bits. They’re luscious explosions of flavor!
3. For this reason, we recommend a metal whisk versus a rubber one!
4. Give the liquid time to reduce. This concentrates the flavor of the gravy.
6. Don’t overcook your gravy. It should be thin when you stop cooking it, because it will thicken once you serve it. If you thicken it too much in the pan, it will be way too gooey to serve (like end up almost with a jello or mashed potato consistency). For help with some gravy issues, check out Got gravy problems? Get some quick fixes here!
7. When choosing the herbs for your gravy, keep in mind the herbs you used in your stuffing and other aromatic dishes. Use the same ones in order to best match their flavor profiles.