Cranberry bacon gravy

Cranberry bacon gravy makes a sweet and tart Thanksgiving gravy! |

Yes, we did say Cranberry Bacon Gravy! What better way to bring in the flavors of the season than with cranberries? And bacon is always trending. Whether you smother your entire Thanksgiving feast with gravy or just pour it on the turkey and mashed potatoes, this gravy recipe works well will all the fixins’! Your guests might be taken aback by your creative choice, but they can’t knock it until they’re tried it’s sweet, smokey, tangy flavor.

Cranberry Bacon Gravy


  • One bag (12 ounces) fresh frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup bacon bits
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a saucepan, cook the cranberries and sugar or low heat stirring constantly until the sugar is melted and dissolved. The cranberries will burst.
  2. In a blender, puree the mixture until it is smooth.
  3. Allow the cranberries to come to room temperature before adding them to the other ingredients.
  4. In a saucepan over low heat, whisk together the cornstarch and chicken broth until smooth. Whisk for about 3-5 minutes.
  5. Bring to a boil and then add in the cranberries.
  6. Boil the gravy whisking occasionally until it is reduced and thickened (about 20-25 minutes).
  7. Stir in the bacon bits and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Keep warm until ready to serve.