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!
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.