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How to Make the Best Turkey Gravy Ever

Updated on November 18, 2017
Here's how to make turkey gravy that tastes great and if you have a crock pot it is easy as can be.  Here's my secret recipe...
Here's how to make turkey gravy that tastes great and if you have a crock pot it is easy as can be. Here's my secret recipe... | Source

For years my turkey gravy tasted like flour and I hated to serve it with my delicious Thanksgiving turkey dinner. The turkey was wonderfully browned and still moist, the potatoes were mashed with milk and butter, the carrots glazed, the root vegetables prepared according to the methods taught to me by my grandmother.

The turkey stuffing was another story, it was my grandfather's best recipe that was passed on to us. We prepared it step by step as he had taught us and enjoyed it immensely every year.

But the gravy...was terrible. It tasted like a cross between cardboard and styrofoam. It was light brown, yucky looking, and tasted like flour more than anything else. Stir, drain fat, add cans and jars and flavors, none of that worked. No matter what I did, my turkey gravy did not taste good.

And then I learned the secret to a delicious and easy turkey gravy. Now I have to make triple batches of the gravy so everyone can take some home with their leftovers!

I am going to share my turkey gravy secrets over to you, so you too, can serve the best gravy ever to your family on Thanksgiving Day this year.

Get Out Your Crock Pot To Make A Great Turkey Gravy

Yes, I make my homemade delicious turkey gravy in a crockpot
Yes, I make my homemade delicious turkey gravy in a crockpot | Source

Did I mention how easy it was to make this turkey gravy recipe? It is. And you will need a slow-cooker to make it. Yep, it's done simply and easily in a crockpot!

  • You will need:
  • A Slow Cooker
  • Carrots
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Turkey Wings
  • Wondra or Flour (you don't need this till the very end)

How's that for easy. I do not like to chop up veggies...don't know why. I just don't have the patience to sit and chop, chop, chop. So I buy an already chopped up package of carrots, onions, and celery. It costs me about 3.00 a container. If you do it yourself, it will cost you about 3.00 total. So that part is all up to you. Don't hate me because I hate to chop!

I place about 4 cups of water into the crockpot. I add the chopped up veggies, and about 8 turkey wings. I turn the crockpot on for the longest and slowest speed I can. When it's done, I cool it off. Stick the crockpot into the frig and do it all over again the next day.

Strain The Contents Of The Crockpot

Strain the contents of the crockpot
Strain the contents of the crockpot | Source

Then I strain the mix, removing the meat, skin, and bones. I then put the juice from the crockpot into a storage container and store it in the refrigerator until Thanksgiving. (Or sometimes, I add it to the crockpot the next day and let it simmer some more.)

On Thanksgiving Day when the turkey is cooked and removed from the pan, I remove all the fat from the pan. I then add a teaspoon of Wondra to a bit of water and put that into my drippings. Then I stir under a low flame to mix the Wondra mix in. Then I add my secret weapon, the crockpot turkey gravy, to the Wondra - drippings pan and stir. Let it heat and simmer for a few minutes and your delicious turkey gravy is ready to serve.

A Thanksgiving Roast Turkey Needs A Delicious Gravy

Now, the turkey is roasted and it's time to make the gravy
Now, the turkey is roasted and it's time to make the gravy | Source

Make Your Own Unique Turkey Gravy Recipe

You can change this simple turkey gravy recipe and make it your own by adding your own favorite spices and seasonings to it. I like it straight up with only carrots, celery and onions. That doesn't mean you can't add extra seasonings that you like such as:

  • Marjoram
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Bay Leaves
  • Garlic
  • Sage
  • Bell's Turkey Stuffing Seasoning

Use the spices you enjoy eating to make this the best turkey gravy for your liking!

It's turkey cooking time - that means a beautiful, brown roast turkey, savory, delicious stuffing, mashed potatoes, and this pre-cooked turkey thankful and enjoy the day with your family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving!


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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 5 months ago from Houston, Texas

      This sounds really good. I cook veggies with my turkey when it is roasting then refrigerate the juices so I can skim off the fat. I then blend the ingredients together adding herbs and seasonings. It sounds similar to the end result of your turkey gravy. Yum!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.