Thanksgiving side dish, Easy Southern Homemade Turkey Gravy
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Easy Southern Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe

It's all about the gravy on Thanksgiving, and this easy and delicious make-ahead Southern Homemade Turkey Gravy or Giblet Gravy side-dish recipe is foolproof.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Thanksgiving gravy recipes, turkey gravy recipes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 134kcal
Author: Sharon Rigsby


  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp thyme you can substitute 1 tsp poultry seasoning for the thyme and parsley
  • 1/2 tsp parsley leaves
  • 2 cups turkey stock* see recipe in notes or use purchased stock
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Gradually add the flour whisking constantly.
  • Cook for 5-10 minutes until the mixture has turned a nutty brown color and is just starting to smoke. Gradually add the turkey stock, constantly whisking, and cook for 5 minutes more or until the gravy has thickened. Add pepper. Taste and add a little salt if needed.
  • Serve immediately.
  • If making ahead, cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Reheat and serve.


*Notes: To make homemade turkey stock, place the turkey neck and giblets in a small saucepan over medium heat. Fill the pan almost to the top with water. Add half a peeled onion, one celery stalk cut in half, and one tsp of poultry seasoning. When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for approximately 2 hours. Remove from the heat and pour through a strainer. Reserve the stock to make the gravy. If you are making giblet gravy, chop up the giblets and add to the gravy.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 215mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 650IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.7mg