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Foolproof Turkey Gravy

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  • Total 10 min
  • Servings 8
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There are just two simple steps (and five easy ingredients) in this delicious turkey gravy from drippings. You’ll be delighted with the smooth, flavorful results. This is a recipe you’ll return to every year, so be prepared to become the designated “gravy maker” at all your holiday gatherings. You'll get rave reviews, but don’t let anyone know how easy it really is to make turkey graving from drippings; it may sound complicated, but with Betty's foolproof recipe you'll be able to add another turkey feather to your apron.
Updated Nov 9, 2020


  • 1/4 cup turkey drippings (fat and juices from roasted turkey)
  • 1/4 cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups liquid (juices from roasted turkey, broth, water)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or less, if using turkey drippings
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
Make With
Gold Medal Flour


  • 1
    Pour drippings from roasting pan into bowl, leaving brown particles in pan. Return 1/4 cup drippings to roasting pan. (Measure accurately because too little fat makes gravy lumpy.) Stir in flour. (Measure accurately so gravy is not greasy.)
  • 2
    Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Stir in liquid. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Stir in salt and pepper.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    If you’d like a thicker gravy, mix 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour with 2 tablespoons water or broth then whisk it into the hot gravy, bring to a boil, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • tip 2
    Taste as you go! Gravy is often the star of a turkey dinner, the condiment that ties the meat, potatoes, and veggies together. So be sure it’s well seasoned before the gravy boat is set on the table.
  • tip 3
    Do like the pros: use a medium-sized wire whisk to stir up the gravy, vigorously mixing in the flour into the pan drippings to create a roux (a thickening mixture that’s equal parts fat and flour), then as you stir in the liquid.
  • tip 4
    End up with a few lumps? Pour the gravy through a wire mesh sieve to smooth the gravy to a silky smoothness.
  • tip 5
    A flavorful broth is a traditional liquid for many gravies, but you could mix things up by using wine, milk, or half-and-half with the broth.


40 Calories, 3 g Total Fat, 1 g Protein, 2 g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
3 g
Saturated Fat
1 g
5 mg
200 mg
30 mg
Total Carbohydrate
2 g
Dietary Fiber
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Don’t believe what you hear – making gravy isn’t as hard as everyone says. Just start with Betty’s guide to making easy turkey gravy [] and you’ll be ready to go when the big day comes. Take your pick of the many turkey gravy recipe options [], all of which will help you add that perfect homemade touch to your dinner. When the moment for gravy-making arrives, measure your dripping accurately, keep stirring, and stay with it. After just a minute of boiling, it’s time to find the gravy boat and call “dinner is served,” because your gravy from drippings will be ready to go. The perfectly cooked bird and the beautifully whipped mashed potatoes will taste even better when you add a few dollops of your rich and robust turkey gravy. Once you’ve tackled turkey gravy, you can add more favorites to your lineup, including Salisbury Steak with Mushroom Gravy, Chicken à la King, Pork Chops in Country Onion Gravy, Hamburger Gravy and Biscuits with Gravy.
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