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My Mother's Turkey Gravy Recipe


This excellent traditional turkey gravy is great for holiday dinner. This recipe must be made along with My Favorite Turkey and traditional mashed potatoes. Save the water from the potatoes and the stock you made by simmering the turkey giblets in water for 2 hours.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Serves 8-10


  • Turkey drippings from roasted turkey
  • 1 cup potato water from traditional mashed potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 3-4 cups giblet stock
  • salt
  • pepper


Remove the turkey from the roasting pan, remove stuffing, and cover both with foil. Using metal spoon, skim half of the fat off the surface of the drippings and pan juices. Then pour 1 cup potato water into the roasting pan and scrape the bottom of the pan with a spoon, scraping up the brown bits.

Pour this mixture into a heavy saucepan. Place 2 Tbsp. flour and 2 Tbsp. water in a small jar with screw top lid, cover tightly, and shake thoroughly to blend. Add to mixture in saucepan and stir with a wire whisk. Add 3-4 cups giblet stock and stir well. Boil gray over high heat until desired consistency, stirring frequently. Season to taste with salt and pepper. The secret to great gravy is salt. Keep adding, a small amount at a time, stirring, and tasting. When you get the right amount, the gravy will suddenly come to life.

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