Make Ahead Turkey Gravy
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Roasted turkey drumsticks, celery, onion and garlic make a hearty stock that you create for Make Ahead Turkey Gravy. It's easy and delicious and can be made days ahead of Thanksgiving.
Recipe type: Sauces
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6 cups
For Turkey Stock
  • 4 turkey drumsticks
  • 8 ribs of celery
  • 2 onions, cut into chunks
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • 12 cups water
For Turkey Gravy
  • 1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
  • ½ cup flour
  • 4 cups turkey stock, strained and defatted
  • 1 cup whole milk or light cream
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon of marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large roasting pan, arrange turkey drumsticks, celery, onion, and garlic. Roast on the lower rack of the oven for 2 hours.
  2. Remove from oven.
  3. Transfer to a large dutch oven and add 2 cups of water to the roasting pan to deglaze the drippings. Add it along with 10 cups of water to the drumsticks and vegetable in the pot. Bring it to a boil and then decrease the heat to low to medium low and simmer uncovered for 2 hours. The stock will reduce.
  4. Strain the stock into a large bowl. Place it in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and remove the fat that collects on the top of the stock.
  5. In Dutch oven, melt butter and whisk in the flour. Cook and stir constantly over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes until it's thick and bubbly.
  6. Whisk in the defatted turkey stock and cook until thick. Add milk, marjoram, salt and pepper.
  7. Keep warm,(but don't boil) and serve.
About 4 hours before I serve my already made gravy, I add it to a slow-cooker and set it to low. Then I ladle warm gravy into a gravy boat to serve.
Recipe by Cheery Kitchen at