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How to Make Gravy (It’s So Easy!)

Updated September 15, 2017
Just like grandma used to make, only better. This gravy is so good, you’ll want to pour it on everything.


Am I allowed to say that gravy is one of the most important parts of Thanksgiving dinner? It certainly is in my eyes.

Think about it: if there were no gravy, what in the world would you drizzle on just about everything? The turkey wouldn’t be as luscious, the stuffing wouldn’t have that extra layer of flavor, and don’t even get me started on mashed potatoes without gravy. No.

How to Make White Gravy

This foolproof recipe is so easy you don’t have to stress about one more thing on Thanksgiving day. Here’s how you do it.

White Gravy

Place 2 tablespoons turkey drippings in skillet. If you don’t have enough, you can melt butter for your base.

Turkey drippings in a skillet on the stove top

Stir in 2 tablespoons of flour. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture is slightly thickened and light golden brown. Be sure to cook at least one full minute to make sure your gravy doesn’t taste like raw flour.

Whisk flour into drippings

Gradually stir in ½ cup broth, or water in a pinch, plus ½ cup half-and-half. You could also use whole or 2-percent milk—your final gravy just won’t be as creamy. Heat to boiling over medium heat, stirring constantly with whisk. Boil and stir about 1 minute more or until gravy thickens. Season gravy with ¼ teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. If gravy is too thick, stir in more milk until desired consistency.

How to Make Gravy for a Crowd

For when you’re really low on time and ingredients, this gravy recipe is here to save the day. Just use your turkey drippings, Progresso chicken broth, flour and some water and you’ll have enough gravy for at least 22 people ready in 15 minutes!

To make the gravy, you’ll need the drippings from the bird. Here’s our foolproof tutorial for how to cook a turkey—you got this!