25 November 2008

My Thanksgiving Gravy

Here is what I did last year for my gravy. I am changing it a bit this year, so I'll have to see how it goes. However, according to a trial gravy I made using chicken stock, it should turnout pretty good.

What you will need...

Turkey drippings
Butter...unsalted, please
Cardamom...To taste
Salt/Chicken Bullion Cube (crushed)...To taste
Pepper...To taste
For adding the flour and the butter, I use a 1:1 ratio...1 Tbsp of butter to 1 Tbsp of flour to 1 Cup of liquid. I will be writing this recipe to accommodate 3 Cups of turkey drippings...

The Gravy Groove...

  • Try and separate the fat from the turkey drippings

  • In a sauce pan over medium heat, melt 3 Tbsp butter

  • Once melted, add 3 Tbsp of flour and whisk to combine

    • Now is decision time. How dark do you want your gravy, because the longer you stay at this step, the darker your gravy will be. I like my gravy the same color as my hair, blond. So, I whisk over medium heat for about 5 minutes

  • Once you reach your desired color, slowly add the 3 cups of turkey drippings; whisking constantly

  • add pepper and cardamom (cardamom has a rather strong flavor, so I like to start with this small amount and continue adding until I reach the desired flavor...start with a 1/2 tsp

  • Continue adding the pepper and cardamom, until you are happy with the flavor.

  • Continue whisking until the gravy boils (This is when it will reach its full thickening potential)

  • You should end up with a very tasty, lump-free gravy

  • If you need to delay service, take some plastic wrap and set it directly on top of the gravy. This will help prevent the wonderful "skin" from forming


Gravy seems to be missing something...I usually crush a chicken bouillon cube and add it to the gravy. This seems to correct the problem. If not, try adding some chicken stock or experiment with a little crushed sage or a very tiny amount of mace.

Gravy is not thick enough...In a separate bowl spoon in about a half cup of your gravy and whisk an additional Tbsp of flour. Once well incorporated and no lumps visible, add it back into the main gravy and whisk well. Bring to a boil. If this does not thicken it to your liking, repeat until you get the your desired consistency.

What I am doing different this year...

I am replacing the cardamom with a spice called Grains of Paradise. I purchase it whole and then grind the amount I will use. My "trial run" with the chicken stock turned out very well, so I figured I would give it a shot on the Big Day. I'll let you know how it goes.

Of interest...How to Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey


  1. arielle: Thank you, I'll pass that along to him:)

  2. We're drooling all over our Floof!

    Sniffie and the Florida Furkids

  3. Gandalf and Grayson: Thanks and have a terrific Thanksgiving:)

    Furkidsmom: Thank you, try and leave some turkey for mommy. Have a great Thanksgiving:-)

  4. Sparky: My pleasure, I really enjoy stopping by. I'll let Koko know you think he's cool. You have a great Thanksgiving, too.

  5. I'm enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner posts! And I love the pictures of Koko! Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. BeadedTail: Thank you and I'll tell Koko...His head is getting so big from this, he is getting difficult to live with now. He expects us to let him claw the sofa. Why, because he thinks he is a celebrity:) Have a great Thanksgiving!!

  7. Oh my sounds yummy!! Everyone is away from here today so I am not cooking. Could you send me some via the virtual world?

    Happy Thanksgiving!!:-)

  8. Happy Thanksgiving
    Thank you for the recipe. While reading it I unexpectedly grasped how little we need to enjoy the life in full and be happy indeed : sharing of the cooking secrets is the sharing of love-care with other. in other words, Love is the main ingredient of the gravy that makes our everyday being worthy thanksgiving.
    Thanks once again.

  9. Sounds Yummy!
    Have a wonderful holiday!

  10. Shinade: It would be my pleasure. There is lots left over (24 pound turkey this year):)

    Tomas Karkalas: I never thought of it like that, but you're right. I share these recipes and ideas because I care about those who read them. Thank you for that thought and have a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours:-)

    Unbalanced Libra: Thank you. Happy Holiday to you as well:)

    Lux: Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Hope you had a great, turkey-filled day:-)

  11. Thanks - we had lots of turkey. :)

    Your spinach artichoke casserole was a big hit with the beans, but it sure filled them up! They're *still full ...

  12. Lux: I'm very glad your beans liked it. They're still feeling full, sounds like nap time to me:)

  13. Have a great Thanksgiving, Thanks for the Entre drops, cool cat by the way.


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  14. I like the pictures of your cat. Cute! ;-)

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