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This make ahead white wine gravy is my secret to a stress free and delicious Thanksgiving meal. Rich, smooth, and so incredibly easy, this gravy can’t be beat. Made with a base of butter, shallots, fresh sage, and broth, and finished with the drippings form your Thanksgiving turkey.

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Did I ever tell you about that time that I throughly failed at make the gravy for the Thanksgiving meal? It was just last year, and I was serving not just my immediate family, but my grandpa, aunts, uncles, and cousins. So over thirty people.

I was cooking out of my grandma’s kitchen, which in my defense was not anywhere near set up to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for thirty plus people. Somehow, someway, we did, but the gravy? I messed that up, and bad. It was greasy and lumpy and I still cringe thinking about it.

This year, my gravy is going to be perfect. No lumpy, greasy gravy. I’m serving the same amount of people, but cooking in my kitchen at the new studio barn. It’s going to be great, I’m so excited. I perfected the best make-ahead gravy, that’s truly so delicious. It’s true, my family has already approved…because we’ve now had Thanksgiving dinner three times this past week…

Here are the details.

Start by making the gravy base. This is really just a simple mix of butter, shallots (the secret), sage, flour, and high quality broth (I use low-sodium chicken broth). It’s your basic roux, but it makes for the perfect gravy “base”. You can keep the base stored in the fridge for a few days, so it’s perfect to make-ahead.

When it’s ready to serve, and you’ve roasted up your holiday turkey, take the roasting pan and place it on the stove. Add a splash of white wine and scrape up all those delicious browned bits from the roasting pan. Let the wine simmer and reduce slightly, then add the gravy base, whisking until smooth. Adding the base right to the roasting pan with all the turkey drippings gives you the rich flavors that your gravy needs. But without any of the stress of making the gravy from scratch. Trust me, making this gravy ahead will relieve so much stress on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a game changer.

Check out our full 2018 Thanksgiving menu here.

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Make Ahead White Wine Gravy

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories Per Serving: 281 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened and fragrant. Add the sage and continue cooking another 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the shallots, stirring for 1-2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil, boil 5 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Strain, if desired. 
    2. Allow the gravy to cool, then store the gravy base in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
    3. To finish the gravy.
    Option 1: warm on the stove adding additional broth to think and a 1 tablespoon worcheshire or soy sauce.
    Optional 2: Once your turkey has finished roasting, remove the turkey from the roasting pan and strain the liquid into a glass measuring cup. 
    Place the roasting pan over two burners. Add the wine and bring to a boil,  scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Simmer for 3-4 minutes or until the wine has reduced slightly. Reduce the heat to low and slowly whisk in the gravy base. Simmer until the gravy is smooth and thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. If needed, thin the gravy with the reserve broth from the roasting pan. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm.


To Make Gluten Free: Use an equal amount of your favorite gluten free flour blend in place of the all-purpose flour. I recommend Cup4Cup gluten free flour
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  1. 4 stars
    I did this a little backwards, but it still came out great. I had some drippings from a turkey breast that I made within the past week, which I wanted to incorporate with this. I started the cooking process with the butter and shallots. Then I was like “Uh oh, I’m planning to have this for dinner tonight”. So, since there was no mention of the wine in option 1, I added it to the butter and shallots. Then I reduced it down, which actually did a good job of further caramelizing the shallots. I added the flour and let it cook for about 2 minutes, stirring often, then added two cups total of the reserved drippings/turkey broth, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. It’s really very flavorful, and I seriously believe that shallots make everything more delicious……lol. Hope this makes sense, because I plan to do the same thing again when I need turkey gravy in the future!

  2. Hi Tieghan, I made a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner this year. It was fabulous! I was so proud. Thanks to your wonderful recipes. The gravy turned out perfect. I made the base the day before. I’m planning on making the croissant mushroom stuffing again this weekend. My son is vegetarian so I will be using vegetable broth. I’m wondering if you think the gravy will turn out good with vegetable broth and of course no drippings. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving…did the make ahead part the day before and just added some pan drippings (I didn’t add the wine to the pan though since I was running short on time…I just added some of the liquid from the turkey) and it was amazing! Will make again and maybe next time I’ll actually get the good bits from the pan 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious. I am so glad to have your make-ahead two-part system. I made turkey broth with the back and fixings but forgot to roast the bones first. I was disappointed that the gravy was so light in color, but the flavor was yummy. There is no reason to add to the stress of a holiday meal by making gravy while the protein sits when you can make 99% the day before.

    1. Hi Kym,
      I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback! So glad to hear it was enjoyed, sorry about the coloring! xT