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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.

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Make Ahead White Wine Gravy

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 3 makes about cups
Calories Per Serving: 92 kcal

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • 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. Once your turkey has finished roasting, remove the turkey from the roasting pan and strain the liquid into a glass measuring cup. 
    4. 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.

Notes

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. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving, and it was truly amazing! 🤤 Beautiful color and flavor and great to be able to make in advance!!

  2. 5 stars
    This is the. best. tasting. gravy. SO flavorful!! So nice to make ahead too! Saving this and will never make anything else!

  3. How do I use better than bouillon to make this gravy? I think t was on an Insta story and I missed it. Can this be done for beef tenderloin with a beef base and other herbs? Also would I use a red wine for beef?

    1. Hi Jaye,
      Sorry you might be thinking of the wrong person, I’ve never made this with better than bouillon. I have only used this as a turkey gravy. Let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  4. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving this year. My mom made her traditional gravy as well but let’s just say… this one was a hit. It’s sooo delicious and so easy!!

    1. Hi Megan,
      Fantastic! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    First time making gravy, so easy. There was a miscommunication about the roasting pan, so I didn’t get brown bits. I added the wine directly to the gravy and got a couple early ladles of my mother’s turkey stock. Delicious!

    1. Hi Miranda,
      Fantastic! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Have the best week:) xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    I made this recipe for the first time yesterday and my family said it was the best gravy they’d ever had!! It was so delicious and flavorful. I did add some additional herbs because I am not the biggest fan of sage, I added fresh bay leaves, thyme and a sprig of rosemary. 13/10 delicious

    1. Hi Carolyn,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  7. 5 stars
    Made this for the first time this year and it was delicious!!! 100% stress free gravy. Will be my go to gravy for years to come. And…LOVE making it ahead of time knowing there won’t be any lumps in my gravy. 🙌🏻🙌🏻

    1. Hi Jennifer,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

    1. Hi there,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

  8. Made this for the first time this year. I made the base the night before, and finishing up the gravy on Thanksgiving Day was a breeze. And so, so delicious!! This will be my go-to Thanksgiving gravy from now on. Everybody loved it!! Thank you, Tieghan!!

    1. Hey Janet,
      Wonderful!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it! Have a great weekend! xTieghan

    1. Hi Floriana,
      I am so glad that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for trying it out! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  9. 5 stars
    Hi! I made the roux and love the consistency already. We’re smoking our turkey so I can’t use a roasting pan for the second half of the recipe. I plan on adding drippings to the gravy, but I’m wondering if I can simply pour the wine into the gravy too? Or is there another way I should better incorporate it into the roux?

    1. Hi Rose,
      I would just recommend follow the recipe as written, just use a large sauce pan for this step. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  10. I’m so excited to try this! Out of curiosity, do you like to strain out the shallots or leave them in there?

  11. I just finished making the roux for the gravy. By the time I added the broth, the shallots were pretty crispy. Should the shallots still have been more “soft” even at the end? Just not sure if that will affect the flavor? Thank you 🙂

  12. This looks like a great way to simplify Thanksgiving dinner. I have a question. Step 3, in the instructions say ” strain the liquid into a glass measuring cup.” But the only use of this liquid I see in the instructions is its used to thin the gravy, is that correct? Thank you!

    1. Hey Amanda,
      Yes, that is correct. I hope you enjoy this recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Becky,
      You will just have to skip that part. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  13. I just finished making the base and I’m pretty excited at the consistency of it. I always struggle to get gravy perfect while finishing off sides and micro managing carving and everything else. I feel like I have an ace in my pocket!

    1. Hey Jessica,
      I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a try! Have a great week! xTieghan

  14. I normally cook the turkey in a bag, doused and then sealed with a bottle of champagne in it. It leaves an incredibly moist turkey but a ton of liquid in the bag. Any idea how to incorporate this delicious sounding make ahead gravy? Thanks so much!!!

    1. Hey Amanda,
      So sorry, I have not tested this and I’ve never cooked a turkey in a bag so I am not sure on how to advise. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan

  15. I’m a bit confused. Do you strain out the liquid and then pour it all back in the roasting pan and add the white wine to that?

  16. 5 stars
    Hi I made this last year and it was great. Will be making again this year but for a bigger crowd. If I 1.5’d or doubled the recipe, would it lose too much flavor from only having the browned bits from one turkey? A little worried about the flavor profile or it being to watery by needing to add more drippings.

    Thanks!

  17. Hi! This looks delicious but like many, I won’t have drippings. In order to incorporate white wine, would it make sense to add the wine right before the broth (and let it cook off with the shallots/flour a bit)? You also recommended soy sauce as a substitute to build flavor – I assume that will still work nicely if I’m continuing to use the white wine? Thank you so much – my family loves all of your recipes!

    1. Hey Ashley,
      Please read through the entire recipe for how to make this ahead, the dripped will be added the day of in step 3. Please let me know if you have any other questions. xTieghan

  18. Hi! Do you think this would still be great without white wine? Or is there something i can use in replace of it? Thanks

    1. Hey Mabel,
      You can just use broth in place of the wine. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  19. Hi Teigen! I’m so looking forward to making this! I have a question for you. I don’t have a roasting pan and will just cook my (spatchcocked) turkey on a cooling rack in a sheet tray and I also have an induction stovetop so I can’t do your method of putting the roasting pan on the stove to make the gravy. I can just drain the liquid in to a saucepan and scrape up as many crunchy bits on the pan, right? Any reason this won’t work? Thanks!!

    1. Hi Meredith! Yes, you can use vegetable. I would add 1-2 tablespoons soy sauce for unami flavor. That will be great! Happy thanksgiving! xxTieghan

    1. Hey Chelsie! Honestly, I am not not super familiar with smokers so I’m not sure if you’ll get drippings with that! I would imagine so 🙂 xTieghan

    2. Hi! This gravy looks amazing and I will definitely be trying it. For those asking about their turkey on the Traeger – I dry brined and spatchcocked one last year, but left it in the roasting pan and I did get drippings. Planning on doing the same this year.

    3. We smoke our turkey on the Traeger every year. It doesn’t get a whole lot of drippings, but there are some. We cook it in a foil pan for part of the time, then we take it out of the pan and put it straight on the smoker, which is why there are less drippings. We made this gravy last year and didn’t have a whole lot of drippings to add to the gravy, but it was still pretty good.

  20. Hi! Can you please share where your pot and ladle are from in the pictures. Also, I’ve been looking at Staub and was wondering what size pot would be best for serving the gravy the way you have in here in the pictures. And lastly, this recipe says it yields 3 cups of gravy, should that be enough for 24 people (14 adults & 10 children)? Thanks!

  21. Excited to try this for thanksgiving this year! Can you make without the pan drippings? Or something you can put in place?

    1. Hi there! I would make a roux (flour and butter mixed together) and then add chicken broth to the roux whisking slowly to make your gravy without drippings! 🙂 xTieghan

  22. I must try this one. It sounds very delicious. I usually make this gravy after grilling a steak with onions and other vegetables in a skillet. So I don’t add shallots and sage as the juices from grilling the onions and so on are already in there. I also do the roux. It’s my mom’s recipe for gravy.
    Thanks very much for sharing.

  23. I don’t see any instruction of when to add the white wine to the mix… when would you add that?

    And what would you recommend using if you don’t have any pan drippings from a turkey?

  24. 5 stars
    The best gravy. The white wine flavor was amazing and I don’t ever want another gravy without wine. All around great recipe.

    1. Hey Mallory,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, I am thrilled that it worked out for you. Happy Holidays! xTieghan

  25. This gravy is DELICIOUS!! It was my first time making gravy, and I’m not even a huge gravy fan, but it was sooo good! I made it with a roasted chicken and it turned out perfectly.

  26. Hi ! Im french and Id like to make this gravy recipe for Christmas but I will make a Wilington beef, is the white gravy will work with beef ?

    1. Hey Isabelle,
      I’ve never made this gravy to serve with beef, but I think it would be great! I hope you love the recipe:) xTieghan

  27. HELO
    I didn’t know how To make a good gravy before knew this recipe !! Now i’m so Happy mine was delicious !!
    Tks
    Vera

  28. 5 stars
    Best gravy ever….I made ahead added wine and drippings on day of….worked wonderfully…Had not done white wine gravy….taste is perfect. One of the first recipes i tried from you…looking forward to many more. I read your posts weekly.

  29. 5 stars
    I made the base Thanksgiving day a couple hours before dinner. I doubled the amount except for the shallots and sage. It was so delicious. Even picky little eaters loved it . Will make again and it was so easy. I even made your chai pumpkin pie recipe which was also enjoyable with homemade ice cream.

  30. 5 stars
    This gravy was delicious! Made double the recipe with chicken drippings instead of turkey as well as the recommended gluten free substitution and it was insanely good. Thank you so much. Was such a hit.

  31. 5 stars
    This gravy was delicious! We fried a turkey so I didn’t have drippings, but some soy sauce added in was a nice depth of flavor. This was great with the turkey, potatoes, dressing, and Brussel sprouts lol. It’s so good!

  32. This is the best gravy recipe I’ve ever made! I did sub out the white wine for apple cider because…2020 has no rules, but it is delicious and so easy!

    1. Hey Nicole,
      I strain. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hey Teresa,
      Sure you can do that. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions. Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  33. This looks so good! Unfortunately I have a few guests that prefer no alcohol , what you recommend in place of the white wine. I’ve seen a few options such as apple cider vinegar, ginger ale, white wine vinegar and apple juice. I was just curious what you use. Thanks!

  34. This might be a dumb question but, does the wine cook out? Or can I substitute it with something else? 8 months pregnant and while I’d love 1 cup of wine lol, I’m trying to be overly cautious. But this recipe looks amazing!

    1. Hi Sam! The wine will cook out, but if you would rather use something else I suggest turkey or chicken broth! Congratulations on the baby! xTieghan

  35. I have a question we don’t cook a turkey but still love gravy lol. Can I still use this recipe and not do step 3 and somehow do step 4 without the turkey juice?

  36. 5 stars
    This was perfection! I added a splash of brandy at the end, but otherwise followed the recipe. SO GOOD! Truly foolproof gravy and it really works to make it ahead!

    1. Hey Tami,
      Just follow the recipe as is, you will just have to skip the drippings:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Isabela,
      Yes, 3 days and yes you can freeze:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  37. My husband smokes our turkey and it is so wonderful, BUT there are never any pan drippings. Do you have any ideas on what to do? How do you make gravy without pan drippings :((

    1. Hey Missy,
      You can do this recipe without the pan drippings:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  38. Hi! I want to make this for my family this year but we aren’t doing Turkey. I know… crazy! 🥴 We are doing a ham, prime rib and stuffed chickens. Is there a way for me to make the gravy and it be just as delicious without using the roasting pan from a Turkey? Any ideas for me?

    1. Hey Ashley,
      I would just make the gravy as is minus the pan drippings. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  39. This sounds great, can’t wait to try it! how far in advance could I make the gravy? Wondering how long it will keep in the refrigerator. thanks!

    1. Hey Kara,
      You can make up to 3 days in advance. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  40. I too will not have any drippings as I will be buying my turkey this year. So do I just skip steps 3 & 4 altogether, as in omit drippings and white wine? Thx for your help!

    1. Hey Celestin,
      Yes, thats what I would do. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  41. What gravy would compliment a smoked gravy?

    My love a red wine second a blush what do you recommend for Thanksgiving?

    1. Hey there,
      Sorry I have never made a smoked gravy, I like to serve Cabernet Sauvignon. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Nicki,
      I would just follow the recipe as is and omit the drippings part:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  42. This sounds great! I have a pre-made recipe where I roast turkey 4 turkey wings up to 3 days before, along with carrots, celery, and onion. Then I simmer in 8 c chicken of turkey broth, cool and thicken with flour, add white wine seasonings etc. Having the gravy pre-made makes my Thanksgiving pretty carefree! I’m definitely adding fresh sage this year! Love your recipes! Can’t wait to try the cranberry and brie pastry bites. I know those will be amazing, Great ideas, I especially have enjoyed the squash and prosciutto combination on pizza. I haven’ been able to find Burrata around here, but I am going to try making it myself. Food and Wine Magazine has an article on making it at home. Sounds a little fussy, but worth it for Christmas Eve or New years eve! Sounds like its inexpensive to make.

    1. Hi Linda! I am really glad you like this gravy and I hope it turns out well for you if you try it! I love that you are going to try making burrata yourself! That is amazing! Thank you! xTieghan

  43. Would you do anything different if you’re just roasting a chicken, much smaller than a turkey? It’s just two of us this year, hence the chicken. But we can’t miss out on gravy!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Nope, I would follow the recipe as it:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  44. Made this last year! Best gravy I ever made. And love it was done just needing to warm the next day! It will be my go to every year

    1. Hey Mouada,
      You can use additional turkey broth. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  45. 5 stars
    I just made this to prep for Friendsgiving on Saturday. Oh my goodness, it is delicious!! It will be even better after adding the drippings and white wine! I almost feel like I need to make another batch since it was so good! Thank you for the recipe!!

  46. If I get some turkey parts to roast a day or so before Thanksgiving, can I make this even more “make ahead?”

    1. Hey Martina,
      Sure that would work! I hope you enjoy the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Tiffany,
      I would sub vegetarian broth and omit the turkey drippings. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

    1. Hey Meg,
      Yes that would be fine to do. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  47. I’m making a ham instead of a turkey. Is there something I can substitute for the turkey drippings? Would bacon fat work?

    1. Hey Rebecca,
      I haven’t tried that and worry the bacon would be too overwhelming, I would just skip it:) I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you have any other questions! xTieghan

  48. 5 stars
    So good, I made it twice! We had two thanksgiving celebrations this year, and it was so good for the first one that my dad requested I take it to the second one! I omitted the wine for one, because of religious reasons for that side of the family and it still turned out great!

  49. This was the easiest gravy I’ve ever made. I love the make ahead base. All food was served hot due to the quickness of gravy coming together. My family couldn’t stop ooing and awing? THANK YOU!

  50. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was fantastic! Thanks, this helped to make things easier for me, as this was my first time cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner, and it also tasted fantastic!

    1. Hi Larissa, I am sure pureeing will work great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  51. Hello!!!! I have a vegetarian coming to Thanksgiving, so I’m going to try one with veggie broth. How many day’s do you think it will keep once made? I want to do the veggie one a few days ahead if possible. Only if you think it will keep. That way I’m not trying to put two gravy’s together the day of.
    Thanks!

    1. HI Lisa! You can make this 4-5 days ahead of time. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  52. Hi there, one quick question. I think I may have to use an aluminum roasting pan to accommodate my turkey. If I do have to use this, I will not be able to put it on my stove burner. What would be your suggestion in this case?

    1. Hi Colleen! Just simply transfer your turkey drippings to a large pot and then make the gravy in that. This will work great!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  53. Hello, just a question — i have an electric stove top. Would the part of scraping the brown bits from the bottom of the pan still work on electric?

    1. Hey Claudia! Yes, it will work just the same! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xTieghan

  54. Hi! I am wondering if you think this would work without the turkey drippings? We always smoke/grill our turkey and there are never drippings that are usable. Your insight and thoughts would be appreciated! Thank you!!

    1. Hey Kristen! Yes, it works, but it’s a little less flavorful. I would add 1 tablespoon soy sauce to the gravy for an additional flavor boost. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  55. I plan on making this gravy recipe this year! Do you have a favorite white wine for this? I’m also going to purchase the gluten free flour you recommended!

    1. Hi Colleen! I love using Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  56. 5 stars
    Could please tell me how many batches of this wonderful gravy you would make for 70 people?
    It is a mixture of 2/3rds adult and 1/3 children.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Pam! I would make 3 batches to serve 70 people. If you want to place it really safe, make 4. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

  57. Hi Teighan! Long time listener, first time caller. Would this still work if using beef broth? Or would the white wine clash with the beef flavor? I have some beef bones from the butcher and would like to use homemade stock for this.

    Thank you! Love the blog.

    1. Hey Rose! I think beef broth will be great and pairs nicely with the wine. Fun idea!! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan

    1. hi! Yes! I would recommend cup4cup GF flour. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe! Thank you! xTieghan ???

  58. 5 stars
    The recipe is amazing. the best part is the video. Thank you very much I will cook this for my family.

  59. 5 stars
    This was the BEST gravy I have ever had and love that the base could be made ahead of time. Do you have one for beef as well?

    1. HI! No beef gravy, but I would thin you could just swap the chicken broth with beef broth. Please let me know if you have any other questions. So glad you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Holidays!! xTieghan ?

  60. 5 stars
    This recipe totally saved me…I had these glorious plans of making my turkey in this stunning copper roasting pan but of course the one I ordered turned out to be on backorder and I had to settle for a rack in one of those single use aluminum trays. It turned out but I knew I wouldn’t be able to put the aluminum on a stove top and scrape up all those flavorful bits. This gravy made it possible for me to have gravy! I made it a couple days ahead and just added a little of the broth/drippings after the turkey came out. I would definitely use this base again but I would cut down on the shallots. (Maybe mine were on the larger side but I found it to be a little too strong)

  61. 5 stars
    I used this for Thanksgiving and we had exceptional gravy this year…and so easy!made ahead, stored in the frig, when time came, I put in a saute pan and added drippings. Because we had so many drippings, I actually added a little flour. So, so good.I never care about the color of gravy, just how it tastes!
    Thank you for such an excellent recipe and a really great idea!

  62. 5 stars
    So I have been making gravy for a long time and have tried several different techniques including the part about scraping the bits off the pan with wine. Having lived in New Orleans for almost 12 years and getting tips from Mom-in-Law and every aunt, Nana, friend etc. but for what ever reason this is by far the BEST gravy I have ever made! Thank you!

  63. 5 stars
    Thank you, Tieghan, Wonderful recipe. Used this for Thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved it. Making the base ahead made everything so much easier. You are my go to blog now when I need a recipe. Keep up the good work.

  64. 5 stars
    This recipe saved the day! So nice to not scramble at end of a long cooking day to make the gravy!!! Will do this every Thanksgiving from now on. Delicious even before adding turkey drippings at end. Hooray!

  65. 5 stars
    I don’t think people normally rave about gravy on Thanksgiving… EXCEPT this year! Everyone in my family absolutely loved this recipe and it was insanely easy to make given the prep you can do in advance. The deglazing of the pan also aided in the dishwashing – win! Thank you for this delicious recipe – 5 stars. 🙂

    1. Hey Nicole! It is easier to strain this before storing. Please let me know if you have other questions. I really hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hi! This will serves around 8 people. Please let me know if you have other questions. I really hope you love this recipe! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  66. If I’m not using drippings at what point would I add the wine since I won’t be using it in the roasting pan? Thanks!

    1. HI! Add the wine with the broth and simmer an additional 10 minutes. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hey Emily! It still works without the drippings, but it’s not as rich in flavor. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  67. We use one of those disposable tin roasting pans for our turkey, so I can’t use it on the stovetop. Can I strain the drippings from the pan and use those to make the gravy instead of the bits that are stuck in the pan? Or is there another good way to get all that turkey flavor?

    1. Hi! Yes, just strain the drippings from the pan and use those to make the gravy. That will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  68. I would love to have a gluten-free suggestion as well. Would possibly cornstarch work with this make-ahead gravy? Thanks for all your wonderful recipes this Thanksgiving.

    1. Hey Nine, I am sure using cornstarch will be just fine! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  69. Have you ever tried making this with gluten free flour (or something like almond flour, or other GF flour substitute)? My sister has celiac, in the past I’ve gotten her a separate GF gravy but would love to try this out GF! I’m just not sure if it would thicken the same way? Any suggestions? Thanks!

    1. Hi there! I have not tested with GF flour, but I do think it would work well. Or you can try using cornstarch. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hey Alli! I recommend using chicken or turkey broth in place of the wine. That works great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much and happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    1. Hey kendra! I like to use Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  70. Definitely adding this to the recipe list for Thanksgiving! Do you have a recommendation for what type of white wine is best to use?

    1. HI! I like using Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. Hey Kelly, If you want to be safe I would triple it, but I think doubling it should be fine. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. Hey Alexa! You can use 2 teaspoons of dried sage. That will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. HI! I am sure veggie broth will be great! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  71. What kind of oven dish do you cook your Turkey in? I don’t have an oven pan that’s safe to put on my coil stove burners. but can buy one. Thank you.

  72. 5 stars
    I miss trying tonight with pan fried pork chops and smashed potatoes. Will let you know if it turns out. I plan on using pan drippings of course. I am SO thankful for a make ahead gravy!!

  73. Gravy is one of my favourite foods. Does it count as a food? On mash, on Yorkshire puddings (please do a recipe for Yorkshire puddings or toad in holes!!!), on pizza crust (yeah…)…on anything. GRavy.

  74. This recipe looks amazing and I wanted to ask you opinion on using it as a spicy gravy. Every Thanksgiving we make a spicy turkey (injected with butter, pepper and Tabasco), and deep fry it. The resulting drippings are really spicy, and we like to incorporate it into a spicy gravy. Do you think this base would lend itself well to spices? I’m looking for a good, flavorful base that we can add those spicy drippings to.

    1. HI! I think the spicy based sounds so delicious. It will work great with this gravy! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

    1. Hey Jessi, that’s ok! Just make the gravy minus the drippings. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  75. How much of the liquid from the turkey drippings do you use? Is it used only for thinning the gravy? Thanks

    1. Hi Teresa! The broth from the roasting pan is only used for thinning out the gravy, you should use around 1/2-1 cup of the broth from the roasting pan. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  76. This looks amazing! I am having a party this week and want to make this gravy, but will not be roasting a turkey. Can I substitute something else for the turkey drippings?

    1. HI! You can just omit the drippings. It will not be quite as flavorful, but still delicious. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  77. This looks wonderful and I plan to try this recipe, You may be aware of a TOP quality product in the broth/bouillon catergory called Better than Bouillon. It is the GO TO for all major chefs ( Ellen’s, Oprah’s etc). It is not just sodium which is basically what all box or cube are. If it is chicken bouillon, CHICKEN is the first listed ingredient. Same with the beef, lobster, vegetable bouillon. Another major difference ( as if that is not enough)is the way this product is used. It is a paste that you reconstitute with water. The remainder of the jar can be stored in the refrigerator for 6 months( YES) to be used in all your cooking. The box must be discarded ( even with refrigeration) within 7 days of opening as bacteria will begin to grow. So while it may initially costs more, in the end it does not and it is a FAR superior product. It comes in many flavors and also lower sodium for the chicken . I hope that you try it and let me know what you think. LOVE your posts and that you are young and taking food prep and cooking to the next level for home cooks. Thanks!

  78. This new Make ahead Gravy seems soooo much easier, than the original White Wine Gravy! I had difficulty with the original recipe, as you can see below from 2 years ago! I’m hoping this year the gravy won’t be sooo dark!!. Do you still recommend after you strain the liquid from the roasting pan & letting it settle, to place in the freezer for 10 min., like the original recipe states?

    Leslie Carpenter
    December 28, 2016 at 2:54 AM

    I am glad to hear that your gravy was dark brown too, not like the photo! I did have a lot of brown bits on the bottom of the pan, so hence, maybe that is why the gravy was so dark. Any tips to have the gravy color like the photo? The gravy is very good, so I can now rest easy!!! Thank you again for a fabulous recipe!!
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    halfbakedharvest
    December 28, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Hey Leslie! Just use less of the brown bits. Thanks!

    1. Hey Leslie! You can strain the the liquid, but you don’t have to as you will not be using all of it from the pan. Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan

  79. Yes, freezing works really well! Please let me know if you have any other questions. I hope you love this recipe. Thanks so much! xTieghan