A turkey dinner is incomplete without turkey gravy. Make a smooth and rich turkey giblet gravy using this recipe that can be poured over turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more.
A turkey giblet gravy is made with turkey neck, heart, and gizzard from inside the turkey and flavored with fresh sage and onions. The preparation of this recipe takes only 10 minutes and it is left to cook for two hours and 20 minutes.
This turkey giblet gravy yields three to four cups of gravy, which is good enough for 8 to 10 servings. You can make this turkey giblet gravy recipe ahead of time and refrigerate it or freeze it.
In the sections below, I will take you through the step-by-step process of making a turkey giblet gravy recipe. I will also tell you how to store the gravy the right way to make the best use of it.
Other Thanksgiving Recipes That You Can Try
- Salt Crusted Turkey
- Apple Cider Brined Turkey
- BBQ Turkey
- Turkey Sandwich
- Turkey Melt
- Hot Turkey Sandwich
- Turkey And Cheese Sandwich
- Grandma’s Cranberry Sauce
- Grandma’s Corn Pudding
- Turkey Carcass Soup
What Equipment Will You Need To Make Turkey Giblet Gravy?
- Saucepan – A saucepan will be required to make the gravy.
- Ladle – A ladle will be needed to stir the gravy.
- Knife – A knife will help chop the giblets.
- Cutting Board – A cutting board will be required to chop mirepoix and giblets.
How Much Time Will You Need To Make Turkey Giblet Gravy?
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|10 Minutes||2 Hours 20 Minutes||2 Hours 30 Minutes|
What Ingredients Will You Need To Make Turkey Giblet Gravy?
- Chicken Stock – If you have the time, the best way to make your turkey giblet gravy is to make your own stock. You can do so by browning the chopped carcass and neck of your turkey and simmering it with vegetables. But you can also use water or chicken stock that will make a flavorful base for the gravy. So, whatever you choose, you will need five cups of water, chicken stock, or turkey stock.
- Giblets – To make the giblet soup, you will need one turkey neck, heart, and gizzard of the turkey. While many recipes also use liver, we will not be using it.
- Onion – To add an umami flavor, we will need ½ medium onion, coarsely chopped.
- Bay Leaf – To add depth to the gravy, we will need one bay leaf.
- Reserved Fat or Butter – To make the most of the flavors from the giblets, we will need ¼ cup of reserved fat from the roasting pan. If you don’t want to use this, you can use ¼ cup of melted butter.
- All-Purpose Flour – To thicken the gravy, we will need ⅓ cup all-purpose flour.
- Sage – To infuse earthy, minty, and peppery flavors in the turkey giblet gravy, we will need one tablespoon of finely chopped fresh sage.
- Salt – No recipe is complete without the use of salt. You can adjust the amount of kosher salt required according to taste.
- Black Pepper – To add a punch of heat, you can also add freshly ground black pepper to taste.
Steps To Make Turkey Giblet Gravy
1. Prepare The Stock
To make the stock for the gravy, gather all the ingredients. In a large saucepan, add water/Chicken broth/ turkey broth, turkey neck, heart, gizzard, onion, and bay leaf. Bring it to a boil over high heat and reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for 2 hours. Strain and reserve the turkey stock.
2. Make The Gravy
Finely chop the giblets and set them aside. When the turkey is done roasting, remove the fat from the roasting pan. Put the fat or melted butter (if you prefer that over the fat) in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook, whisking, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the prepared stock, a cup at a time, while whisking.
Bring the mixture to a simmer and keep whisking it. At this point, you can scrape any browned bits and juices from the bottom of the roasting pan in which you cooked the turkey and add it to the gravy. Any pieces of onions, celery, etc., in the roasting pan, can also be added for extra flavor. Reduce the heat and simmer the gravy for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Strain the vegetables, if used, and add the reserved giblets and sage. Season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper.
Tips and Variations To Make Turkey Giblet Gravy
- If you plan to use store-bought stock, try simmering it down with some roughly chopped onions, carrots, celery, bay leaves, peppercorns, and some fresh herbs, like thyme or parsley stems. This will add depth to your gravy.
- To make the turkey giblet gravy more flavorful, you can also add herbs like parsley, thyme, or rosemary during the last 20 minutes while it simmers.
- If you find that the gravy isn’t thick enough for you, you can make a slurry using one tablespoon of cornstarch (or flour) and one to two tablespoons of water. Mix it until smooth. Add the slurry mixture to the simmering gravy and continue to cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
- You can also omit adding the chopped giblets if you desire.
- To make your gravy more flavorful, you can add all the flavorful liquids that the turkey releases while roasting. Moreover, all the browned bits found in the roasting pan, called the fonds, can also be added to the gravy to enhance flavors.
How To Store Turkey Giblet Gravy?
You can prepare the turkey giblet gravy well in advance before serving it. To use prepared or leftover gravy within three or four days, you can refrigerate the gravy in an airtight container.
You can also freeze the turkey giblet gravy by transferring the cooled gravy to freezer bags. You can freeze these bags for up to four months. To consume the gravy, you can defrost it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat it in a saucepan.
How To Use Turkey Giblet Gravy?
Now that your turkey giblet gravy is ready, it’s time to use it to make a delectable meal. Turkey giblet gravy can be poured over roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffings, hot turkey sandwiches, eggs, and cornbread dressing.
|Saturated Fat||4 grams|
|Vitamin C||0 milligrams|
What Will Turkey Giblet Gravy Look And Taste Like?
Turkey giblet gravy is a smooth and rich gravy that tastes absolutely amazing. Each piece of giblet and mirepoix (onion, celery, carrots), spices, and herbs brings its own flavor to the table.
Turkey Giblet Gravy Recipe
- 1 Turkey neck, heart, and gizzard from inside the turkey, but not the liver
- ½ medium Onion, coarsely chopped
- ¼ cup Reserved Fat from a roasting pan, or Melted Unsalted Butter
- 1 tablespoon Fresh Sage, finely chopped
- ⅓ cup All-Purpose Flour
- 5 cups Water (or chicken stock for a richer flavor)
- 1 Bay Leaf
- Kosher Salt, to taste
- Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
- To make the base for the gravy, in a large saucepan, add water/ chicken stock/turkey stock, turkey neck, heart, gizzard, onion, and bay leaf.
- Bring the ingredients to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, and cover and simmer the stock for 2 hours.
- Strain the stock and finely chop the giblets (neck meat, heart, and gizzard) and set aside.
- When the turkey is done roasting, remove the fat from the roasting pan.
- Put the fat or melted butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Add the flour and cook by whisking it until golden. This should take you about 5 minutes.
- Add the stock to the flour, one cup at a time, while whisking it.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer and keep whisking it at regular intervals.
- Scrape all the browned bits and juices from the bottom of the roasting pan and put them into the gravy. To add extra flavor, you can also add the used onions, celery, etc., used while roasting the turkey.
- Reduce the heat and simmer the gravy for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Strain the vegetables, if used, and add the reserved giblets and sage.
- Season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper.
- Your turkey giblet gravy is ready to be used.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I use turkey giblets?
Turkey giblets are most commonly used to make turkey giblet gravy.
How long should giblets be cooked?
Once your stock is prepared, chopped giblets should be simmered in it for at least 45 minutes.
Are turkey giblets good for you?
Turkey giblets contain several vitamins which are essential for brain function and forming white blood cells.
What parts of the giblets do you not use in turkey giblet gravy?
Of all the giblets, the liver is not used to make turkey giblet gravy. It imparts a bitter taste.
How can we store turkey giblet gravy?
To use turkey giblet gravy for three or four days, you can refrigerate it in an airtight container. Or else, you can freeze it for up to four months.
Turkey giblet gravy is a flavorful gravy that can be drizzled over many things. Try out this simple recipe and tell me how it turned out to be in the comments sections.