Get-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Get-Ahead Turkey Gravy


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About this recipe: An excellent Christmas turkey gravy recipe that can be made AHEAD of time, saving loads of stress on Christmas day. This turkey gravy will keep for three months when frozen in an airtight container.


Serves: 32 

  • 6 turkey wings (or other turkey parts)
  • 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
  • 250ml water
  • 2 litres chicken stock, divided
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Ready in:2hr30min 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Arrange a single layer of turkey wings in a large roasting tin. Scatter the onions over the top of the wings. Roast in the preheated oven for 1-1/4 hours or until wings are browned.
  2. Place browned wings and onions in a 5 litre pan. Add water to roasting tin and stir, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the tin. Pour the the water from the tin into the 5 litre pan. Stir in 1.5 litres of the stock, carrot and thyme. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 1-1/2 hours.
  3. Remove wings from the pot and place on a cutting board. When the wings are cool, pull off the skin and meat. Discard the skin and save the meat for another use. Sieve contents of pan through a large sieve into a 3 litre saucepan. Press on the vegetables to extract any remaining liquid. Discard the vegetables and skim the fat off the liquid. Bring the contents of the pot to a gentle boil.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk flour into the remaining chicken stock until smooth. Gradually whisk the flour mixture into the simmering turkey broth; simmer 3-4 minutes or until the gravy has thickened. Stir in the butter and pepper. Serve immediately or pour into containers and refrigerate or freeze.


To halve this turkey gravy recipe, follow these measures:
3 turkey wings
1 medium onion
125ml water
1 litre chicken stock
1 carrot
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
50g plain flour
1 tablespoon butter
pinch black pepper

How to make turkey gravy

For easy step-by-step instructions, see our How to make turkey gravy article.

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