Gluten-free and flour-free, this classic gravy doesn’t rely on any sort of powdered white stuff for its velvety smooth texture.
Instead – turkey drippings, a dash of nutmeg, and a blender transform slowly cooked onions and broth into a gravy that everyone can enjoy.
Guaranteed, you’ll start feeling the holiday spirit once you dress up bits of butter rubbed turkey with spoonfuls of gravy or ladle our magic sauce over a helping of creamy mashed potatoes.
- 1h 20m
- 3 onions
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp. sage
- 2 tbsp. duck fat, ghee or butter
- 1 tsp. coarse sea salt, plus more to taste
- 3 c turkey stock, or chicken stock
- 2 bay leaves
- turkey drippings
- 1/2 tsp. white pepper, plus more to taste
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. arrowroot, optional thickener
- While your bird is roasting, dice onions. Mince the garlic and sage.
- Melt the duck fat, ghee or butter in a large pan over medium heat. When fat is shimmering, add onions, sautéing until soft. Add the salt and stir.
- Add broth and bay leaves. Simmer broth to reduce by two thirds. This will take approx. 45 minutes – 1 hour. Remove bay leaves and set aside.
- With the bird removed from the pan to rest and be carved, place the roasting pan over medium high heat on the stovetop. Pour some of the concentrated broth to deglaze the pan - use a wooden spatula to scrape the browned bits off the bottom of the pan, taking care not to splash yourself with hot fat. Slowly pour in the rest of the concentrated stock.
- Add minced sage, white pepper, nutmeg, butter and additional sea salt to taste.
- Use a blender or immersion blender to bring gravy to a velvety consistency. At this point, test the thickness of your gravy. If you like the consistency, salt and pepper to taste and serve. If you want a thicker gravy, mix arrowroot with double the amount of cold filtered water. Slowly pour into the broth while continuing to simmer and stir until gravy is thickened. If gravy becomes too thick, simply add a bit of water or stock.