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Turkey Giblet Gravy

Turkey Giblet Gravy: A Delicious Addition to Your Holiday Feast

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning your holiday feast. While the turkey takes center stage on the table, there’s another dish that can elevate your meal to new heights: turkey giblet gravy. This rich and flavorful sauce is the perfect accompaniment to your roasted bird, adding depth and complexity to each bite. But what exactly are giblets, and how do you make this delectable gravy? Let’s dive in and explore the world of turkey giblet gravy.

What are giblets?

Giblets are the edible organs found inside the cavity of a turkey. They typically include the heart, liver, gizzard, and neck. While some may shy away from cooking with these parts, they are a hidden gem of flavor that shouldn’t be overlooked. The giblets, when properly prepared, can add a savory richness to your gravy that will have your guests coming back for seconds.

Preparing the giblets

Before you can make the gravy, you’ll need to prepare the giblets. Start by removing them from the cavity of the turkey and setting them aside. Rinse them thoroughly under cold water to remove any excess blood. Once clean, you can choose to cook them whole or chop them into smaller pieces, depending on your preference.

The secret to a flavorful gravy

The key to a flavorful gravy lies in the cooking process. Start by sautéing some onions, carrots, and celery in a large saucepan until they become soft and fragrant. This aromatic base will add depth and complexity to your gravy. Next, add the giblets and cook them until they are browned on all sides. This step helps to develop a rich flavor profile.

Building the gravy

Once the giblets are browned, it’s time to add the liquid. You can use a combination of water, chicken broth, or even the drippings from the roasted turkey. The choice is yours. Simmer the mixture for a couple of hours, allowing the flavors to meld together. As the liquid reduces, the flavors will become more concentrated, resulting in a deliciously rich gravy.

Straining and thickening

After simmering, it’s time to strain the gravy to remove any solids. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing down on the solids to extract as much flavor as possible. The strained liquid can then be returned to the saucepan. To thicken the gravy, you can use a roux, which is a mixture of equal parts fat and flour. Cook the roux until it turns a golden brown color, then slowly whisk it into the liquid, stirring constantly until the gravy thickens to your desired consistency.

Serving and storing

Once your turkey giblet gravy is ready, it’s time to serve it alongside your roasted bird. Pour it into a gravy boat and let your guests help themselves. If you have any leftovers, you can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. Simply reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave when ready to use.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I make giblet gravy without using the giblets?

Yes, you can still make a delicious gravy using just the turkey drippings. However, using the giblets adds an extra layer of flavor and richness.

2. How long does it take to cook the giblets?

The giblets can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to cook, depending on the size and how you choose to prepare them.

3. Can I freeze the gravy?

Yes, you can freeze the gravy for up to three months. Just make sure to cool it completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container.

4. Can I use the giblets from a store-bought turkey?

Absolutely! Store-bought turkeys often come with the giblets included. Just check the cavity of the turkey for the giblet package.

5. Can I use the giblets from a different bird?

While the recipe is specifically for turkey giblet gravy, you can also use the giblets from other poultry, such as chicken or duck.

6. Can I make the gravy ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the gravy ahead of time and reheat it when ready to use. Just make sure to store it properly in the refrigerator or freezer.

7. Can I use the gravy for other dishes?

Absolutely! This gravy is versatile and can be used to enhance the flavor of other dishes, such as mashed potatoes, stuffing, or even as a sauce for sandwiches.

8. Can I make a vegetarian version of giblet gravy?

Yes, you can! Simply omit the giblets and use vegetable broth or mushroom stock instead. The result will still be a delicious gravy with a rich flavor.

In conclusion

Turkey giblet gravy is a simple yet flavorful addition to your holiday feast. By utilizing the giblets and following the steps outlined above, you can create a gravy that will elevate your roasted turkey to new heights. Whether you’re a seasoned cook or a novice in the kitchen, this delicious sauce is sure to impress your guests and leave them craving more. So get ready to wow your family and friends with a homemade turkey giblet gravy that will have them coming back for seconds!

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Turkey Giblet Gravy

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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 2


  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 turkey neck , reserved from the turkey and cut in half
  • 1 turkey backbone , reserved from the turkey and cut in half
  • 1 set of giblets , reserved from the turkey
  • 1 small onion , quartered
  • 1 medium carrot , quartered
  • 1 stalk celery , quartered
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp potato starch
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  • To make the giblet stock:
  • Heat the oil in a large stockpot over medium heat until it begins to shimmer.
  • Add the neck and backbone to the pot and saut√© for 5 to 6 minutes, or until they are browned.
  • Add the giblets, onion, carrot, celery, and kosher salt to the pot.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables are softened, which should take around 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Pour in the water and add the thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, and black peppercorns.
  • Cover the pot and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat.
  • Once boiling, uncover the pot, reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for 1 1/2 hours, or until the stock reduces to 3 cups.
  • Strain the stock through a fine mesh strainer and allow it to cool slightly.
  • Discard all the solids except for the giblets. Chop the giblets and set them aside.
  • To make the giblet gravy:
  • Place 2 cups of the giblet stock in a saucier over medium heat.
  • In a jar with a tightly fitted lid, combine 1/2 cup of cool stock with the all-purpose flour.
  • Shake the jar vigorously until the starch dissolves and no lumps remain.
  • Gradually add the flour slurry to the stock
Keyword Gravy, Holiday, Poultry, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Turkey, Turkey Recipes
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