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Quick and Easy Make Ahead Gravy

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Although I’ve written a cookbook and have been writing hundreds of recipes over the past 10+ years, I’m (admittedly) not very good at roasting a turkey.  And I’m not much better at making the gravy to go with it. This recipe is a lifesaver for me.  It’s gravy that you can make from scratch, and you don’t need a turkey or its drippings to make it.

The Simple Kitchen cookbook

This recipe comes from a new cookbook by Chad and Donna Elick: The Simple Kitchen- Quick and Easy Recipes Bursting with Flavor.  I have followed Chad and Donna’s blog- The Slow Roasted Italian- for many years, so it’s super exciting to see that they’ve published their first book!  I love this book because it’s filled with things that I’d actually make for dinner.  And it’s family-friendly kind of fare.  In other words, it’s a cookbook you’d actually find useful when trying to think of things to make for dinner!

Here are a few recipes in the book that have caught my eye:  Down Home Pot Roast with Carrots & Potatoes, Kickin’ Southern-Style Pulled Pork, Chicken Broccoli Alfredo with Fettuccini, Meatball Parmesan Skillet, Creamy Beef Stroganoff with Egg Noodles, Chili Lime Steak Bites, Pan-Fried Firecracker Pork Chops, Chicken Alfred Tortellini Soup, Spiced Brown Sugar-Roasted Sweet Potatoes, 40-Minute Milk and Honey Dinner Rolls, No-Bake Rocky Road Avalanche Bars, Legendary Pecan Pie Bars and Ooey Gooey Fudgy Chocolate Brownies.

There is a picture of every single recipe in the book.  I LOVE THAT!

Quick and Easy Make Ahead Gravy recipe - from

This is the sort of recipe that is great to have around if you’re just roasting a turkey breast… or if you’re serving mashed potatoes and you need a quick and easy gravy recipe to go with them.  You can make either a beef version of the gravy or a chicken version.

Quick and Easy Make Ahead Gravy recipe - from

It’s very good!  I’m not sure I’ll make gravy any other way from here on out.  And since I wimped out and ordered a turkey already roasted from our local gourmet market… you can bet that I’ll be making this gravy at home this Thanksgiving.

Let me know what you think!

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Quick and Easy Make Ahead Gravy


  • 2 cups reduced-sodium beef or chicken broth
  • 2 beef or chicken bouillon cubes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Combine the broth and the bouillon cubes in a microwave-safe container (I like to use a 2-cup pyrex measuring cup).  Use all chicken for chicken gravy or all beef for beef gravy.  Microwave for 1 minute and stir.  Repeat until the bouillon cubes have dissolved (about 2 minutes).  Do this in a small saucepan on the stove if you don't use a microwave.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.  Add the flour, onion powder, rosemary, sage and thyme.  Whisk to combine and cook for 1 minute, whisking occasionally to cook out the floury taste.  Whisk the hot broth into the flour mixture.  Bring the gravy to a boil, decrease the heat to a simmer and whisk until it is as smooth as silk, about 1 minute.  Taste and season with salt and pepper, as desired.
SOURCE: (shared from The Simple Kitchen cookbook)

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3 Responses to “Quick and Easy Make Ahead Gravy”

  1. postedNov 26, 2017 10:50 AM

    I printed this recipe out for later use. With all my of turkey gravy gone to family on Thanksgiving day I didn’t have any left for the left over turkey and dressing. I made this gravy and it was an absolute hit with my family. I could not believe how good it was and tasted pretty darn close to turkey gravy with all of spices that are added. I used unsalted chicken broth since I was using bouillon. This recipe is a keeper for all year.

    I am going to try the beef gravy but will probably omit the sage. Thanks for posting this recipe in time for Thanksgiving. I hope all of your readers try it.

    • postedNov 27, 2017 5:28 AM

      Thanks- it was a big hit at our Thanksgiving dinner this year too!

  2. postedDec 18, 2017 8:11 PM

    My family loved this recipe. Thank you

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