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!

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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 RecipeGirl.com

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!

Quick and Easy Make Ahead Gravy

Yield: 2 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

  • 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:  RecipeGirl.com (shared from The Simple Kitchen cookbook)

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  • Tiffany W wrote:

    How far in advance can you make the gravy?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You can make it a day or two ahead, but just know that it will thicken a lot… so maybe add more broth when heating to serve.

  • Sheila Ivers wrote:

    I’m hoping this recipe for gravy will be one to use for the rest of my life – I’m 70! I will certainly let you know what the reaction is for this on Thanksgiving….but we still use chicken broth for turkey, right? I’m subscribing to your recipes and am planning to get the Italian cookbook you mentioned. I’m retired and finally taking an interest in cooking!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You can find turkey broth in some markets– especially around Thanksgiving. You can use either!

  • Tomi wrote:

    My family loved this recipe. Thank you

  • MIchelle wrote:

    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.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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