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Course: Sauces & Condiments
Keyword: Condiments, Sauces, Thanksgiving, Turkey Giblet Gravy

Turkey Giblet Gravy

ACTIVE TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours
Yield: 2 3/4 cups
Transform leftover turkey giblets into a rich and flavorful stock that serves as the base for this classic Thanksgiving gravy recipe.
This recipe first appeared on Food Network.com.
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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Giblet Stock

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 turkey neck, reserved from turkey and cut in half
  • 1 turkey backbone, reserved from turkey and cut in half
  • 1 set giblets, reserved from turkey
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 small carrot, quartered
  • 1 stalk celery, quartered
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

Giblet Gravy

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon potato starch
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Specialized Hardware

Fine-mesh sieve
ACTIVE TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 3 hours
Yield: 2 3/4 cups


  • For the giblet stock: Heat the oil in a 6 1/2-quart stockpot over medium heat until it shimmers. Add the neck and backbone, and saute until browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the giblets, onion, carrot, celery, and kosher salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour in the water and add the thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, and black peppercorns. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Uncover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the stock reduces to 3 cups, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Strain the stock through a fine-mesh sieve and cool slightly. Discard all solids except for the giblets. Chop the giblets and set aside.
  • For the giblet gravy: Place 2 cups of the giblet stock in a 4-quart saucier over medium heat.
  • Combine 1/2 cup of cool stock with the all-purpose flour in a jar with a tightly fitted lid. Shake vigorously until starch dissolves and no lumps remain.
  • Gradually add the flour slurry to stock, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened slightly, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Combine the remaining 1/2 cup of cool stock with the potato starch in the lidded jar and shake vigorously until the starch dissolves and no lumps remain.
  • Turn off the heat, remove the saucier from the burner, and whisk until the liquid temperature decreases to 190ºF. Return to low heat and whisk in the potato starch slurry, rosemary, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper. Simmer for about 5 minutes to heat through and thicken, then season with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Add the chopped giblets and stir to combine. Keep warm in a thermos until ready to serve.
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