Classic Gravy

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This post may seem a little odd and ill-timed considering that Thanksgiving was celebrated weeks ago, but this is a special and my most favorite kind of post – a reader requested one.  A good friend reached out to me the other day and said she was responsible for making the gravy for her Christmas party and she needed some help.  Gravy is one of those cooking things can be intimidating, but at its essence is made up of 3 simple ingredients…5 if you count salt and pepper.  Don’t get me wrong – there’s a bunch of different gravies out there and this recipe is for classic, versatile gravy.  The beauty is in its simplicity.  This gravy goes great with turkey and mashed potatoes.  If you’re looking for something more fancy or complicated, this isn’t the recipe for you.  If you’re looking for an all-purpose, delicious, simple and avoid using gravy out of a bottle gravy, this recipe is for you.

Classic Gravy

Classic Gravy

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  • Yield: 8 – 10
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Sauce


  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 cups homemade or low sodium store bought chicken stock
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Pan drippings from roasted turkey or chicken *optional


  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. When butter is melted, whisk in flour.
  3. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Pour stock in slowly while constantly whisking.
  5. Add salt and pepper.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until desired thickness is achieved.
  7. Add a few tablespoons of pan drippings, if using and mix well.
  8. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.
  9. Serve immediately or keep warm until ready to use.

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