Turkey Mushroom Gravy


I created this mushroom turkey gravy recipe about 15 years ago after making Thanksgiving Day dinner annually since the 1970s. I have tried every kind of turkey gravy and this recipe is everyone's favorite — even the people who hate mushrooms love it! Serve with roasted turkey and cornbread stuffing!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
10 cups of gravy


  • 2 cups unsalted butter

  • 1 pound portobello mushrooms, wiped clean with paper towels

  • 2 pounds whole white mushrooms, wiped clean with paper towels

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

  • 1 ½ cups turkey pan drippings

  • 2 cups chopped onions

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium-low heat, and cook mushrooms until they are browned and butter is clear, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Remove mushrooms, coarsely chop them, and set aside. There should be about 1 cup of butter left in the stock pot; whisk flour into butter, and gently cook over low heat until flour mixture turns a mahogany brown color, about 20 minutes. Whisk in chicken broth; bring mixture to a simmer to thicken stock.

  2. Pour turkey drippings into a saucepan, then cook and stir onions and celery in drippings over medium-low heat until onions begin to turn brown, about 20 minutes. Stir drippings and vegetables into thickened stock. Bring gravy to a gentle boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 20 minutes to blend flavors. Stir in chopped mushrooms, then season to taste with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.

Editor's Note

The amount of drippings from a roasted turkey can vary; this recipe assumes about 1 1/2 cups of drippings. If there's more than 3 cups, reduce the amount of chicken broth by 1 can; if there's only 1/2 cup, add 1 more can of broth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

347 Calories
34g Fat
9g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 347
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 44%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 306mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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