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This Thanksgiving turkey gravy made with roasted vegetables and turkey wings is made before you roast your turkey. Smooth, savory, and delicious, this make-ahead gravy frees up valuable kitchen time for all the other parts of your Thanksgiving meal, plus it will probably look and taste way better than those frantic, last-minute versions.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
4 hrs
4 hrs 15 mins
8 servings


Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Combine onion, carrots, celery, and vegetable oil in a large roasting pan and toss to coat. Place turkey wings on top of vegetables.

  • Roast in the preheated oven until turkey wings are browned and vegetables are caramelized and softened, 45 to 60 minutes.

  • Transfer turkey wings and vegetables to a large stockpot. Place the roasting pan over a stovetop burner set to medium heat. Pour 2 tablespoons cold water into the pan and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Transfer mixture to the stockpot and add 10 cups cold water, thyme, and garlic.

  • Bring turkey wing mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until meat falls off the bone, about 3 hours. Skim off turkey fat throughout the process and set aside 2 tablespoons.

  • Strain turkey stock and reserve 6 cups of stock; discard all the solids.

  • Heat butter and 2 tablespoons reserved turkey fat in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sprinkle in flour and cook, whisking constantly, until it begins to smell like cooked pie crust, 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly pour in reserved turkey stock, whisking constantly.

  • Increase heat to high and simmer gravy until thick and warmed through, about 5 minutes. Season with cayenne, salt, and pepper.

Nutrition Facts

115 calories; protein 4.1g; carbohydrates 10.2g; fat 6.6g; cholesterol 22.5mg; sodium 92.4mg. Full Nutrition