Cajun Turkey Gravy


An adaptation of that fast-food gravy that we love, making it suitable for Thanksgiving dinners.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 25 mins
12 servings


  • 1 package of giblets and neck from a turkey

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons minced green bell pepper

  • 2 cups water

  • 1 (14 ounce) can turkey broth

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup cooked turkey, cut into small cubes

  • 2 teaspoons milk

  • 2 teaspoons distilled white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • teaspoon garlic powder

  • teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 pinch dried parsley flakes


  1. Place giblets and neck in a saucepan with enough water to cover by 2 inches; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer until cooked through, 30 to 45 minutes. Transfer giblets and neck to a cutting board.

  2. Finely mince heart, liver, and gizzard meat; reserve 1/3 cup minced meat. Remove meat from neck and finely mince. Mash neck meat in a mortar with a pestle.

  3. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute green bell pepper in hot oil until fragrant and slightly softened, about 1 minute. Pour water and broth into saucepan. Immediately whisk cornstarch and flour into broth mixture until smooth.

  4. Stir minced meat, mashed neck meat, cubed turkey, milk, vinegar, sugar, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley flakes into broth mixture; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, whisking occasionally, until gravy is thick, 30 to 35 minutes.

Cook's Note:

You can substitute low-sodium chicken broth for the turkey broth.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

52 Calories
2g Fat
3g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 374mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 91mg 2%

* 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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