Mom's Giblet Gravy


My mother has made this old-fashioned giblet gravy every Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember! It is delicious with turkey and mashed potatoes. Start making this while the turkey is cooking since it requires about two hours of simmering.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
16 servings


  • 1 turkey neck and giblets

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 2 large white onions, sliced

  • 1 cup sliced carrots

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup celery leaves

  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 bay leaf

  • ½ cup turkey drippings, or to taste

  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour

  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Cut turkey neck in half. Set liver aside.

  2. Combine neck, giblets, broth, onions, carrots, wine, celery, garlic, and bay leaf in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours. Add liver and simmer for 30 minutes more.

  3. Mix flour and butter together to form a thick paste.

  4. Remove and discard neck and giblets. Strain broth, pressing vegetables to extract liquid. Discard vegetables. Add turkey drippings. Add flour mixture gradually and stir until smooth. Bring to a boil and cook until desired thickness is reached, 7 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook's Note:

Use any amount of turkey drippings you prefer.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

180 Calories
13g Fat
8g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 180
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 497mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 126mg 3%

* 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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