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Foolproof Gravy

Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t complete until the gravy boat is set on the table. It’s the perfect topping for everything on the menu, from turkey to stuffing to, of course, mashed potatoes.

We’ve got a wide variety of gravy recipes on our website, but if you’re making gravy for the first time or just need a basic recipe, this recipe has got your back. Using basic pantry staples and our versatile 365 Everyday Value® broths, delicious gravy is only minutes away.

Basic Gravy


  • 1/4 cup pan drippings
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 365 Everyday Value® Organic Chicken Broth, Beef Broth or Vegetable Broth, divided
  • Fine sea salt to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


Transfer juices and bits from roasting pan — turkey, pork, beef, lamb, chicken or roasted vegetables — to a bowl. (If bits are stuck, place the pan over medium-low heat and deglaze by adding a splash of broth and scraping them up.) Set bowl aside for a few minutes, and then skim fat from top and discard.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in pan drippings and flour. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute.

Vigorously whisk in 1 cup broth until all lumps are gone, and then whisk in remaining broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, 2 or 3 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Great Gravy Add-ins

Once you’ve got our basic recipe down, try amping up the flavor with one or more of these:

  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Bay leaves
  • Shallots
  • Roasted mushrooms
  • Red or white wine
  • Garlic
  • Tamari

Do you have your own special twist for holiday gravy? I’d love to hear about it!