Make Ahead Dripless Gravy

An easy and creamy make ahead gravy that can be adapted for vegetarians. 

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I vaguely remember my mom making homemade gravy after the turkey came out of the oven. It’s kind of a blur, probably because gravy has never been something I’ve been interested in trying. Growing up my topping of choice was always mustard. My brother still to this day jokes that I only eat chicken fingers and mustard… and while I do love both, that’s not all I eat.

Originally I had big dreams for a from scratch gravy made from pan drippings, but the day I made the turkey I just flat out never got around to it. By the time I had time and patience, everything had solidified. I’m not entirely sure if you can still use the pan drippings once it’s in that state so I shoved that idea aside for another time. Maybe next year I’ll plan better so my turkey isn’t ready to be carved  in the evening.

By total chance I came across a dripless, no turkey fat gravy option that is beyond easy to make. If you can stir a pot you can make this. Pinky swear. Besides being easy, I love that this is (as the title suggests) make ahead friendly(!!) and could dare I say even be made into a vegetarian gravy. Wow your family and friends with homemade gravy. Should you so choose… feel free to offer a pan option as well.

Make Ahead Dripless Gravy

An easy and creamy make ahead gravy that can be adapted for vegetarians.
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Thanksgiving
Servings: 8


  • 1/4 C unsalted butter
  • 1/4 C all purpose flour
  • 2 C chicken broth or vegetable broth for a vegetarian option
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper


  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour to melted butter. Add broth, stirring frequently with a wooden spoon. When mixture begins to bubble, cook 1 minute longer. Remove from heat, stir in seasonings. Serve immediately or transfer to a clean bowl, cooling for 5-10 minutes before covering with plastic wrap pressed to the service. Keep stored in refrigerator for up to several days. Warm as needed prior to serving.


Yields 8: 1/4 cup servings.
Better Homes and Gardens magazine
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6 Responses to “Make Ahead Dripless Gravy”

  1. #
    Kate@Diethood — November 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Make ahead? I’ll take it! I need all the help I can get… I’m still working out a menu for Thursday… :)

  2. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — November 18, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Mmm, I love gravy! I love that you put it all over a sandwich! Looks amazing!

  3. #
    Tracey — November 18, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Oooh, wish I’d seen this earlier this week. I made a turkey and was too lazy to deal with the drippings so we didn’t have gravy. I could totally have handled this!

  4. #
    Julie @ Table for Two — November 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    uh that picture is making me drool. it’s so gorgeous and such a beautiful photo!!

  5. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — November 20, 2012 at 6:48 am

    I love love gravy. And make ahead is always a life saver on Turkey Day!

  6. #
    Carlas Confections — November 20, 2012 at 11:56 am

    This one sounds great. Love that its make ahead too. My brother only eats sandwiches and even fries with just mustard too. I love mustard but I cant handle it on fries. So crazy ;)

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