No Drippings Gravy

no dripping gravy recipe

Confession:Β  I hate making gravy. There. I said it. I put it out into the world. I know that it is sacrilegious. Gravy is an essential item on the Thanksgiving table. I may have, in years past, gone to Boston Market the day before Thanksgiving and bought gravy. I may have doctored it a little and called it my own. And you know what? No one was the wiser. No one called me out on my doctored gravy.

If you have read this blog before then you know that I like to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I like to eat dinner while it is hot and I like actually spend time with my guests. So I cheat. I cheat bad, I make my gravy the day before. And you know what? I no longer hate making gravy. The reason why I hated making gravy was that you need to do it right before you serve the largest meal that you make all year. I was standing over the stove, getting turkey grease all over, and making a giant mess while my friends and family were sipping a nice Pinot Noir and eating a nice warm buttered roll. I am no longer bitter and angry, because I get this job out of the way ahead of time. And I am much, much happier.

This no dripping gravy is a cinch to make. You make a quick roux and add some chicken stock and you have gravy. I sometimes add some brandy and almost always add some sort of fresh herb.

no dripping gravy recipe

no dripping gravy recipe

1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
3 cups chicken stock
salt
ground pepper
3 Tablespoons brandy (optional)
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme (parlsey is great also)

no dripping gravy recipeMelt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour.

no dripping gravy recipeWhisk together the butter and flour and cook for a minute over medium heat until it is smooth.

no dripping gravy recipeWhisk in the chicken stock. Let the mixture come to a bubble. The roux will not thicken until it comes to a bubble. Cook for another minute or so after it comes to a bubble.

no dripping gravy recipeAdd the brandy and thyme.

no dripping gravy recipeSeason well with salt and pepper. Put this in a container and keep in the fridge. When you are ready to serve it, simmer it in a saucepan until it is heated through.

no dripping gravy recipeThis no dripping gravy has saved me and I love it. It has taken the pressure off and it helps me enjoy my holiday.

no drippings gravy

No Drippings Gravy

Yield: makes 2 1/2 cups

No Drippings Gravy - Sometimes you want gravy, but don't want to deal with having to make proper gravy. This does the job.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons brandy (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh thyme (parlsey is great also)

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour.
  2. Whisk together the butter and flour and cook for a minute over medium heat until it is smooth.
  3. Whisk in the chicken stock. Let the mixture come to a bubble. The roux will not thicken until it comes to a bubble. Cook for another minute or so after it comes to a bubble.
  4. Add the brandy and thyme.
  5. Season well with salt and pepper. Put this in a container and keep in the fridge. When you are ready to serve it, simmer it in a saucepan until it is heated through.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g
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This Post Has 54 Comments

  1. Astrid

    I’ve made gravy like yours for years except for the brandy. I’ll put a bottle on my grocery list for next week. I like having the gravy ready to go instead of a panick right before dinner. Thanks for the tip, great photos.

    1. bakedbree

      I like the brandy in it, white wine would be good too.

    2. Sheila

      I added the Brandy and it gave it a tart kind of taste I didn’t like. Use it sparingly if at all

      1. bakedbree

        It is all a matter of personal taste.

  2. Lindsay

    Thank you, Bree!! My husband is frying a Turkey this year and I’ve been searching for days for a good, simple no dippings gravy to go with our dinner. I love the addition of brandy.

    1. bakedbree

      I love a fried turkey. Glad that I could help.

  3. Tara

    Brandy in gravy…who knew!?

    1. bakedbree

      It really adds something delicious to it.

  4. arlene

    Awesome! I am totally in agreement about making it early and cheating!

    1. bakedbree

      Glad that you are on board.

  5. Melanie

    Gravy is such a serious matter. Seriously. And yet, I was laughing my guts out at your angst over gravy – only because I feel the same way! Thanks for posting such a great no-slaving-away necessary gravy recipe.

    1. bakedbree

      I am very angsty about gravy! Glad that I am not alone.

  6. Lisa

    This is how my family always makes our gravy too, only we use oil instead of butter. We use chicken broth or beef broth depending on whether it’s for a turkey or roast beef. You’re right that it makes things easier.

    1. bakedbree

      it really does. I will never stand over the stove when everyone is eating ever again.

  7. Tracy

    I have been looking for a good gravy recipe lately. Thanks for sharing your recipe! I will have to add brandy to our shopping list. πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      The brandy adds a nice depth which I think that you need because you do not have the drippings. I hope that you like it.

  8. Lisa

    Thank you for posting. I am cooking for 60 this year and I was not at all looking forward to making that much gravy at the zero hour. This little tip sure takes a load off. Thanks!

    1. bakedbree

      I am glad that I could help. Good for you for cooking for 60!! Impressive.

  9. JehanP

    Beautiful photos and a little liquor ain’t never hurt nobody lol. That gravy is probably so mellow and delicious.

    1. bakedbree

      No it does not! Thank you Jehan!

  10. Elena

    Thank you! That was the easiest gravy, and best part is it’s all done and waiting for dinner without the frenzy.

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad! Seriously, it is the only way I will make gravy now.

  11. shawna [of styleberryBLOG]

    yummy! & I just bought those yellow napkins & sewed them into pillows last week! good taste!! πŸ˜‰

    1. bakedbree

      you are so crafty! I need to learn to sew.

  12. Angie

    The women in my family have been making gravy like this for years! lol I never thought to add thyme and brandy though….you’ve really been a great inspiration to me-thank you!

    1. bakedbree

      thank you Angie! You can add lots of things to this gravy to change the flavor.

  13. Georgia

    You can also use vegetable/canola oil instead of butter. If you want your gravy to be brown add a couple of drops of Kitchen Bouquet.

    1. bakedbree

      thanks for the tips Georgia.

  14. Sheri

    Bree,
    I love this idea – I always worry about how the gravy will taste, nevermind avoiding lumps! It does seem a shame to waste the pan drippings though. What do you think about defatting the drippings (I have one of those fat separators with a pour spout) and adding it to the gravy? I’m thinking it might add more “authentic” flavor and color (plus I like to put a bit of the giblets in the gravy) – or do you think it might ruin the thickness/texture of the premade gravy?
    Thanks for your great recipes and ideas!
    Sheri

    1. bakedbree

      I guess that it would be good, but the whole point of this is for me not to have to worry about anything after everything is ready. You can also make some drippings before hand with some turkey pieces.

  15. Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious

    You are a lifesaver! I have been searching and searching for a good quality no drippings gravy and I’ve finally found one!! Btw, your rant about making gravy while everyone else has a good ol’ time made my day πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      I do what I can. πŸ™‚

  16. Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious

    Also, do you think it’s okay to make this as early as Monday? I just have so much to make on Tuesday and Wednesday and I have no time to cook on Thanksgiving day since we do Thanksgiving lunch and dinner.

    1. bakedbree

      No, I really don’t. I do not think that I would make it more than one day ahead.

      1. Cristina

        Uh-oh. . .I just made this for Thanksgiving (2 days early). It is delicious, thanks for the recipe!

        If it doesn’t come together properly when I reheat it on Thursday, I’ll make gravy the old fashioned way, but I’ll let you know if it worked out!

        1. bakedbree

          Nice back up plan! It should be fine though. If it gets too thick, thin it with some chicken stock.

          1. Alice

            Does this gravy freeze well?

            1. bakedbree

              I have never frozen gravy, sorry I cannot be more helpful.

  17. brianca

    thank you so much for this recipe! i hate the fact that you have to cook meat to make gravy! i will be making this tonight for my meatballs… AND bookmarking your site as baked brie (wink) is my FAV! and my nick name is bri so… πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      You are welcome! Love your name. πŸ™‚

  18. Tonnae

    You. Are. Awesome.
    Thanks!! πŸ˜€

    1. bakedbree

      thank. you. πŸ™‚

  19. Sanaa

    Everything I try from your site turn out good! Thank you so much for sharing great recipe πŸ™‚

    1. bakedbree

      I am so glad Sanaa!

  20. Annette

    Can u tell me know how much this yields?? I have to make 20 cups, for our Military Base…

    Thank you,
    Annette

    1. bakedbree

      About 3 cups, since there are 3 cups of stock in it.

  21. LIZ

    Hello, I don’t cook much and for this T-giving dinner I signed up for mashed potatoes and gravy!
    I did not know it needed turkey drippings!!!, I’m not making a turkey?? I’m so glad I found your site. :). I’m curious about using the brandy, kids will be eating this too, is this adults only gravy??

    1. bakedbree

      No, it cooks out.

    2. Nathan Beach

      I’m in the exact same situation. This gravy turned out great. Thanks!

  22. Elizabeth

    Thank you very much for this post…you have just saved my Christmas dinner! Love your blog!

    1. bakedbree

      Glad to help! Merry Christmas!

  23. Abel Rodriguez

    Can u use other drinks or no drinks for the recipe,and can you add other Herbs than Thyme?

    1. bakedbree

      You can use whatever you want. And any herb you like.

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