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Make Ahead Gravy
Make-Ahead Gravy
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 35 mins

This real-deal, make-ahead gravy is not only super delicious, but it also makes holiday entertaining so much easier!

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Make-Ahead Gravy, Thanksgiving Gravy, Turkey Gravy
Servings: 16 ¼ cup servings
Calories: 71 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
  • 2 ½ pounds chicken wings
  • 1 large onion peeled and quartered
  • 3 medium carrots scrubbed (no need to peel) and cut into approximately 2-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups chicken broth divided
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 4 medium size fresh sage leaves
  • 2 4- inch sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 tablespoons flour (preferably Wondra flour but all-purpose will also work).
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Arrange wings, onions and carrots on a sheet pan. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and pepper. Toss to coat, then spread everything out to a single layer.
  3. Roast wings and veggies 1- 1 ¼ hours until wings are golden brown.
  4. Transfer wings and vegetables to a large Dutch oven or stockpot.

  5. Add 1 cup of the broth to roasting (sheet) pan and let sit for 10 minutes, then stir to scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom. Transfer this liquid to the Dutch oven.

  6. Add 6 ½ cups of the broth (reserve ½ cup), bay leaf, sage and rosemary to the Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Reduce to a slow but steady simmer and cook, uncovered 1 hour.

  7. Strain broth through a fine-mesh sieve and refrigerate overnight or for up to 2 days.

  8. When ready to use, skim the fat off broth and discard. Transfer broth to a large saucepan and bring to a boil, then reduce to a steady simmer.

  9. Whisk flour into the remaining ½ cup of broth until smooth and lump-free. To avoid lumpy gravy, SLOWLY pour flour mixture into simmering broth, WHILE WHISKING CONTINUOUSLY, until desired consistency is reached (you might not use all of the flour mixture). Simmer for 2-3 minutes longer. Taste and season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve immediately or keep warm till ready to serve. Gravy can also be frozen for up to 4 months.

Recipe Notes

For additional instructions, follow the Café Tips in the above post.

Nutrition Facts
Make-Ahead Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Cholesterol 11mg4%
Sodium 522mg23%
Potassium 167mg5%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 1935IU39%
Vitamin C 9.5mg12%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.