Holiday Cooking | November 23, 2014

Simple Pan Gravy

Simple Pan Gravy

Making gravy from scratch is very simple. All you need are a few essential ingredients. Whether you make gravy from drippings or canned broth, it will taste better than a package mix, or gravy from a can.

I’ll assume you have drippings from your Thanksgiving turkey. If you don’t, follow the directions in parenthesis in the recipe.

Simple Pan Gravy

start by melting the butter

Simple Pan Gravy

sift the flour right into the pan…<
Simple Pan Gravy

Simple Pan Gravy

I love this flat whisk for gravy.

Simple Pan Gravy

this measuring cup is filled with turkey drippings I saved from a turkey I cooked
the day before I made gravy. The drippings equalled about 3 cups from a 18 lb turkey.
I threw in all of the drippings including that little bit of fat I didn’t quite get off the top…
Simple Pan Gravy

cook and whisk until smooth
Simple Pan Gravy

this is gravy made with drippings, the top photo on this post was made with canned broth and flavor enhancer.

Simple Pan Gravy

5 from 2 votes

Simple Pan Gravy

Author abountifulkitchen


  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sifted flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups drippings from turkey fat skimmed from top (or 3 cups canned broth)
  • plus
  • 1 3/4 cups additional broth canned or bone broth*
  • 1-2 packets stock see note below*


  1. Melt butter in pan over medium high heat. Let butter become slightly browned. Add flour, sifting over pan. Use a whisk, and continue cooking butter and flour until smooth. This should cook for about 1-2 minutes, while whisking continually.
  2. Add drippings from turkey while whisking. Keep heat on medium to medium high. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until smooth and gravy thickens. Add the additional broth. Continue cooking until gravy is smooth and thickens back up a bit. Taste gravy. If you have only used canned broth, and the flavor is not strong enough, add 1-2 packets of flavor enhancer.
  3. Mix until smooth. Taste and add more pepper if needed.

Recipe Notes

-If using all canned broth for gravy, you will need 1-2 packets flavor enhancer or boosterI like Knorr Homestyle Stock the best. It is sold where you find bullion, and is sold 4 tubs to a packet. You may also use bullion, or other brands of stock to boost the flavor of your gravy.-This gravy may be made ahead and refrigerated until using. It may need to be thinned a bit with more stock or a little milk after reheating.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love your Thanksgiving guide. I’ve used it the three times I’ve hosted. But this year I have a large group (15 adults, 13 kids). Should I use the same amounts listed or should I add more chicken broth to have enough gravy for everyone? Thanks!

    1. Hi Alexis, this recipe should yield enough for everyone, but I might add a little more chicken broth just to be safe. Thanks so much for reading ABK!

      1. Thank you for your reply! Phew, I feel relieved to know that. Yes, Becky Rosenthal @vintagemixer led me to you when I hosted my first Thanksgiving a few years back and I’m so thankful.