Giblet gravy is one of the staples on my holiday table, and has been since my grandmother introduced me to it as a child. At the time this brown gravy was something different, even a bit exotic for a child who was raised on southern gravy. For me this succulent new flavor sensation became one of the things I looked forward to most at the holidays, which was the only time I’d ever had it.
Over the years I tried many times to perfect my grandmother’s recipe for this gravy without success. I suppose I’ll never get hers right, but this version has become my favorite, and is adapted from a recipe I got from a Safeway Select Magazine.
I’ve never looked back. It’s just that good.
- Giblets and neck from 1 turkey (add tail as well if it was cut by your butcher)
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, quartered
- 2 celery stalks, cut in large chunks
- 2 carrots, cut in large chunks
- 3/4 cup white wine
- turkey drippings, chicken stock or water, enough to cover vegetables
- 1-2 tbsp. corn starch
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut turkey neck into manageable pieces. (I just halved mine). Season neck and giblets with salt and pepper.
- Heat a sauce pot over medium heat. Add olive oil and let heat to a shimmer. Add neck and giblets to pan. Cook on both sides until well browned and pieces no longer cling to bottom of pan. (About 6 minutes per side.)
- Add wine, stirring well to dislodge any browned bits on bottom of pan. Add vegetables and pour over turkey drippings, chicken stock or water to cover. Return to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer until all vegetables are fork tender. (About 1 hour)
- Strain liquid to remove all vegetables and turkey pieces. Reserve giblets and set aside to cool. Return liquid to sauce pot and return to simmer.
- If desired, mince reserved giblets and add to gravy.
- Mix cornstarch with 2 tbsp water or chicken stock, add to liquid and combine. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add butter, stirring constantly until completely mixed in.
- Taste for seasoning and serve immediately
What I would have done differently had I thought of it at the time:
Nothing, really. This gravy is good enough to stand on its own. Over mashed potatoes or dressing it is simply phenomenal. You may use the same method for chicken gravy as well, with nearly the same results.
Links to other variations:
- Turkey gravy recipe is at the bottom of this post from Elise at Simply Recipes.
- Turkey gravy recipe from Coconut and Lime