Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

As we approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is excitement in the air.  Many of us are looking forward to time away from work spending time  with the family.  For many, that means gathering around the table for a feast with our loved ones.  During the holidays, one indispensable element is the rich and flavourful turkey gravy that crowns the centrepiece of the meal.  While shop bought options offer convenience, nothing will beat a homemade gravy. But, let’s face it, cooking for a crowd for Thanksgiving or Christmas can be a stressful experience.  We like everything home cooked from scratch but that doesn’t mean you have to do everything on the day.  This make ahead turkey gravy by Jamie Oliver is absolutely delicious and will mean you get an extra 2 hours to yourself on the day itself. 

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At the heart of a superb turkey gravy lies quality ingredients.  Whilst you would typically make your gravy with the drippings from your roasted turkey, this means that this is yet another task which has to be completed on the day.  This gravy which is made using chicken drumsticks and legs but if you are a true puritan and simply must use turkey in your turkey gravy then go ahead and make the swap to turkey drumsticks and legs.

Make Ahead Turkey Gravy

Recipe by Colleene Wink


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  • 2 onions

  • 2 carrots

  • 2 sticks of celery

  • 2 rashers of smoked streaky bacon

  • 2 fresh bay leaves

  • 2 sprigs of fresh sage

  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary

  • 2 star anise

  • 10 chicken wings or 3 chicken drumsticks and 3 chicken legs

  • olive oil

  • 60 ml sherry or port , optional

  • 4 tablespoons plain flour

  • 2 tablespoons cranberry sauce


  • Get the instructions for this recipe from Jamie Oliver’s site here

Delicious and Time-Saving Recipe

Having a delicious homemade gravy which you can make ahead of time is such a game changer.  This recipe will elevate your turkey dinner whilst allowing you more time to relax and enjoy the holiday celebrations with your loved ones.

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