Turkey Au Jus Gravy is quick, easy, and essential to any Thanksgiving dinner. All you need is the drippings from the Turkey, flour, butter, thyme, salt, and pepper. It makes the perfect flavorful addition to your Thanksgiving dinner.
This easy Au Jus Gravy moistens the turkey, adds flavor to the mashed potatoes, and is a great way to use the drippings from your holiday meats. Adding the flavorful drippings to the roux makes for a delicious, savory gravy that ties all the flavors of your meal together. This quick and easy classic gravy recipe will complete your Thanksgiving dinner!
- Roasted turkey drippings - Gives the gravy its rich signature flavor.
- All-purpose flour - Helps to thicken the gravy.
- Butter - Thickens and adds texture to the gravy.
- Thyme - Adds a sharp and peppery flavor.
- Kosher Salt - A more pure and gentle flavor then table salt.
- Freshly ground pepper - Adds spice to the gravy.
How to Make Turkey Au Jus Gravy
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low to medium heat.
- Add pepper, salt, and thyme to saucepan. Then whisk in flour and stir until the mixture is smooth.
- Gradually add in drippings and stock. Continue to whisk for a few minutes until the gravy is smooth and thickens.
- When thickened, transfer to a tureen or small serving bowl to serve with dinner.
- Non-Turkey Drippings - You can use Prime Rib or Roast Beef drippings instead of Turkey drippings.
- Not Enough Drippings - If you don't have enough drippings replace it with beef stock or beef broth and a little red wine.
- Sandwich - This au jus makes a rich and flavorful addition to any Thanksgiving leftover sandwich, whether it is a turkey or roast beef sandwich. You can spread the au jus sauce in the sandwich or dip it like a French Dip Sandwich.
- Shallots - For more flavor, sauté chopped shallots with butter in the first step.
Equipment to Make Turkey Au Jus Gravy
Refrigerate the au jus in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze Au Jus for up 1 month. Reheat au jus over the stovetop over low heat.
While cooking the gravy, continuously store with your whisk to ensure it doesn't burn or get clumpy.
What to Serve with Turkey Au Jus Gravy
If you want to make this classic gravy for Thanksgiving, check out our Rolled Turkey Roulade and these other Thanksgiving recipes: Maple Brussel Sprouts with Pancetta, Cranberry Sauce, and Herb and Mushroom Dressing.
If you want a California Thanksgiving meal check out these recipes: Dutch Oven Whole Roasted Chicken, Miso Mashed Potatoes with Miso Butter, Harvest Quinoa Salad with Arugula, Maple Roasted Kabocha, Sautéed Green Beans with Furikake, and Sautéed Mushrooms with White Wine.
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Turkey Au Jus Gravy
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low to medium heat.½ cup butter
- Add pepper, salt, and thyme. Whisk in flour and stir until the mixture is smooth.1 teaspoon thyme, kosher salt, freshly ground pepper, ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- Gradually add in drippings and stock. Continue to whisk for a few minutes until the gravy is smooth and thickens.2 cup roasted turkey drippings
- When the gravy is thickened, transfer it to a tureen or small serving bowl to serve with dinner.