Almost Instant: Caramelized Onion Turkey Gravy


Gravy can be intimidating to some folks, you hear a lot about lumps, clumps and an unpleasant floury taste. Although I have made gravy a variety of ways, this method is my go-to because it is so stupid easy, and it can be whipped up in just a few minutes. It’s better tasting than instant, it’s way healthier than anything from the store, and it’s absolutely wholesome, real food that’s great tasting and easy to make. Did I mention it’s easy? It’s really easy to perfect. All you need is some well seasoned turkey stock, a bit of thickener, and a jar. Toss everything in the jar and shake it until smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil, toss in caramelized onions and that’s it! This gravy is rich, thick and perfectly packed with turkey flavor.


Almost Instant: Caramelized Onion Turkey Gravy 

Grain Free & Gluten Free

Humble and delicious, some may even say it’s “rustic,” but I think everyone will agree that gravy is fierce. With the addition of homemade caramelized onions, and maybe a bit of cream or cognac this simple gravy can be fancied a smidgen. I like to add a bit of Cajun Seasoning and Worcestershire sauce to my gravy because I like how the savory spicy tastes balance the sweet onions. I used to always use browning seasoning in my gravies but … you know… now I don’t. Be sure to add the caramelized onions to your own taste, and of course they can be left out altogether for a classic, comforting gravy.

  • 4 Cups, Well Seasoned Turkey Bone Broth  (or Turkey Drippings)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons Arrowroot or Tapioca Starch
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Caramelized Onions (more or less to taste, absolutely optional!)
  • Garlic Powder, Cajun Seasoning, Salt, Pepper, Worcestershire Sauce To Taste
  1. Carefully ladle room temperature, or warm-ish turkey drippings and/or Bone Broth into a mason jar.
  2. Skim off as much or little fat from the top as you would like.
  3. Place 3-4 tablespoons of starch into your jar. (4 tablespoons if you prefer it thicker, borderline gloopy.)
  4. Place lid onto the jar and shake the mixture thoroughly.
  5. Add shaken broth and starch mixture to a soup pot or 10″ skillet.
  6. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  7. Place chopped caramelized onions into the pan and stir until they are warmed through.
  8. Serve gravy hot with your favorite family Turkey recipe and fixins.

-Keep gravy warm in a thermos, or keep it warm on a warming element/candle warmer like hot plate. If it doesn’t have that “taste like Mama’s” gravy, add more cream or milk and whisk until smooth.

I have homemade turkey bone broth prepared before Thanksgiving because I remove the back and wings from the turkey just to make broth. I really prefer butterflying my turkey so that it cooks evenly and let’s face it, I don’t care for the wings so we may as well get broth from them. Making the broth in advance prevents the salty briny pan drippings, and it gives the broth a chance to really simmer and get all of the love from the bones. If you don’t have bone broth prepared use the highest quality stock you can find. (or chicken bone broth if you have that available.)