Giblet and turkey neck gravy is the recipe your grandma use to make. If you ever wondered why you could never make gravy like that, the following recipe will bring back memories of that fabulous homemade gravy.
The flavorful turkey neck gravy is rich, decadent and the perfect topper for a special meal with your family and friends. This giblet gravy recipe will be one you hand down and will be used for generations.
What are giblets? These are the parts stored in the cavity of the raw turkey. They add a rich, dense meaty flavor to the gravy. Also, it adds more nutritional benefits to the dish. By making your own turkey broth and the drippings in the roasting pan creates the perfect thanksgiving turkey gravy.
Why We Love This Homemade Turkey Gravy Recipe
Here’s how to make giblet gravy using the drippings and the neck of a turkey. The gravy boat will have to be filled many times when you use this amazing flavorful recipe.
- Quick Side Dish: This brown turkey gravy recipe is full of flavor. There is nothing like the gravy you make from scratch.
- Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge and add a complexity of flavor that you will love and if you have never been able to make a gravy before, now you can.
- Family Friendly: This rich brown gravy is a family favorite.
- Adaptable: Make with chicken and chicken broth if you like. If you are squeamish about using the chopped up giblet pieces make gravy without adding the pieces.
- Makes Great Leftovers: Use to top mashed potatoes, stuffing or hot sandwiches.
Ingredient Notes for Turkey Giblet Gravy
- Turkey or chicken giblets: Including the neck. Also, turkey drippings and stock with the fat removed. Make right in the turkey roasting pan. Allow drippings from a roasted turkey to sit and cool so you can remove the fat.
- Vegetables: Chopped celery, carrot, onion.
- All-Purpose Flour: This is the thickening agent for the gravy.
- Seasoning: House Seasoning Blend and Poultry Seasoning Blend. Click on the link for the recipes for these seasoning blends. These blends include salt and pepper.
See the recipe card below for a complete list of the ingredients with measurements.
Variations and Substitutions to Make Homemade Turkey Neck Gravy
This flavorful turkey gravy is amazing. Make turkey gravy with a turkey breast if you prefer.
- Vegetables: Mushrooms and other vegetables add flavor without salt.
- Homemade Turkey Giblet Gravy: The chicken or turkey broth can be made ahead of time and the gravy can be assembled when ready.
- Make a Gravy in the Slow Cooker: You can make and keep your turkey gravy in the slow keeper and then keep it warm until ready to serve.
How to Make Giblet Gravy from Neck Meat
This is the best way to make easy giblet turkey gravy for your special meal.
These are the basic steps to make roasted turkey gravy with pan drippings. Refer to the full, printable recipe card below for detailed instructions.
Step 1: Use Turkey Drippings, Turkey Neck and Giblets
First, place the neck and giblets to make gravy to a saucepan and cover with water; Add celery, carrot and onion to the pan. Then bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours.
Step 2: Make Homemade Turkey Stock and Remove Turkey Meat
Next, drain and remove the neck and giblets from the water, making sure to save the stock. Remove all of the vegetables and discard. Once the giblets are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the neck and chop the rest of the giblets into small pieces.
Step 3: Make a Roux
Next, make a simple roux by melting butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When butter is melted, add the flour until a paste forms. Whisk the four tablespoons of flour paste for about 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the drippings and/or giblet stock. Make sure to let the drippings sit for a bit to separate out the fat.
Step 4: Season the Gravy and Make a Delicious Gravy
Next, stir in All purpose blend and Poultry Seasoning Blend. Simmer over medium heat until gravy thickens to desired consistency and is golden brown. Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary for the best gravy. Finally, stir in chopped giblets and warm through over medium low heat.
Recipe FAQs to Make Gravy the Best Turkey Gravy Ever
Expert Tips for Making This Turkey Neck Gravy Recipe
- Add: Cheese, wine, soy sauce, miso paste or Worcestershire sauce.
- Tip: Scrape the bottom of the pan. Gravy made with meat drippings bring so much flavor.
- Whisk: Whisk constantly to make the gravy smooth.
- Variation tip: Chicken stock can be great in place of the chicken stock.
- Starch: Feel free to make gravy with cornstarch, potato starch or other agent to thicken the delicious gravy.
What to Serve with Giblet and Turkey Neck Gravy
- Southern Cornbread Dressing
- Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
- Double Layer Pumpkin Pie
- Parmesan Green Beans
Giblet and Turkey Neck Gravy
- Turkey or chicken giblets, including the neck
- 4 cups Water
- 1 Celery stalk, roughly chopped
- 1 Carrot, roughly chopped
- 1 Onion, roughly chopped
- 4 tablespoons Unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons Flour
- 2 ½ cups Turkey drippings and reserved giblet stock, remove excess fat from drippings
- ½ teaspoon All Purpose Seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon Poultry Seasoning Blend
- Add the giblets to a saucepan and cover with water; Add celery, carrot and onion to the pan.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours.
- Drain the giblets, making sure to save the stock. Remove all of the vegetables and discard.
- Once the giblets are cool enough to handle, remove the meat from the neck and chop the rest of the giblets into small pieces.
- Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.
- When butter is melted, whisk in flour until a paste forms.
- Whisk the flour paste for about 1 minute.
- Slowly whisk in the drippings and/or giblet stock.
- Stir in House Seasoning Blend and Poultry Seasoning Blend.
- Simmer over medium heat until gravy thickens to desired consistency.
- Taste for seasoning and adjust as necessary.
- Stir in chopped giblets and warm through over medium low heat.