Old-Fashioned Giblet Gravy Recipe

Turkey Dinner With Gravy
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  • 2 hrs 5 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins,
  • Cook: 100 mins
  • Yield: 3 Cups (About 12 Servings)
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This is a classic old-fashioned Southern-style giblet gravy made with the addition of hard-boiled eggs. If you like an egg-free gravy, feel free to omit the hard-boiled eggs. Use this recipe to make a delicious gravy to go with your chicken, Cornish game hens, or roasted turkey. 

Put the turkey drippings in a gravy separator to eliminate the excess fat. If you don't have turkey drippings, use a good quality turkey or chicken stock. For a richer, creamier gravy, add some heavy or light cream or half-and-half just before it's done.

For an extra-special turkey gravy with Madeira wine, see this easy recipe., Or you might like this basic gravy, made with drippings.

What You'll Need

  • Giblets from a whole turkey (or chicken)
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons flour (all-purpose)
  • 2 cups pan drippings (or turkey or chicken broth)
  • 1/2 cup milk or half-and-half
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs (chopped)

How to Make It

  1. Remove liver from giblets and refrigerate.
  2. Place the remaining giblets into a saucepan and cover with 4 cups cold water; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer the giblets for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. At this point add the liver to the saucepan and simmer for another 30 minutes.
  3. Place a mesh strainer or colander over a bowl. Drain the giblets and set the liquids aside to use in the gravy, if needed. Let the giblets cool. Remove the meat from the neck and chop with the rest of the meat.
  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan and stir in the flour. Cook and stir for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the roux just barely begins to turn golden.
  2.  If you don't have drippings from a roasted turkey or chicken, or if you only have a small amount, add the giblet broth or chicken or turkey stock to make 2 cups. Slowly stir in the drippings and/or broth into the roux. Add the milk or half-and-half. Continue cooking and stirring until thickened.
  3. Taste and season the gravy with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  4. Stir in the chopped hard-cooked eggs and chopped giblets and serve.

Tips and Variations

  • Add a medium sliced onion and 2 stalks of sliced celery to the saucepan along with the giblets. If desired, use strain and reserve the giblet broth to use along with the drippings.
  • Add 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of finely chopped onions to the butter and saute until tender before adding the flour.
  • Add a few tablespoons of minced shallots to the butter and saute until tender.
  • Herbed Giblet Gravy - Add about 1/2 teaspoon of chopped fresh sage, 1/4 teaspoon of finely chopped fresh rosemary, and a pinch of fresh chopped thyme leaves.