Homemade Gravy

Total Time:
30 min
5 min
25 min

3 cups

  • 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion (2 onions)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Defatted turkey drippings plus chicken stock to make 2 cups, heated
  • 1 tablespoon Cognac or brandy
  • 1 tablespoon white wine, optional
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream, optional

In a large (10 to 12-inch) saute pan, cook the butter and onions over medium-low heat for 12 to 15 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Don't rush this step; it makes all the difference when the onions are well-cooked.

Sprinkle the flour into the pan, whisk in, then add the salt and pepper. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the hot chicken stock mixture and Cognac, and cook uncovered for 4 to 5 minutes until thickened. Add the wine and cream, if desired. Season, to taste, and serve.

View All

Loading review filters...

    180 Reviews
    5 180
    0/1000 characters
    Your Rating:
    Sort by: 
    Made this with chicken stock only (no drippings), and omitted the cognac and cream, and it was wonderful! I had the onions simmering for about an hour while other things cooked.
    Unbelievably good. Every time I make it everyone wants the recipe - even vegetarians, knowing chicken/turkey drippings (and stock) are part of the recipe!
    Made this almost by accident this year. Probably one of the best gravy recipes I've ever tasted. Ina, you rock.
    Best gravy! So easy, lots of compliments! Doubled for Thanksgiving dinner. If you have immersion blender, suggest you use it to get a little smoother texture because of large amount of chopped onions. Will try next with beef stock for beef dishes. Brother in law smoked the turkey and I wasn't expecting any drippings, but I did end up adding what he had, about 1/4 cup. FABULOUS!
    Wow, this is a delicious and very flavorful gravy. I made this for Thanksgiving and everyone liked it. The onions really add flavor. I didn't have Cognac and used white wine instead (so two tablespoons of white wine in total). I can imagine how the Cognac would just add another depth of flavor and will try to add next time. The gravy was pretty rich and thickened that I didn't feel the cream was needed.
    This recipe was excellent even though I modified it to be vegetarian. I substituted 2 cups of veggie broth and omitted the brandy/wine. I did add a splash of soy sauce (and reduced the salt) for a little more flavor (maybe the cognac does this but I've never tasted it so I coudn't say). I also added whole milk at the end instead of cream. 
    Based on other reviewer's mentioning how strong the onion flavor was, I only used 1 cup. I also added about 1/4 cup chopped portobello mushrooms which gave it great flavor. But I had to cook the onions for at least 30 min.  
    I made this a few days before Thanksgiving and froze it. Took it out the night before and reheated in a pot using about a 1/2 cup of veggie broth to thin it out. Worked perfectly and tasted even better. This is a simple and delicious recipe.
    This was the first year I tried this recipe. Having been in charge of the Thanksgiving feast for the past 9 years. I have always tried different recipes. This is by far the best. My mom passed away almost 2 years ago and her long time companion stated my mom would have loved the gravy. This was the best complament I could have received. Thank you!
    Sooo goooood!!! Mother-in-law even asked for the recipe!!! This will be added to the thanksgiving menu for years to come.
    Many compliments on the gravy! It was fantastic!!
    Excellent gravy, love the cognac touch. I didn't have any cognac (eek!) but I did have some orange liqueur and that worked out very well. Definitely throwing this recipe into the recipe box!
    Wow! The flavor of the cognac made this gravy sweet and savory at the same time. A perfect compliment to turkey and mashed potatoes. This will be a must do next year!
    This is the most delicious and easy gravy ever!!!
    The second Thanksgiving we used an immersion blender to blend the onions directly into the gravy after we added broth but before thickening. We also added an extra 1/2 cup of broth... wow, it was fantastic and had a better consistency. We still only used one onion.
    OMG,the best gravy ever!!!
    Amazing! This is now my go to recipe! The best gravy ever. The cognac is key. Nit to mention the fact that you can make it ahead. Superb! Thanks again, Ina!!!
    I will never, ever make another recipe again- this is PERFECTION! I don't like chunks of onion in my gravy so I ran it through the blender and made it the day before (I had homemade chicken broth on hand). On Thanksgiving I just reheated it and mixed in the turkey drippings prior to serving. Don't skip the cognac! It is critical to the richness. Wish I could give this 10 stars!
    This gravy was the star of my Thanksgiving dinner! I did not have turkey drippings because we fried our turkey. I used butter. Absolutely delicious! I will continue making it well into the future.
    Made it exactly to the recipe and it was DELICIOUS. LOVED making it the day before and adding turkey drippings the day of. Added cognac, white wine and cream as suggested, and it was PERFECT. Thank you Ina 
    This gravy was perfect! I've been struggling with the gravy at Thanksgiving for past couple of years so I decided to try something different and I picked well. My father in law, the gravy expert, declared it his favorite dish of the whole meal. Thank you Ina!
    My first time making gravy so I wanted something simple and pretty foolproof. This recipe was turned my turkey drippings into a delicious gravy. I added cognac which mellowed out the saltiness of the drippings. I had to make a second batch of gravy and the second time it made it a little more sloppy, so the gravy did not emulsify well, and separated. Oh well, better make double batch the first time around next Thanksgiving. Thanks Ina for this great recipe.
    Just had this gravy with our Thanksgiving meal and it was absolutely delicious! I did add the cream and cognac and it was perfect. My gravy was salty but that's because I didn't realize my turkey drippings were very spicy. I was able to fix this by adding more chicken broth (no salt) Next time, however, I will add the salt AFTER adding the other ingredients and will taste to see if additional salt is needed. Thanks, Ina, you're the best!!!
    This was very easy and very tasty! No stress which is what you want on Thanksgiving!!
    I made Ina's wonderful turkey, this gravy, and cranberries. Ina your in a league of your own, the very best! Anyone can share a recipe, you tell us the why, what, and how like know one else! I could listen to your calm voice all day long. I no longer panic Thanksgiving day!
    Ina is truly amazing...I have never had a successful homemade gravy recipe until this one. The taste is out of this world and I did add the wine and heavy cream at the end for that richer taste. I couldn't stop licking the spoon!
    The taste is delicious, but mine came out VERY salty. Put a cut up raw potato in to absorb some of the saltiness, hope it works!!!
    Absolutely delicious! Thank you, Ina! I have never been successful making gravy until now. Can't wait to serve this to the family, especially my dad. He's the star cook in our family. Now if only I could get over my fear and loathing of making pie crust....baby steps, I guess. Maybe Christmas.... Happy Thanksgiving!
    This is BY FAR the best gravy I have EVER had! I have made it the last two years and I will not have another Thanksgiving without it!
    After all these years I have amazing gravy ready the day before Thanksgiving. Thanks Ina
    I just made this gravy. Oh my god it is so first-class! I didn't add any alcohol or any turkey dripping yet. I will add them tomorrow when the turkey gets roasted. I have never been the gravy maker but this year I am proud to serve this gravy. Love it. Thanks for the tip Ina on the Thanksgiving Live show the other day about cooking several days before Thanksgiving. All I have to do on the special day is roast the turkey and I am done.
    I just made this gravy for Thanksgiving on Thursday, and it is delicious! Every who sampled it, also thought it was very tasty. I can't wait to serve it to our guests; bet they will be surprised that I made homemade gravy. 
    Thanks Ina for an easy and delicious recipe!  
    Flag as inappropriate

    Thank you! your flag was submitted.

    More Recipes and Ideas

    This recipe is featured in:

    Ina Garten's Thanksgiving Menu