• December 12, 2019

    Make-Ahead Herbed Peppercorn Brown Gravy

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    This DELICIOUS brown gravy recipe will having you licking the pot and accepting all the compliments from your guests. Made in advance, so totally stress-free.

    plate of turkey with homemade brown gravy drizzled overtop

    I adore this silky-smooth herbed peppercorn gravy, especially when I’m hosting a holiday dinner party. It’s so delicious you’ll lick the pot. Best part is that it can be made fully in advance for a no-stress holiday meal.

    Am I the only one who is sweating and distracted and faced with performance anxiety by the time the roast is finished and have to make the gravy while all your hungry guests are staring over your shoulder?

    This make-ahead turkey gravy is so simple. Just gently re-warm it and serve. The secrets are store-bought turkey broth (or homemade frozen broth from another roast, if you’re that organized) and a really well-browned roux (flour and butter mixture) to get lots of delicious toasty browned flavour in there. A splash of cream at then end contributes to the rich flavour and silky-smooth texture.

    How to Make Brown Gravy In Advance

    1. Cook minced onion in butter until soft.
    2. Stir in flour and cook to a deep butterscotch colour for a deep nutty flavour and rich colour.
    3. Slowly whisk in broth and herbs.
    4. Simmer until thick and then add cream.
    5. Strain into a heat-safe storage container, cool slightly, then refrigerate until just before serving. Rewarm over low heat when ready to serve.

    Can You Freeze Homemade Gravy?

    Yes! Push a large freezer bag down into your blender container to stand it up so you can easily ladle in the gravy. Squeeze out as much air as you can before sealing the bag, then lay it flat and freeze up to 3 months. When freezing gravy, leave out the cream. You can add it when you reheat it later.


    This recipe yields about 2 1/2 cups of gravy – double it or even triple it if you’re serving a crowd.

    Make-Ahead Herbed Peppercorn Brown Gravy Recipe

    This make-ahead brown gravy is so delicious you'll lick the pot. Best part is that it can be made fully in advance for a totally stress-free meal.
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Course: Dinner
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Turkey Gravy
    Servings: 6
    Author: Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD


    • 4 tbsp butter
    • ¾ cup minced onion from about ½ of a large onion
    • 1 tsp coarse salt divided use
    • 4 tbsp flour
    • 2 cups turkey broth
    • 1 tbsp rosemary coarsely chopped
    • 1 tbsp whole peppercorns
    • ½ cup heavy whipping cream


    • Melt the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and ½ tsp coarse salt and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
    • Stir in flour and cook, stirring frequently, until it turns butterscotch colour.
    • Very carefully whisk in the chicken stock in a slow stream. Be careful, it will bubble up quickly.
    • Stir in the rosemary and peppercorns and turn the heat down to low. Whisk in cream and remaining ½ tsp salt. When the mixture thickens, turn off heat and cover. Let stand for 1 hour to infuse flavours.
    • Just before serving, return the gravy to a simmer over low heat. Force through a fine-mesh sieve into a serving dish. Discard solids.


    • Shown here served with a Butterball Turkey Roast. To cook it, preheat oven to 325°F. Place frozen turkey breast (netting still on) on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Brush with oil. Cook uncovered for 4 hours or until internal temperature reaches 165ºF.
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    Hi, I'm Jennifer Pallian, BSc, RD. I studied cooking, baking and food chemistry in a university lab, have years of experience as a professional test kitchen recipe developer and providing technical baking support to bakeries and home bakers. Want to know why your bread didn't rise? I've got your back.I now work full-time as a blogger, putting the years of science and baking to work right here. On Foodess, I share the best recipes in my arsenal - tested-till-PERFECT recipes for cozy baking, easy recipes for weeknight meals and delicious globally-inspired comfort food, plus lots of science-based cooking and baking tips. Welcome!

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    wendy west

    5 stars
    this is awesome. im going to be making it from now on for family dinners with turkey. only thing i plan on changing is subing cream for milk. that is because of liver issues. cream makes me sick. wonderfull recipe


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