Mom's Italian Style Chicken or Turkey Gravy

Thursday, December 15, 2011
I always said Mom made the best gravy and I still think so...

I can't to this day make that same taste... I think this is very close,

but without her love in there it could never be the same... of course the Holidays wouldn't be the same without making her gravy... so here is Margaret's recipe.

this is a homemade Turkey Gravy or homemade Beef gravy my mom's recipe from the 1940's.

Drippings from roasted turkey (you can use all liquid from the Turkey but it must be strained and cleared from cooking the turkey) or use the broth suggested below).

If using beef use beef drippings from any beef roast

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter

2 cloves minced garlic

3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour( we like it thick so heaping spoonfuls!)

2 cups chicken or turkey broth if using beef use beef broth)

1/4 cup Chablis white wine or Marsala wine

Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

1 pinch of garlic powder

chopped parsley for garnish

Strain any fat from the turkey juices in the roasting pan. Add the broth to the drippings to equal at least 2 to 2 1/2 cups. Boil for 2 to 3 minutes.

In a seperate small sauté pan over medium heat, melt the butter saute garlic. When it is soft, add the flour and stir rapidly to cook the flour until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Add the combined drippings. Cook, stirring constantly, until the gravy is smooth and thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the wine and season with salt and pepper and pinch or garlic powder. Add more wine if too thick and garnish with parsley.

Pour into a gravy bowl with a pouring spout.


You can make beef with beef drippings and follow the same directions.

Mom and Dad 1940

Dad Carmen and Mom Margaret... forever in my heart.....

Thank You Mom My Teacher, My Friend, Miss You Always but keep you alive in the kitchen.


  1. What a lovely picture of your parents :) Your mom's gravy looks really tasty. I'm curious to try it. Bye, have a good day

  2. I am glad that posted this. It seems to me like homemade gravy is becoming a thing of the past, much like homemade pasta sauce did. Maybe you will inspire someone else to make it.

  3. Ah - the wine! Secret ingredient - thanks for a must-known recipe.

  4. I have never made gravy, not even once. A lot of people in my family enjoy the thick cream gravy and I really do not like it that much. Your gravy looks much more tasty than the white pasty stuff I know to be gravy.
    This is the first and only recipe saved on gravy, so it will be a definite part of my first experience at making gravy. Thanks Claudia!

  5. Looks like my mom's gravy! What a coincidence! Claudia - you're parents were a styling couple!

  6. Such a great snapshot of your parents...they make such a stylish and handsome couple!!! And your gravy sounds perfect. My hubby wishes I'd make it more often :)

  7. I must try your gravy recipe too...looks so great!

  8. Hi Claudia-I finally posted the Chocolate Chip Date Nut Spice Loaf bread I made, and linked the recipe back to you! I left 3/4 of the bread at Lora's and just brought enough back home to take photo of it! It was gone withing a couple hrs. Thanks for the great recipe!

    Your mom and dad are were such a beautiful couple...your dad "beaming" standing next to your mom!
    I pretty much make the turkey gravy like you do, with white wine added to it!

  9. Beautiful photo of your parents..Classic!!! As a huge Gravy lover I can only appreciate this recipe..Thank you so much for sharing it!!!

  10. I love the photo of your parents. I'm a fan of gravy, just love it. Great recipe.

  11. What a gorgeous couple! You look a lot like your Mom and just as beautiful. I love homemade gravy - sounds delicious with wine in it!

  12. I lOvE gravy!! I think it can be really hard to get it tasting just right and the right consistency and all that jazz. This looks PeRfEcT though! :)

  13. i love the old picture of your parents.. so stylish and sleek... you mom's gravy is a classic... mom's are always best isn't it?
    merry christmas to you!

  14. What a great photo of your parents. Chances are your gravy is just as good as your moms but doesn't taste the same because nothing ever tastes as good as mom made it!

    I can't remember the last time I used garlic powder. I will have to get some since I'm sure what's in my cabinet is too old.

  15. Nostalgic photo - your remembering, especially your mom, makes me realize how blessed you were in that area of your life compared to me. May she always be right there in your garden of sweet memories! A person who came close in my life was my paternal grandmother and my older friend, Jeanne. They were both amazing, loving people, and I miss them too. To be honest in my early years my mother was my world, but later she became my worst enemy. You really didn't want to hear that. :P My son, Jonathan, has written our story in 2 novels so far and maybe it will touch others and stop some from making similar mistakes.

  16. They were a snazzy couple! :)
    I always make goose gravy with my dad for Christmas :)

  17. I've never really thought of gravy as pretty, but yours really is! Love the photo.


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