How To Make Gravy For Thanksgiving 2017: 3 Easy Recipes Anyone Can Cook And Serve

Say what you want, but Thanksgiving would not be the same without gravy. Whether you like it chunky and thick or thin and runny, this sauce helps to pull the meal together. Here’s the backstory on this brown sauce and some top recipes you may want to try out for turkey day.

Many of us may associate gravy with a jar or can, but authentic gravy is traditionally made from animal juices or “drippings” thickened with a starch, in most cases flour.

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Today, gravy helps to make a dish more savory and moist, but according to What’s Cooking America, these sauces were originally created to help mask the flavor of tainted or rotting foods. Lovely, I know. Hundreds of years ago there was no refrigeration, so dishes went bad quickly. The Romans were quite renowned for this food-masking technique, creating elaborate gravies with rather pungent ingredients, such as anchovies, to obscure the smell of their rotting foods.

11_21_turke What are you going to have alongside your turkey this Thanksgiving dinner? Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

While gravy has been around for thousands of years, “instant” gravy is a relatively new idea, with roots tracing back to the 1960s, The Atlantic reported. Here, Pillsbury ushered in the age of instant gravies with their gravy mixes, which allowed consumers to mix a powder with water in order to nearly instantly get a smooth gravy for their Sunday dinner.

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Today, store-bought gravy mixes and condensed jar and canned versions are extremely popular, but some people like to try out the “real deal,” at least over the holidays. Here are some of the most popular turkey gravy recipes the internet has to offer, in case you you’re feeling a bit ambitious this holiday.

Classic Turkey Gravy

Here is a traditional recipe with a five-star rating from The Food Network. The ingredients are simple, consisting of only a handful of herbs, butter, and some turkey bits. However, the combination of the cooking and prep time is a staggering three hours so it's best not to try and prepare this if you’re in a hurry. However, if there is no rush, why not give it a go.

Anthony Bourdain’s Turkey Gravy

This dish has more ingredients than The Food Network's turkey gravy, asking for both Asian fish sauce and dry red wine. However, with only 15 minutes of prep time and an hour of cooking, this sauce could be made not only on Thanksgiving Day but also as an addition to a mid-week dish.

“Mom’s” Pick, Best Turkey Gravy

This recipe may not have as fancy of a cook or brand to back it, but with over 90,000 shares and also a five-star rating, the numbers speak for themselves. Best yet, the cooking time is incredibly fast, bringing you from prep time to serving in only 20 minutes.