Why Giblet Gravy Tastes So Good

Why Giblet Gravy Tastes So Good

At Grass Roots, we are big fans of whole-animal eating. This is why we always encourage you to enjoy a variety of cuts, and why all our turkeys are shipped with giblets–heart, liver, and neck.

If you’ve never made giblet gravy it may seem intimidating, but we’re sure once you’ve tried it you’ll make it every year!

One very simple way to use the giblets is to add them to the gravy. For this you’ll need:


•Turkey neck, chopped into three or four pieces
•Drippings from your roasted turkey
•Half a cup of flour
•Salt and pepper to taste.
•4 cups of chicken or turkey broth
•4 cups of water
•1 large onion quartered
•1 carrot chopped
•1 rib of celery cut into 2-inch pieces
•2 sprigs of fresh thyme and flat-leaf parsley
•1 tsp of whole black peppercorns
•1 bay leaf
•2 cups of vegetable oil
•Salt to taste

First, we’ll make our broth for the gravy. You’ll use all the giblets except for the liver.

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat.
2. Add the turkey neck, heart, quartered onion, and 1/2 tsp of salt to the pan.
3. Stir to coat with oil, cover, and cook on low-medium heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add 4 cups cold water and the carrot, celery, bay leaf, thyme, parsley, and peppercorns. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
5. Once boiling, cover, and reduce the heat to simmer until the broth is flavorful, 30 to 40 minutes.
6. Strain the broth and use immediately or let cool.

Now that we have our turkey broth, we can begin making the gravy.

1. Once the neck has cooled, remove as much meat from it as possible. Once you have all the neck meat, chop it in small pieces along with the heart. You can discard whatever is left from the neck.
2. When you take your turkey out of the oven, pour all the drippings from your turkey roasting pan into a large bowl. This includes everything that’s in the pan, including fat, pieces of meat that fell off.
3. Let the drippings rest for a minute or two. The fat will float and settle at the top, leaving the delicious juices and bits of meat at the bottom. Use a spoon to remove most of the fat from the top.
4. Heat a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add one cup of pan drippings along with the flour and whisk the mixture slowly over the heat as it begins to brown, creating a roux.
5. Once the roux reaches a golden brown color, add 4 cups of the turkey broth you just made and 1 additional cup of drippings.
6. Whisk the gravy constantly for about 5 to 8 minutes, or until thickened. Then add the diced giblet meat.

Now you can decide the desired thickness of your gravy. If you think it’s too thick, you can add more broth or drippings. Or if it’s too thin, you can cook it for a couple more minutes. You can also mix one TBSP of cornstarch with 1 TBSP of hot water or broth to form a slurry and add it to the gravy little by little until you reach the desired consistency.