Brandy-Laced Gravy


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time10 mins
  • Makes3 cups (750 mL)
*PLUS Cooking time: 40 minutes
Brandy-Laced Gravy

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A hint of brandy kicks this classic turkey gravy up a notch.


  • turkey giblets, and neck

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup brandy, see tip, below


  • While turkey is roasting, coarsely chop giblets, then place with neck in a saucepan. Add broth, bay leaves and onion. Cover and simmer, 30 min. Strain and save liquid.

  • Remove turkey from pan. Skim and discard fat from pan juices. Place pan over 2 burners or pour juices into a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Then, whisking constantly, sift in flour a little at a time. Continue whisking until smooth and thick, 2 min. Then gradually whisk in giblet broth and brandy. Reduce heat to medium. Stir frequently, uncovered, until as thick as you like, 8 to 12 min. Taste and add pinches of salt and pepper or more brandy, if you wish.

Kitchen tip

If you don't want to add brandy, increase chicken broth by 1/3 cup (75 mL).

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 141, Protein 1.7g, Carbohydrates 2.1g, Fat 12.6g, Sodium 178mg.

This gravy is the perfect pairing for our Five-Herb Turkey recipe.

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