Turkey Gravy Recipe

Turkey Gravy Recipe

What would a delicious turkey dinner be without gravy? To me, sauces are the most interesting part of a meal, especially when you are cooking large cuts of roasted meat. You can achieve much more complicated and complex flavors inside of a sauce than you will ever be able to transition consistently through the entirety of the roast. This is where sauces and gravies come into play and you can truly see and taste their brilliance. This gravy is designed with chemo patients in mind and also to use the pan drippings from my brined turkey recipe. Tasting Guidelines: Taste is savory. Weight is medium. Texture is soft. Good for people with low to severe treatment side effects. Emotional response of home cooked holiday love. Best categorized as traditional American.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Holiday, Thanksgiving
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gravy, recipes, Thanksgiving, turkey gravy
Servings: 8 people
Author: Chef Ryan Callahan
Cost: $2


  • sauce pan



  • 1.5 qts. pan drippings from brined and roasted turkey recipe on cookingforchemo.org
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch mixed into cold water

Flavor Balancers:

  • 1 tsp. black pepper finely ground


  • 1 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp. sage ground


  • Transfer pan drippings to a 2 qt sauce pan. Add all seasonings and cornstarch. Mix together well. Bring to a boil to allow cornstarch to thicken. Once gravy is thick it is ready to serve.


Pan drippings should have plenty of salt and seasonings simply by the nature of the brining process. This is why you do not need to add a lot of seasonings to the gravy. If your turkey was made according to my turkey recipe, the pan drippings should be very flavorful. If you do not brine your turkey, you will probably not have a full 1.5 qts. of pan drippings. Simply substitute chicken broth or stock to make up the difference in liquid.
If your gravy is not savory enough, simply add 1 tbsp. MSG and taste for Roundness of Flavor.

Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimen. Talk with your dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

This recipe is taken from Cooking for Chemo …and After! By Chef Ryan Callahan -The Cancer Chef. For more cooking for chemotherapy recipes like this, you can pick up a copy on Amazon . Have specific questions? Email us at cookingforchemo@gmail.com

About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a 2x Gourmand World Cookbook Award Winning Chef. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments. He has dedicated his life to helping cancer fighters navigate the difficulty that eating related side-effect present to the cancer fighter.