Oh, how I love turkey and mashed potatoes smothered in gravy! But wait a minute, gravy is traditionally made with evil gluten-filled wheat flour. Don't despair if you have Celiac Disease or are gluten intolerant. Read on for my no-fail gluten-free gravy recipe, must-have prep tips, and easy gluten-free gravy mixes (opening the packet is the hardest part).
Easy Gluten-Free Gravy Recipe
Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy Recipe Modified Recipe based on Argo Corn Starch
Yield 2 cups
1/4 cup drippings from roasted turkey
1 1/2 to 2 cups gluten-free turkey broth
2 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup whole milk
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
Skim off all but 2 tablespoons fat from drippings from turkey roasting pan. Stir in turkey broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring and gently scraping the pan to loosen brown bits. Remove from heat.
Slowly add corn starch and 1/4 cup milk in a small bowl. Whisk continuously until mixture is smooth; stir into roasting pan. Simmer while stirring constantly over medium heat and bring to a low boil for at least one minute.
It is important to combine all ingredients and then cook the gravy for at least one minute. Cooking for too short a time = gravy that tastes like cornstarch. Taste test along the way.
No-Fail Gluten-Free Gravy Tips
- Keep whisking! Even if your wrist hurts. Whisking is a vital part of great gravy. Whisking ensures the fat and cornstarch are fully combined. Whisking also eliminates lumps.
- Go easy on the turkey stock. Too much will make the gravy watery. You can always add more if needed.
- Don't rush the process. Give your gravy the time to cook properly - it will thicken as it cooks. Prematurely adding extra cornstarch to thicken it up will result in a gooey, gluey mess.
- Go easy on the seasonings (especially salt). Do several taste tests as you're cooking and adjust the seasonings as needed.
- Don't let that gravy get cold! Cold gravy = congealed, jelly-like gravy. Heat up your gravy boat by pouring boiling water into it. When your gravy is ready to be served, dump the hot water out of your gravy boat and fill it up with your gluten-free gravy.
Gluten-Free Gravy Mixes (Packets)
At the time of this article, the above brands offer gluten-free gravy mixes. Please remember that companies can change their formulas and ingredients, so always check before you apply. My mission is to drill this message into your gluten-free noggin.
Note: I have yet to find a jarred gluten-free turkey gravy. Brands such as Heinz, Campbell's, and Libby's all contain wheat flour.