Turkey Neck Gravy

Christine Albury

Turkey neck gravy is full of fabulous flavor. Here's how to make it!

Some people are squeamish when it comes to the innards and neck of a turkey and may even throw them away. But once you've tried this turkey neck gravy, you'll see just what a shame it is to waste these parts that contain so much flavor.

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This might be the best gravy you've ever had - and it's so easy to make!

The name of these innards is the 'giblets' and these are made up of the neck, gizzard (which comes from the digestive tract), heart and liver. The only part of the giblets not used in this recipe is the liver. This is because liver cooked in stock can cause the gravy to taste quite bitter

Besides, chicken liver tastes rather good just fried in a pan with a little butter, so it doesn't need to go to waste. Or you can cook it separately to the rest of the gravy, then chop it finely and add it to your gravy once it is cooked.

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Another great option for the liver is to cook it, chop it finely and add it to your stuffing. You'll be amazed by the lovely rich flavor it imparts!

This turkey neck gravy tastes just wonderful poured over your roasted turkey, but you can also use it as a tasty base for soups, casseroles and stews. It's also delicious poured over mashed potatoes.

Once prepared, you should only keep turkey neck gravy in the refrigerator for up to 2 days in a sealed container. When you go to use it again, you may find it has thickened, but you can easily thin it  with a little water or chicken stock. 

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Can you cook the turkey with the giblets still inside?

Usually, the only reason giblets are cooked inside the turkey is because the person doing the cooking left them in there by mistake!

If the giblets were wrapped in a paper bag prior to cooking, there shouldn't be a problem. Although paper isn't a desirable ingredient in your roasted turkey, it shouldn't do any harm. You can safely eat the turkey AND the giblets, if you desire.

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But if the giblets were wrapped in plastic, leaving them in there while you cook the turkey is - sadly - a bit of a disaster. The plastic will likely have melted, leaching chemicals into your food, and leaving the turkey and the giblets inedible.

Moral of the story? ALWAYS check the turkey for giblets before cooking!


Turkey Neck Gravy

    20 Servings


  • 5 cups Chicken Stock, or water
  • 1 Turkey Giblets, including neck, heart and gizzard, not the liver
  • 1/2 medium Onion, chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 4 tablespoons Reserved Drippings, from roasting pan
  • 1/3 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh Sage, chopped


  1. Put the stock or water, turkey neck, heart, gizzard, onion, and bay leaf into a saucepan. 
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer gently for 2 hours.
  3. Turn off the heat, then strain, and reserve the turkey stock.
  4. Once the turkey is cooked, remove it from the roasting pan and put it on to a serving platter, loosely covered with foil. Meanwhile, remove the fat from the roasting pan and put 4 tablespoons of it into a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the flour and cook for about 5 minutes until golden, whisking throughout.
  5. Whilst whisking, add the turkey stock, a cup at a time. 
  6. Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking often. Scrape up any browned bits and juices from the bottom of the roasting pan and add them to the gravy.
  7. Lower the heat and simmer for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. Strain if necessary, add the sage, and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve hot with the turkey.
Source: The Spruce Eats
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Author: Christine Albury
Source: The Spruce Eats
Recipe Yields: 20 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 140 minutes
Total Time: 146 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 20

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 22
Calories 49

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 224mg
Total Carbohydrate 2g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Christine Albury

About Christine

I'm a mom of 5 and love making healthy baby food with wholesome, natural ingredients. In 2005 I started the Homemade Baby Food Recipes website, sharing recipes for everything from simple fruit purees to gourmet curries for the baby food connoisseur! You'll also find plenty of tried and tested tips to help encourage even the most reluctant diner to enjoy a wide range of nutritious new foods. If you enjoy cooking, then you will LOVE learning to become head chef for a very special little customer!

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