The Perfect Turkey Gravy: A Masterpiece for Your Christmas Dinner

Are you ready to elevate your Christmas dinner to a whole new level? Look no further than the gravy. This humble sauce has the power to bring all the elements of your holiday feast together on one glorious plate. And at Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we have the secret recipe for the most amazing turkey gravy you’ll ever taste.

The Perfect Turkey Gravy: A Masterpiece for Your Christmas Dinner
The Perfect Turkey Gravy: A Masterpiece for Your Christmas Dinner

Unleashing the Flavor

As the turkey rests, its flavors intensify, creating a perfect canvas for our incredible gravy. Start by draining the excess fat from the roasting tray and placing it back on the heat. Remove the bacon from the top of the turkey and the roasted onions from the cavity, inhaling their mouthwatering aroma. Cut up the bacon and onion, then add them to the tray. The sizzling sound and tantalizing smell will make your taste buds dance.

The Chef’s Secret

When we had the privilege of cooking Christmas lunch for Parisian chefs, they shared the secret to outstanding turkey: resting. The turkey cooked for three hours, and we rested it for another three. The result? A flavor explosion that will leave you in awe. Now, chop up the roasted lemon and add it to the tray. Throw in a couple of sprigs of rosemary for an aromatic punch, and fry them up. Next, add three chopped tomatoes to thicken the gravy and infuse it with freshness.

Capturing the Essence

To truly capture the essence of the turkey, snap off the wing and add all the little trimmings to the gravy. These often discarded pieces hold an incredible depth of flavor. Don’t let them go to waste! Pour in some dry cider to enhance the taste with subtle apple notes. As the cider reduces, pour in the resting juices from the roasted turkey. The combination of flavors will take your gravy to new heights.

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Creating Perfection

Once the liquid has reduced, mash the vegetables and turkey pieces with a masher to extract every drop of flavor. Now, it’s time to give the gravy some body. Pour in the chicken stock and let it reduce once more, deepening the flavors. Take a moment to taste the magic. Close your eyes and savor the richness of the gravy. It’s pure bliss.

The Finishing Touch

To ensure your gravy is a masterpiece from start to finish, strain it through a sieve, extracting all the goodness. Add a sprig of rosemary for an extra touch of fragrance and let it infuse. And for the grand finale, sprinkle crushed walnuts into the bottom of the gravy boat. Ladle in the hot, velvety gravy, and watch as the walnuts add a delightful crunch and nutty flavor to every spoonful.


  1. How long should I rest the turkey before making the gravy?
    Rest the turkey for as long as you cook it. This allows the flavors to intensify for a truly spectacular gravy.

  2. Can I use a different type of fruit cider?
    While our recipe calls for dry cider, you can experiment with different flavors to suit your taste. Apple cider works well, but feel free to get creative!

  3. What can I do with the leftover gravy?
    Leftover gravy can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. It’s perfect for sprucing up sandwiches or serving with leftovers.


At Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we believe that every element of a meal should be extraordinary. Our turkey gravy, made with love and expertise, will elevate your Christmas dinner to new heights. So, gather your loved ones, savor every bite, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill for more culinary inspiration. Happy cooking!

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