Enjoy this gluten-free gravy recipe with your Thanksgiving spread of mashed potatoes, turkey, and gluten-free stuffing! This recipe is also dairy-free and extremely versatile.
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What’s mashed potatoes without gravy? Or Thanksgiving turkey without gravy? If you’re following a gluten-free diet, you need a gluten-free gravy recipe – and I’m going to give it to you! Try this simple and easy recipe that’s both gluten and dairy-free!
If you love to slather gravy on your Thanksgiving plate or enjoy gravy throughout the year on non-turkey foods, like chicken, meatballs, or in casseroles, then you’ll know that finding a gluten-free gravy is important if you’re following a gluten-free diet.
Let’s talk about the basics of gravy, then dive in to how to make a delicious gravy that’s not only good for a gluten-free diet, but can be made with different flavors and used on many different dishes.
Is gravy gluten-free?
Most gravy is not gluten-free, as it uses flour as a thickening agent.
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Is gravy dairy-free?
Gravy is generally not dairy-free, as it is made using butter. Butter is made from cow’s milk, making it a dairy product.
How to make gravy gluten-free
There are two main ways to make gluten-free gravy: using gluten-free flour and using cornstarch (or other starch, such as arrowroot or tapioca).
To make a gluten-free gravy with gluten-free flour, you’ll simply replace all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour that has xanthan gum.
This ingredient will help your gravy thicken. If your flour doesn’t have xanthan gum, you’ll likely want to add this to your recipe separately. You can follow the recipe as written.
To make a gluten-free gravy using cornstarch or other starch, you’ll combine cornstarch with cold broth or stock, then bring the mixture up to a simmer, where the cornstarch will thicken the liquid. You can season it as you wish.
Both of these options produce delicious-tasting gravy, and it’s really a matter of preference as to which method you use. For my recipe, I used a gluten-free flour blend, but I have also used the cornstarch method and enjoyed that as well.
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What gluten-free all-purpose flour should I use?
I’ve seen many different gluten-free gravy recipes with many different types of gluten-free flours used. Some with just one flour, like sweet brown rice flour, and others with a gluten-free flour blend. Others use a starch, like cornstarch or arrowroot starch.
To choose a gluten-free flour blend, you’ll want to find one that has xanthan gum in it. This ingredient acts as a thickening agent that you won’t find in most other gluten-free flours.
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I prefer King Arthur Gluten-free Measure for Measure Flour, because it provides consistent results across many different types of recipes for me, but also because I can make gravy in a similar way I’d make it if I were using normal flour.
How to make gravy dairy-free
To make gravy without dairy, you can simply substitute regular butter in a recipe for vegan butter. The recipe will cook up the same as if you were using a traditional recipe with butter, and you can use vegan butter and gluten-free flour to make a roux.
Get the gluten-free roux recipe.
How to make gluten-free gravy
Melt the vegan butter
In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt vegan butter.
Make a gluten-free dairy-free roux
Add the gluten-free all purpose flour to the vegan butter, and whisk. Cook for about 30 seconds. You’re looking for it to get slightly brown in color.
Add the stock
While continually whisking the gluten-free dairy-free roux, pour in the turkey or chicken stock until well combined. Add the herbs, if you’re using them. Season with salt and pepper.
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Simmer and reduce
Bring the gravy to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low. Simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the gravy has thickened and is a consistency you like.
Serve and enjoy
Serve on your Thanksgiving turkey, mashed potatoes, gluten-free stuffing, or any other dishes you love to douse with gravy.
With these steps, you’ll be able to make a delicious gluten-free gravy for the holidays or any time you need a little something to pour on your favorite foods.
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Do I need to use stock? Can I use broth in this recipe?
You have a choice of using stock or broth in this recipe. It can be store-bought or homemade.
Can I use turkey drippings in my gluten-free gravy?
Definitely! You can add turkey (or chicken) drippings to your gluten-free gravy when you’re adding the stock or broth. Depending on how much volume you have from your turkey drippings, you may want to scale back how much stock or broth you add to the gravy.
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Can I make this gluten-free gravy with other stock or broths?
You can make gravy with any type of stock or broth. Chicken and beef stocks, fish stock, vegetable or mushroom broths. All of these will work nicely with this recipe.
What do I do about lumpy gravy or clumps in my gravy?
Lumpy gravy just happens sometimes, but luckily there are a few ways to fix this. This is how I usually fix lumpy gravy when it happens:
- Scoop the clumps out
- Use an immersion blender to break up the lumps and blend them in to the gravy
- Transfer the gravy to a high speed blender (in batches if you have to), leaving the small plastic vent off to allow for venting, and blend the lumps in. Use a cloth towel to hold over the vent to make sure you don’t make a huge mess, but keep it vented, so the gravy doesn’t explode all over your kitchen
What do I put gluten-free gravy on?
You can use this gluten-free gravy in so many ways!
- On turkey
- On mashed potatoes
- On gluten-free stuffing
- On pot roast
- On gluten and dairy-free biscuits and gravy
- On chicken
- On gluten-free meatballs
- In gluten and dairy free casseroles
- On gluten-free meatloaf
- On French fries
- ¼ cup vegan butter
- ¼ cup gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used King Arthur Measure for Measure blend)
- 2 cups turkey or chicken stock or broth
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- Optional herbs: thyme, rosemary, and sage
- In a saucepan over medium high heat, melt vegan butter.
- Whisk in the gluten-free all purpose flour and allow to cook about 30 seconds. You're looking for it to get slightly brown.
- While continually whisking, pour in the turkey or chicken stock until well combined. Add the herbs, if you're using them.
- Bring the gravy to a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium low.
- Simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes, or until the gravy has thickened and is a consistency you like.
If you have clumps in your gravy, you can scoop them out, use an immersion blender to blend them in, or transfer everything to a blender (keeping it vented and a towel over the small top vent) to blend away the clumps.
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I hope you enjoy this gluten-free gravy recipe and find places to slather it on all your favorite foods!