Gravy Is Not Optional On Thanksgiving, So Make Sure Your Recipe Rules

With these recipes and a little forward planning, your gravy will be legendary.

Everyone worries about messing up the turkey when preparing Thanksgiving dinner, but what they should really be thinking about is the gravy. Often the gravy is an afterthough -- which makes sense because it's usually made with the turkey's pan juices -- but sometimes this means it goes horribly wrong.

Ruined gravy -- or worse, the back-up canned gravy -- is a terrible thing to happen to a great Thanksgiving dinner. Don't let it happen to you.

To help ensure that everyone's Thanksgiving comes together without a hitch, we rounded up the best of the best recipes for gravy. Some of these gravies are fancy. Some of them are classic. Some are vegetarian and even vegan, and others you can even make ahead -- you know, to make sure it goes smoothly. Whichever you choose to go with, just please don't botch the gravy. Your meal needs it.

Classic Gravy
How Sweet It Is
Get the Classic Gravy recipe from How Sweet It Is
Cider Shallot Gravy
Annie's Eats
Get the Cider Shallot Gravy recipe from Annie's Eats
Champagne Mushroom Gravy
Simply Recipes
Caramelized Shallot Bacon Gravy
How Sweet It Is
Get the Caramelized Shallot Bacon Gravy recipe from How Sweet It Is
Cider Bourbon Gravy
How Sweet It Is
Get the Cider Bourbon Gravy recipe from How Sweet It Is
Cream Gravy
The Bitten Word
Get the Cream Gravy recipe from The Bitten Word
Giblet Gravy
Simply Recipes
Get the Giblet Gravy recipe from Simply Recipes
Miso Gravy
The Woodside Kitchen
Get the Miso Gravy recipe from The Woodside Kitchen
Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy
Brown Eyed Baker
Get the Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy recipe from Brown Eyed Baker
Vegetarian Mushroom Thyme Gravy
Sarah Shatz/Food52
Vegan Mushroom Gravy
Post Punk Kitchen
Get the Vegan Mushroom Gravy recipe from Post Punk Kitchen
Chestnut And Pear Gravy
Get the Chestnut and Pear Gravy recipe from Food52
Vegan And Gluten-Free Gravy
James Ransom/Food52
Get the Vegan and Gluten-Free Gravy recipe from Gena Hamshaw via Food52

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