Great Paleo Diet Thanksgiving Gravy Recipes
What is Thanksgiving if there isn’t any gravy to complement the turkey you’ve just roasted? Having no gravy is a sin for people who take pleasure in eating Thanksgiving turkey. And these Paleo Diet Thanksgiving gravy recipes will definitely make your Thanksgiving meal the tastiest one of all.
A Thanksgiving turkey is never complete without gravy. Yes, you can smother it in spices and glaze it all over with a lot of sauce to achieve that special taste. But without the gravy, the turkey can still look and taste bland for many. A Thanksgiving gravy is a game changer for people who just love good food and want to have a complete Thanksgiving meal. But this is not just the limit of gravy since we can serve it any time a family wants to have a good roast or even some fried meat.
Gravy is definitely a great way to make a dish taste better. And in Paleo, there are several gravy recipes that you can find. These recipes are made with ingredients that do not disregard Paleo rules; otherwise, it will be a shame for the people who truly want to go all Paleo. So in the recipes, I have here for you, you can definitely say you have ingredients that are Paleo diet food approved and you will create a gravy that will fit not just Thanksgiving but any occasion. These recipes will take your guests by storm and you will definitely see your turkey finished in minutes.
Paleo Diet Thanksgiving Gravy Recipe 1
All the drippings and/or scraps from the bottom of the roasting pan
Let’s Make Paleo Thanksgiving Gravy Recipe 1:
- This is the simplest way of making gravy.
- Take all the drippings and/or scraps from the roasting pan you used. No other ingredients needed – just what you have left in the roasting pan!
- Blend everything in a blender or food processor.
- In a pan, reheat the blended drippings and/or scraps. Re-heat until your desired thickness is achieved and pour into a gravy boat ready for your guests to then take as little or as much as they want.
- 2 Tablespoons (30 g) Butter (Choose one that comes from grass-fed cows whenever possible)
- 1 Onion – Finely Chopped
- ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Black Pepper (Freshly Ground is best)
- 1 ½ Tablespoon (45 g) Starch (you may use Arrowroot, Tapioca or Potato – These are all Paleo approved!)
- 5-6 Tablespoons (74-89 g) Blanched Almond Flour
- 1 ¼ Cups (296 ml) Chicken Broth (Homemade if possible)
- ½ Teaspoon (2.5 g) Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon (15 ml) Heavy Cream or Coconut Milk (This is optional)
- ¼ Teaspoon (1.25 g) Pepper
- Salt to taste
- • Place a saucepan over a medium to low heat. Sauté the butter, pepper, and onions in the pan.
- • Cook the onions for 20 minutes. This will give the onion a nice golden brown color. We call this method caramelizing.
- • Once the onions are caramelized, add the blanched almond flour and starch. Give a good stir and let it sit for 1 minute.
- • Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan. Stir continuously as the gravy boils.
- • The gravy will start to thicken. Take it off the heat once the desired thickness has been achieved.
- • Add salt to taste and blend it in a blender or food processor if you wish to make the gravy smoother.
- • When the desired thickness and smoothness has been achieved pour the gravy into a gravy boat.
- • Serve and let your guests enjoy their Thanksgiving turkey with your tasty gravy!
These recipes can definitely bring the best out of your Thanksgiving turkey. But there are a lot of people who can’t seem to get the thickness right. If you want to have a thicker gravy, there are some other methods that you may want to try. These methods are simple and some may need ingredients but these are definitely Paleo lifestyle approved. With these methods, you’ll definitely have thicker and tastier gravy for any dish that requires one.
Using Paleo Diet Approved Flours
This is one of the most common methods used for making the gravy thicker. This is also the method used for the recipe I’ve featured above. Flour can definitely make the gravy thicker and is even used when making stews and sauces. Be careful when choosing a flour to use, because most commercial flours are not Paleo diet approved. Two of the most common flours used in Paleo are coconut and almond flour. Adding flour, however, may affect the taste, so make sure you check the flavour of your gravy before you serve it.
Reduction of Liquid
If you have no flour available, reduction of liquid can help with thickening your gravy. You just need to cook your gravy for longer. The liquid in the gravy will naturally be reduced and you do not have to worry about its taste changes. It is also important to remember that as gravy cools it will also then become thicker. So if you choose to use the reduction method, make sure you do not reduce the amount of liquid in it too far, otherwise, you’ll have a big blob rather than gravy. This is true for any method you may use for making gravy.
Make a Paleo Roux
Roux is made of flour and fat cooked together. We use Roux not only for gravies but also for sauces and stews. Just like flour, there are limited types of fats you can use for making a roux, so you must be careful in choosing the type of fats you will use. Some even use the fat from bacon, which can be delicious when used for gravies and sauces. Using starch when making a roux will give the gravy or sauce a glossier look.
Do the Veggie Mix
If you want something healthier as a substitute for your gravy to thicken, then pureed veggies can do the trick. You can add whatever Paleolithic diet approved veggie you can think of. It will enhance the flavour, add more vitamins and nutrients to your gravy, and create a gravy that will suit the dish it is partnered with. You can add pureed veggies to your sauces or stews and you’ll have a tasty dish. Vegetable puree can also give a sweeter taste than other methods and flour cannot give.
So there is over one way to thicken your gravy. These methods may not only be better but may also prove to be a much cheaper option. It all depends on the kind of gravy you want to create. Whatever method you choose, these Paleo diet recipes and methods for creating the best gravy possible will definitely be a hit at your next Thanksgiving meal or any other important occasion.