Primal Turkey Gravy

As a bit of practice before Christmas I tried to put together a primal turkey dinner.  I got fairly close with

  • Roast turkey
  • Coconut bread stuffing (I’ll put up a recipe for coconut bread later)
  • Curried broccoli salad
  • Berries and whipped coconut milk
  • Gravy

The gravy was a bit interesting, but turned out well.


  • turkey drippings
  • 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum


After roasting a turkey, remove the turkey from the roasting pan and pour all liquid into a four-cup measure.  Let it stand until the fat separates and remove fat (in my case I ended up with about a cup and a half of rich, dark turkey drippings).  Sprinkle xanthan gum on top and mix vigorously until thickened and smooth.

This gave me a little over two cups of thickened turkey drippings to be used as gravy.

The texture worked quite well, and the flavor was better than I am accustomed to with normal gravy (flour tends to detract from it, I think).  Normally I need to hammer gravy fairly hard with black pepper and other seasonings, but this was quite nice just by itself — and strong enough that not so much was needed with the meal.

I’ve got some other options I’d like to try, including simple reduction, and using egg yolk, but this was quick, simple, and tasty.

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