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Make your holiday feasts complete with this Perfect Keto Gravy! With under 1 net carb per serving, this indulgent and flavorful keto turkey gravy is a must-have on your holiday menu. Not only that, but it's also an excellent recipe for beef or chicken gravy, making it a versatile addition to your culinary repertoire!
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🍲😋 Perfect Keto Gravy: Low Carb Holiday Must-Have Recipe" 🦃✨
Hey there! I was all set to share my Creamy Low Carb Turkey Stew today because, seriously, it's amazing! Plus, let's face it, we'll all have leftover turkey to use up in a few weeks. But, hold the phone! I had a revelation—I haven't shared my gravy recipe on the blog. How did that slip through the cracks, you ask? I know, I should've had this low carb gravy posted ages ago, especially with the holiday season approaching. So, here it is!
I'm sure many of you low carb foodies thought that gravy was a distant memory when going low carb. I mean, it seemed like a wistful dream that we'd never enjoy again, right? My fellow gravy lovers, you get me.
I vividly remember my first low carb Thanksgiving, watching my family delight in that carby gravy goodness while I sulked a little—okay, maybe more than just a little.
Cue my determined quest to find a solution. I experimented with various options like almond flour, coconut flour, heavy cream, and even cream cheese. They all could whip up some decent sauces, but none quite nailed that gravy essence. Enter xanthan gum, and ta-da, we have a winner!
But what's xanthan gum, you ask? It's a popular food additive widely used in gluten-free cooking and baking. It's a thickening agent, commonly employed in various foods for its stabilizing properties. This miracle powder came into existence back in 1963 and gained FDA approval. Essentially, it's created through a fermentation process involving sugar and a specific bacteria known as Xanthomonas campestris. After drying, it becomes the powder we use.
When you add xanthan gum to a liquid, it dissolves swiftly, creating a stable, viscous solution. This characteristic makes it a fantastic thickening agent for many recipes.
So, with no further ado, here's my no-fail, keto-friendly gravy recipe that'll make your taste buds dance without diving into carb overload!
🥘Perfect Keto Gravy Ingredients
These are the ingredients necessary to make Perfect Keto Gravy.
- Bone Broth - Whether homemade or store-bought, bone broth has fewer carbs than stock.
- Pan Drippings - I freeze all of the drippings every time I cook meat so I can make gravy whenever I want.
- Xanthan Gum - This is the ingredient that makes this the perfect keto gravy!
A detailed list with measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
🔪Perfect Keto Gravy Instructions
This is a basic breakdown of the steps involved in making Perfect Keto Gravy. You will find the full directions in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.
In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in the pan drippings and broth until smooth.
Bring to a boil.
Add the Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, and season with a good amount of salt and pepper, tasting as you go.
Let simmer another 5 to 10 minutes until starting to thicken, whisking occasionally.
Helpful Hint: 💡: Save and freeze leftover pan drippings from roasted meats for future use in making flavorful and rich gravies like this one.
- Broth: While the recipe suggests turkey bone broth, you could potentially use chicken or beef broth if turkey broth isn't available. Each will impart a slightly different flavor to the gravy but will still work well.
- Seasonings: Feel free to experiment with additional seasonings or herbs, such as thyme, rosemary, or sage, to customize the flavor to your liking. However, it's important to adjust these according to personal taste preferences without significantly altering the overall recipe structure.
- Herb-Infused Gravy: Introduce a bouquet garni or fresh herbs like thyme, rosemary, or sage while simmering the gravy. This will impart an herbaceous and aromatic quality to the dish.
- Mushroom Gravy: Sauté some finely chopped mushrooms in the butter before adding the pan drippings and broth. The mushrooms will enhance the umami flavor and add a delightful texture to the gravy.
- Creamy Gravy: Consider incorporating a touch of heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk to add a creamy richness to the gravy. Stir it in at the end of the cooking process for a velvety texture.
- Spiced Gravy: Experiment with different spices or seasoning blends such as smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, or a dash of nutmeg to create a uniquely flavored gravy. Adjust the quantity based on your taste preferences.
This is the equipment you will need to make Perfect Keto Gravy.
Refrigerator: Allow the gravy to cool completely at room temperature. Once cooled, transfer the gravy to an airtight container. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 4 days. Make sure to reheat it thoroughly before serving.
Freezer: If you plan to freeze the gravy, it's best to cool it completely and then transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container. Ensure there's some space at the top to allow for expansion. The gravy can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 to 3 months. When you're ready to use it, thaw the gravy overnight in the refrigerator and reheat it thoroughly on the stove, adding a bit of broth or water to adjust the consistency if needed.
When using xanthan gum, start with a small amount, as a little goes a long way in thickening the gravy. Add it gradually and adjust the consistency to your preference. The gravy will continue to thicken as it cools, so you can always make slight adjustments before serving.
FAQ about Perfect Keto Gravy
Absolutely! This gravy can be prepared ahead of time. Store it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, or freeze it for longer storage. Reheat it on the stove before serving.
If the gravy is too thick upon cooling, you can reheat it and adjust the consistency by adding a bit more broth or water. To thicken it further, you can add a small amount of xanthan gum, but do so gradually as a little goes a long way.
Yes, the gravy can be frozen for up to 2 to 3 months. Store it in a freezer-safe container, leaving some space for expansion. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating and serving.
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- Keto Sausage Gravy
- Keto Salisbury Steaks with Mushroom Gravy
- Keto Honey Mustard Sauce
- Pork Tenderloin with Herb Mustard Sauce
- Keto Red Enchilada Sauce
- Keto Cheese Sauce (Cheez Whiz)
These are my favorite dishes to serve with Perfect Keto Gravy:
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
- Perfect Roasted Turkey
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Keto Dinner Rolls
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Breadcrumbs
- Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce
Perfect Keto Gravy
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in the pan drippings and broth until smooth. Bring to a boil, then add Worcestershire, garlic powder, onion powder, and season with a good amount of salt and pepper, tasting as you go. Reduce heat and let simmer 10 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the xanthan gum and olive oil. Whisk into the drippings mixture.
- Let simmer another 5 to 10 minutes until starting to thicken, whisking occasionally. Gravy will thicken more as it cools but you can add an additional 1/8 teaspoon xanthan gum if needed.
- If gravy is too thick upon cooling reheat a bit and thin with more broth as necessary.
- Serve warm.
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- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with a high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove
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