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Grain-Free Gravy {GAPS, Paleo & Primal}

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This peasant-style gravy is easy to make and soooo rich in flavor! And not that you needed another reason to love gravy, but it’s packed with minerals and collagen (which reduces cellulite and wrinkles – hey! hey!).

Note: Though not as heavy as traditional gravy, this recipe will thicken a bit as it cools to room temperature.


  • 3 tablespoons grass-fed butter, ghee, bacon fat or coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 cups leftover pan drippings from your turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken or turkey stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons grass-fed gelatin


Add drippings, broth, salt and pepper to a medium-sized sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often. Just before serving, add 1 teaspoon gelatin to cold water and let sit for one minute. Add to gravy and mix until dissolved. Continue process using 1/2 tsp increments until gravy reaches desired thickness (it will thicken more as it cools to room temp). Stir in butter/ghee/bacon drippings/coconut oil and allow to cool a little before serving.

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18 Responses to Grain-Free Gravy {GAPS, Paleo & Primal}

  1. Kristen Ethridge says:

    Hi, Heather-

    Thanks for all the work you’re doing in getting all these recipes up! We are frying our turkey, so we won’t have pan drippings, per se. What would you suggest as a substitute?


    • Heather says:

      Glad you’re finding them helpful, Kristen! Chicken broth that has been reduced a few times will work!

      • Kristen Ethridge says:

        I can do that. I have a ton of stock I just made.

        Yeah, I think our table will look a lot like yours. :) We’re not grain-free, though, so I will be experimenting to make a real food version of DH’s favorite broccoli rice casserole.

        • Nicole says:

          Do you eat flour? If so- make a morney sauce (bechemel with cheese- use a strong cheese though) – and use that as the sub for the processed cheese. I did it last year and it worked beautifully

  2. Michelle Merritt via FB says:

    All of your recipes are awesome! We are about to jump back into full time nourishing eating (after holidays and after I give birth and settle) and I am collecting like a squirrel from your blog <3

  3. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Awww, so glad they’re inspiring you, Michelle Merritt! Believe it or not, many of these recipes are easier and faster than the traditional versions. We’ll probably do a GAPS Thankgiving next year for that reason alone :)

  4. Michelle Merritt via FB says:

    Oh I agree! My only problem is I am not doing any cooking, so eating at the fams house is basically as traditional as you get. Next year I will be back on my game! Thia year just got rough and i am due within the coming week for baby number 2 :) i keep grains to a minimum but there has been more take out pizza lately than i would like. My only solice is that i am a chicken stock master! That keeps me feeling somewhat good about our eating. Oh, and im not afraid of fat :) The stuffing g recipe is making me drool, too!

  5. Mommypotamus via FB says:

    Ahhh, a holiday season baby! My first was born 3 days before Christmas and I once had the privilege of photography a Thanksgiving Day birth – makes this time of year even more magical. Rest up and conserve your energy – wishing you a beautiful birth and a lovely time with your family!

  6. Michelle Merritt via FB says:

    Thank you so much:) I hope you and your family have a relaxing holiday as well.

  7. My First GAPS Thanksgiving in Review | Too Many Jars in My Kitchen! says:

    […] do this the next time I roast a turkey and plan to try it with a chicken soon, too.  The gravy had a great flavor, but I wasn’t able to get it to thicken as much as I would have liked.  I […]

  8. Rebekkah Smith says:

    Is it bad that I make this gravy and then just eat it by itself??? lol

  9. Shalonne says:

    Hi, Thank you for this great blog! I can’t see how much cold water to use in this recipe. Can you please let me know how much?

  10. SebbieDue says:

    Where might one find grassfed gelatin? Thanks for all you do!

  11. Samantha says:

    I think I am going to use this recipe for my gaps thanksgiving this year. One question-how are you getting 1 1/2 cups of pan drippings? Are you adding water to the bottom of the pan so that it is more of a broth?

  12. Stephanie says:

    The recipe says 2-3 tablespoons of gelatin but the instructions say 1 teaspoon. What is correct?

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