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It may seem like a challenge, but good gravy that's also keto-friendly is achievable. It's the perfect thing to drizzle over a Bacon-Wrapped Turkey or Mashed Cauliflower. If you don't quitte have enough pan drippings you can sub with extra broth. Other meats' grease works well here too, like bacon or sausage!
How do I make keto gravy?
Classic gravy is a sauce made from rendered fat and flour: only one of those ingredients are okay to eat while keeping keto. Still, even without the flour, you can make a rich, thick gravy. Though there are plenty of keto-approved flour replacements (coconut flour, almond flour, flaxseed meal, and sunflower seed flour to name a few), none can create quite as creamy a sauce as xanthan gum.
What is xanthan gum?
It might sound scary, but xanthan gum is a common food additive that acts as a thickening agent, emulsifier, and binding agent, particularly in gluten-free baked goods. It’s available for purchase online, and a little goes a very long way. You’ll only need about half a teaspoon of xanthan gum to thicken 3 cups of gravy.
If you don't want to use a thickener you could simply make a looser "jus" by just combining all the ingredients and bringing to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and let the gravy reduce until you've reached your desired consistency. It might not be as rich but it will be bursting with turkey flavor.
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turkey pan drippings
low-sodium beef broth
Freshly ground black pepper
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Slowly add pan drippings and broth, whisking until smooth. Bring to a boil, then add Worcestershire and garlic powder and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat and let simmer 10 minutes.
- Add xanthan gum and whisk to combine. Let simmer another 5 to 10 minutes until starting to thicken. Gravy will thicken more as it cools.
- If gravy is too thick, thin with more broth as necessary. Serve warm.
Nutrition (per serving): 42 calories, 1 g protein, 1 g carbohydrates, 0 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 3 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 228 mg sodium