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Angela Hartnett's turkey gravy

Angela Hartnett's turkey gravy

Gravy needs to be super-flavourful and really hot, and there must be plenty of it. This one has a hint of dried chilli and I always make it on the day, as I think it gives the best result.

Angela prepares this recipe for Nick Grimshaw and guest Florence Pugh on the Christmas-themed episode 15, season 4 of Dish, the Waitrose podcast. She serves it with a roast turkey with rosemary, thyme & lemon butter and all the trimmings: roast potatoes with confit garlic; Brussels sprouts with hazelnut pangrattato; spiced cranberry sauce; orange & honey glazed carrots; pear, Gorgonzola & red chicory salad; and apricot, sausage, sage & almond stuffing – and then tiramisu for dessert! Nick pairs their festive meal with Fenaroli Pecorino Superiore white and Villa Antinori Toscana 2020 red wine – plus a bottle of Waitrose Champagne Blanc de Noirs, as it’s Christmas. 

Discover all recipes prepared by Angela Hartnett on seasons 1-4 of the Dish podcast. Dish is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Gluten free
  • Serves8
  • CourseAccompaniment
  • Prepare10 mins
  • Cook35 mins
  • Total time45 mins


  • 2 onions, unpeeled and sliced into thin wedges
  • 4 clove/s garlic, crushed
  • ¼ tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 sprig/s thyme
  • 2 sprig/s rosemary
  • 1 stick celery, sliced
  • 2 tsp tomato purée
  • 250ml white wine
  • 700ml Cooks’ Ingredients Fresh Chicken Stock


  1. Remove the roasted veg from the tin used to roast the turkey and set aside. Pour the reserved turkey cooking juices into a jug and allow the fat to separate. Reserve 2 tbsp fat and carefully skim the rest of it off into a separate jug (cool, chill, then use for future roasts).

  2. Set the turkey roasting tin on the hob and heat the reserved cooking fat, then add the onion wedges, crushed garlic, chilli, herbs and celery; cook for 5 minutes over a medium-high heat. Add the tomato purée and the reserved roasted vegetables and cook for 2 minutes.

  3. If using, add the reserved turkey trimmings to the tin and fry for a further 5 minutes until turning deep golden. Add the white wine, then cook, stirring, until reduced by ½. Crush the vegetables and turkey trimmings (if using) with a masher or whisk to maximise the flavour. Add the reserved cooking juices and the chicken stock to the tin and simmer for a further 20 minutes. Strain the gravy through a sieve into a saucepan, season and keep warm until ready to use.

And to drink...

Fenaroli Pecorino Superiore, an irresistible Italian white wine – exclusive to Waitrose – with a sea breeze aroma from vineyards close to the coast.

Villa Antinori Toscana 2020, a silky red from Antinori, the most historic Tuscan winemaker. 

Waitrose Champagne Blanc de Noirs, made with only Pinot Noir grapes, it boasts ripe fruit flavours and a biscuity character.



Typical values per serving when made using specific products in recipe


438kJ/ 106kcals



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