How to make gravy ahead of Christmas Day

Make it, freeze it, and it's one less thing to worry about

Gravy being poured from gravy boat
Preparing a good supply of gravy in advance can help you cut down on last-minute tasks on Christmas Day. Knowing that you have it sitting in the freezer can also keep stress levels down and let you get on with other tasks.

The recipe above, adapted from one by Jamie Oliver, can be made at any time and stored in the freezer, ready to be defrosted on Christmas Day. Alternatively, take it out of the freezer on Christmas Eve and allow it to defrost slowly overnight in the fridge.

If you prefer to make it on the day, Gordon Ramsay's homemade Christmas gravy recipe offers a flavourful alternative and uses multiple tricks to extract every last drop of savoury deliciousness from the contents of the roasting tray.

He also shares his top tip for roasting a turkey, first shown to him by French chefs in Paris when he was just 21.

More Christmas food tips from Gordon Ramsay:
Roasting a turkey with flavoured butter
What temperature to cook turkey


Tasty gravy options:
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Red wine and clementine gravy

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The very best gravy to make on the day
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Christmas cooking for one or two
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How to have a Scandinavian-style Christmas
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Christmas baking and dessert recipes

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