Gravy is a must-have for holiday dinners, especially Thanksgiving, adding incredible flavor to everything from roasted turkey to southern-style biscuits. Use our step-by-step guide to make perfect gravy the next time you host Thanksgiving dinner—our recipe gets incredible flavor from bacon and shallots, and can be made ahead of time. The best way to enjoy gravy any time of year is in our favorite classic southern brunch dish—biscuits and gravy are the ultimate comfort food combo, especially with a creamy sausage gravy like this one. It's hearty enough to be a meal all it's own, and sage, chipotle peppers and chives give this traditional dish a little sophistication. Find these recipes and more in Food & Wine's guide to gravy.

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Thanksgiving Gravy Fountain with Holiday Hors d'Oeuvres
Rating: Unrated 1
This recipe takes our Best-Ever Turkey Gravy and adapts it specifically for a gravy fountain, creating cascading streams of savory gravy that pair perfectly with skewered roasted vegetables, stuffing bites, French-dip-style turkey sliders, and mashed potato croquettes. We've included mini-recipes for all of those hors d'oeuvres (made with Thanksgiving leftovers) in this recipe, plus three different flavor variations on the gravy itself. The gravy recipe yields enough to fill a chocolate fountain that calls for 4 pounds of melted chocolate. If you have a fountain that calls for 2 pounds or less, either divide this recipe in half or add half to the machine, and use the remaining gravy to refill as needed. While it's perfectly safe to run the gravy fountain for a few hours, the gravy temperature does hover around 105-110°F; a little cooler than what is considered to be food-safety temperature, so keep it flowing for under 2 hours. Add the fountain to your Thanksgiving menu for maximum joy.
Mushroom-and-Herb Gravy with Apple Brandy
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Multiple factors take this umami-rich gravy to the next level, from the caramelized mushrooms to the herb "whisk" used to impart a fresh herb flavor. Melting cultured butter into the sauce at the end ensures a velvety texture, and also gives the gravy a subtle tang. It's perfect with Thanksgiving turkey and delicious with roast chicken; substitute well-reduced homemade chicken stock for the turkey jus. Learn more about how to upgrade your gravy for Thanksgiving.
Make-Ahead Smoky Madeira Gravy
Rating: Unrated 3
You can make this gravy ahead of time in a pressure cooker or simmer it on the stovetop; either way, this Madeira-spiked gravy recipe will lighten the load on Thanksgiving Day. A concentrated smoked turkey stock serves as the base of this gravy, which will keep in the refrigerator up to three days and also freezes beautifully. Wondra flour helps ensure a smooth consistency.
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Bacon-Shallot Gravy
Rating: Unrated 4766
This delicious gravy is an excellent make-ahead recipe since it doesn’t require drippings from a roast turkey or chicken. The rich flavor comes from bacon, white wine and thyme. Plus:  More Thanksgiving Recipes 

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Smoky Turkey Gravy
This wonderfully rich gravy is taken up a notch with smoky Spanish paprika and an aromatic guajillo chile. Plus:  More Great Thanksgiving Recipes