White Wine and Mustard Gravy Recipe

A plate of smoked turkey breast slices with white wine and mustard gravy, all on a white plate with cornbread dressing in the background..

Serious Eats / Joshua Bousel

Why It Works

  • Butter and flour cooked together create a roux that thickens turkey stock.
  • White wine gives this gravy a dry, fruity flavor with a little tanginess.
  • Whole grain mustard adds texture, while a tablespoon of Dijon delivers mustardy bite.
  • A little honey adds a sweet undertone that contrasts and balances the more prominent mustard flavor.

I thought I had covered all my gravy bases with the five different variations I had previously developed for Thanksgiving turkey. So when Kenji asked me to create another, I was left scratching my head, trying to awaken a brain that thought it was done coming up with new gravies. I inquired if he had anything in mind and got a quick reply: "A gravy designed to taste great with smoked turkey." In an instant, I had an answer.

A smoked turkey on a Weber grill.

Serious Eats / Joshua Bousel

We've got smoked and grilled turkey recipes on the site, but I'd never considered what it would take to make a gravy that would bring out their best attributes.

I'm a lover of South Carolina-style mustard barbecue sauce with smoked poultry, so this seemed like a logical place to start. It just needed a little more sophistication to fit the theme of a holiday meal.

White wine and mustard gravy in a metal bowl being whisked.

Serious Eats / Joshua Bousel

I started off by sautéing shallots in butter for a mellow oniony flavor. In lieu of the bright vinegar I'd normally add to a barbecue sauce, I used a glass of dry wine, which adds brightness and complexity without beating you over the head the way vinegar does. Next, a little turkey stock and, finally, I added in whole grain mustard. It provided a great look and texture, but it's a bit low on sharp mustard flavor. For that, I turned to a tablespoon of Dijon, which also ended up requiring just a touch of honey to balance out its bite.

Smoked turkey breast slices topped with white white and mustard gravy, all on a white plate with cornbread dressing on the side.

Serious Eats / Joshua Bousel

The final gravy has a great rich turkey flavor. The mustards certainly add a strong hit of heat, but it's still mild enough for anyone at the table to enjoy. The wine delivers the right tanginess, while the honey adds just the slightest sweetness. Altogether, the gravy hints at its barbecue sauce inspiration, but is more apt to take its rightful place on the holiday table, pairing especially well with a smoked turkey, but ready to adorn just about any bird, from fried to roasted.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 12 servings
Makes: 3 cups

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  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1/4 cup finely minced shallots

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 3 cups turkey drippings or stock

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Melt butter over medium-high heat in medium saucepan. When foaming subsides, add shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes.

  2. Whisk in flour and cook, stirring frequently, until golden blonde, about 2 minutes.

  3. Gradually add in turkey drippings or stock and wine in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until reduced to 3 cups (710ml), 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Whisk in mustard and honey. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to a week, reheating over medium-low heat before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
91 Calories
5g Fat
7g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 91
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 9mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 99mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)