I love to cook Thanksgiving dinner and over the years I have learned that I can make certain things REALLY well and others…well, they need a little help! My homemade cranberry sauce is heavenly but my homemade gravy comes out bland, lumpy and not so impressive. I do not want to serve bland, lumpy and flavorless gravy to my guests! I have discovered that If I use a combination of drippings from my turkey, some added sage and ground pepper and a couple packets of McCormick Turkey Gravy I end up with a gravy that everyone raves about! I like watching guests go back for seconds and I am confident every year now that my ‘semi home made with the help of McCormick’ gravy will be a huge success!
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McCormick Turkey gravy packets come in handy the whole year through in my house because our Thanksgiving Day turkey actually lasts for months! I buy a BIG turkey for Thanksgiving and when we are through eating it, we chop up all the leftover turkey and freeze it back in small containers for use in numerous recipes. Our favorites are turkey soup, hot turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pie…the list goes on and on! Turkey pot pie is one of my favorites and by keeping a couple packets of McCormick Turkey Gravy in the pantry, I know that I have a quick meal to feed my family that they will love.
McCormick Turkey Gravy
One of the reasons I love McCormick Turkey Gravy is because it is reliable. It is also made with no artificial flavors or colors, no MSG, and 0 grams of trans fat. I was sent a few packets of the McCormick’s Turkey Gravy to try out in my recipe, although I admit I was already very familiar with it! The one thing I love about it is that I get NO LUMPS…even if you don’t really follow the package directions because you are in a hurry and there are kids arguing and dogs barking and a husband who wants to know where the screwdriver is. One thing I recommend is to use your pan drippings and several packs of the McCormick Turkey Gravy when you make your gravy on Thanksgiving. Then, you will have lots of leftover gravy along with your leftover turkey. It reheats very easily in a small pot so you can use it quickly and easily to create your leftover turkey masterpieces like the pot pie below!
Easy Turkey Pot Pie Recipe
- 3 cups cut-up cooked turkey
- 1 (1 lb) bag frozen mixed vegetables (or an assortment of whatever you have!)
- 2 packets McCormick Turkey Gravy
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups original Bisquick baking mix
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 tsp EACH ground black pepper, garlic powder, sage
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- Heat oven to 375ºF. (350ºF. for glass pan).
- Make McCormick turkey gravy according to package instructions in a medium pan. Add turkey and vegetables and heat gently 5 minutes, just until warm.
- Spread mixture in an ungreased rectangular pan, 13x9x2-in.
- In a small bowl, add Bisquick, cheese, spices and milk and mix until blended.
- Pour evenly over the turkey, gravy and vegetables (crust will rise during baking).
- Bake about 30 minutes or until light brown.
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.