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How to Make Easy Turkey Gravy
Use turkey stock to make this easy gravy if you can find it, or use a good quality low sodium chicken stock. You could also use homemade stock or stock made from cooking the giblets.
- wooden spoon or whisk
- measuring spoons and cup
- serving bowl and ladle or gravy boat
- fine metal sieve, optional
- blender, optional
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 5 cups giblet stock* or low-sodium turkey or chicken stock
- gravy browning sauce (optional
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
To make giblet stock put the neck and giblets in a saucepan with 5 cups of water. Bring the water to a boil over hight heat. Skim any foam off the top, reduce the heat a very low simmer, and cook for about an hour. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and discard the solids. If you don't have quite 5 cups when you finish, supplement with purchased stock or broth.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Melt the Butter
Place a skillet, sauté pan, or saucier over medium-low heat and add 5 tablespoons of butter. Cook, constantly stirring, until the butter has melted and begins to get foamy.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Add the Flour
Sprinkle the 5 tablespoons of flour over the butter and stir or whisk until smooth and well blended.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Cook the Roux
Continue cooking the flour and butter, while stirring or whisking, for 2 to 3 minutes. Be careful not to burn this roux, or you will have to start over.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Add the Stock or Broth
Gradually whisk in the 5 cups of stock, stirring until well blended. Cook, constantly stirring, until the gravy begins to bubble and thicken.
At this point if your gravy seems too thin, combine a few tablespoons of flour with the same amount of cold water. Stir until a smooth paste has formed. Very slowly stir it into the boiling gravy until it is thickened as desired.
If the gravy seems too thick, thin it with more stock, broth, or water.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Season the Gravy
If desired, add browning sauce, a few drops at a time, until you have a nice rich color. Don't pour directly from the bottle, because your gravy could end up darker than you'd like.
Taste the gravy and add kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
Note: Browning sauce is usually found near the packaged gravy. Gravy Magic and Kitchen Bouquet are two brands.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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Gravy-Making Tips and Variations
Pour the gravy through a fine-mesh sieve into a serving bowl with a ladle or into a gravy boat. The sieve should remove any lumps. Discard the solids.
- Use no-salt or low-salt stock or broth.
- For a smoother gravy, process in a blender before adding it to the serving dish.
- If you have drippings, separate and skim off the fat and use it to supplement or replace the butter in the roux.
- A specialty flour, such as Wondra, is very fine and less likely to leave lumps.
- A sprig or two of fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme can be added just before you remove the gravy from the heat. Or add some chopped parsley. Discard them when you strain the gravy.