OUR THANKSGIVING GRAVY CAN MAKE ALMOST ANYTHING TASTE AMAZINGOur Thanksgiving or Turkey gravy makes a staple at every Thanksgiving table. This Festive gravy is easy to make and elevates the flavor of every element of your dinner feast.
- Cooking Time - 15 mins
- Course - Side Dish
- Cuisine - American
- Servings - 6 People
- Pan drippings from one 12- to 14-pound roast turkey
- Roux from the turkey drippings
- Two cups of low-sodium broth
- Vegetable oil or butter, as needed
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- Freshly ground black pepper
This gravy can be flavored with a splash of sherry, wine, or a teaspoon of minced herbs like rosemary, thyme, or sage.
Roux - Tips and Tricks
Roux is a fat-and-flour mixture that is boiled together and used to thicken everything from Gravy to béchamel sauce. Here are a few roux-making tips to help you make excellent gravy.
- The standard roux ratio is equal parts fat to flour, which equals 3 ounces of roux thickening up to a quart of liquid.
- Cook the roux until it smells nutty. Cook the flour until it has a cereal scent and appears dry.
- A thick gravy can be thinned, while it is more difficult to thicken a thin sauce. To put it another way, start with less liquid than you think you'll need.
- Roux-thickened gravies continue to thicken as they cool, so keep that in mind while serving.
- Collect the pan drippings- Set the roasting pan over medium-high heat on the stove after you remove the turkey from the oven and set it aside to rest. Pour in 1 cup of the broth and scrape up all the particles from the bottom of the pan when the pan drippings are hot and sputtering.
- Place the pan drippings- in a liquid measuring cup and store them in the refrigerator or freezer. Refrigerate the fat and drippings. The fat and drippings will separate and harden in 30 minutes. It makes it easier to remove only the fat for the gravy.
- Measure the fat- Scrape off the top of the fat once it has solidified, then measure it. Ideally, you should finish with around 1 cup of pan drippings and 1/4 cup of fat. If you don't have enough, you can make the difference with broth or oil/butter. If you have extra fat, discard some of it and use less broth in the next step. You can also double the recipe if you have a lot more.
- Make a Roux- Heat the fat in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. When the fat is hot, add the flour and whisk to make a thin paste. Allow this to bubble for a few minutes.
- Add the pan drippings- Whisk in the pan drippings to mix with the roux. It will result in a thick, gloppy paste.
- Add in more broth- Whisk in 1/2 cup of the broth to finish the gravy. If you want a thinner gravy, add extra broth; if you want a thicker gravy, let it cook for a few minutes—season with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings to taste.
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FAQs on Thanksgiving Gravy Recipe
What is traditional gravy made of?
Prepare the traditional thanksgiving gravy using a roux of meat drippings and flour. The broth is added to adjust the consistency, and black pepper and herb bits are added for flavor.
What does the flour do?
Gravy begins with a traditional roux: equal parts fat and flour are heated in a skillet until brown and bubbling. Without the flour, it will lack the desired thickness and texture.
What is the shelf life of gravy?
Because gravy is perishable, it will only keep in the refrigerator for two days. However, you can freeze leftover gravy in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to 3 months.
How can I make the gravy thicker?
Stir a couple of teaspoons of cornstarch into a small bowl of cold water until thick paste forms. Whisk a little into your gravy until it reaches the appropriate consistency.
Is it better to make gravy with stock or broth?
You can use either for gravy; however, it depends on the dish. If you're creating a chicken dish, use broth for the gravy. If you're starting beef or turkey meals, though, use stock.
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