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Turkey Gravy Recipe

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Kelly Hayden


1 Tbsp vegetable oil
reserved turkey neck (ewww)
1 onion, unpeeled and chopped
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups water
2 sprigs fresh thyme
8 parsley stems
3 Tbsp unsalted butter
cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dry white wine

Make the Broth:
Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Brown turkey neck for 5 minutes. Cook onion for 3 minutes. Cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes.

Add chicken broth and water, scrape pan bottom, and bring to boil. Add herbs and simmer, skimming foam from surface, for 30 minutes. Pour broth through fine-mesh strainer.

Make the Roux and Thicken the Broth:
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour. Cook, stirring constantly, until nutty brown and fragrant, 10 to 15 minutes. Bring reserved turkey broth to simmer.

Gradually add hot turkey broth to roux. Vigorous and constant whisking at this point is key to avoiding lumps. Reserve 1 cup of broth for deglazing roasting pan.

Simmer gravy, stirring occasionally and skimming scum from surface with spoon, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Set aside, covered, until turkey is done.

Deglaze the Pan and Add the Drippings To the Gravy:
Pour drippings through mesh strainer set over measuring cup. Let liquid settle until fat rises to top. Return vegetables in strainer to roasting pan.

Tilt measuring cup and use wide, shallow soup spoon to skim fat off surface. Reserve defatted drippings. Return gravy in saucepan to simmer.

Place roasting pan over two burners at medium-high heat. Add wine and reserved 1 cup broth and scrape up browned bits in pan. Boil until liquid reduces by half, 5 minutes.

Strain roasting pan liquid into gravy, pressing on solids to extract all liquid. Add defatted drippings to taste.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
This is the world's best gravy and it's easier to do than it sounds, especially since the broth can be done ahead of time. Made this for the first Thanksgiving that Jason and I hosted (2019) and people were still talking about it days later. This recipe is for a 12-14 pound turkey, so double if you are doing a larger one.




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