Saturday, November 24, 2007

Homemade Gravy from the Turkey!

Gravy is not the healthiest, so please consume in moderation.
Of course, a Thanksgiving dinner is not the same without gravy made from scratch, so the following is a recipe for the gravy that I made!!

Making Homemade Gravy Requires the Following Steps:
Step 1: Create the turkey stock
Step 2: Cook the stock with the turkey drippings.

How to make turkey stock:

- Turkey giblets (located in cavity of the turkey)
- 1 carrot
- 1 onion
- 1 celery
- 4 cups of water

1. Get your turkey giblets (neck bone and organs) from the turkey.

2. Chop giblets into chunks. The neck bone may require a large kitchen cleaver and arm muscles.

3. Chop the vegetables

3. Throw vegetables and giblets into a pot.
4. Pour 4 cups of water into the pot, and bring mixture to a boil.

5. Turn the heat down and simmer for 1 hour.
6. After the hour, strain the solids and keep the broth. Discard all solids.

7. Congrats! You just made turkey stock!

How to make Turkey Gravy:
1. Skim oil from the turkey drippings, on the bottom of the roasting pan.
2. Scrape all the dark bits loose from the bottom of the roasting pan. These dark bits add the dark color and meaty flavor to gravy!

3. Turn on the stove, and heat the turkey drippings on the stove, be sure to cook using the same pan that you roasted the turkey in.
4. Pour turkey stock into the roasting pan, and stir the stock and drippings together.
5. In a separate bowl, get 4 tablespoons of flour or corn starch and add just enough water to dissolve the flour.
6. Slowly pour the dissolved flour into the gravy and stir, until all lumps are gone. Pour enough flour until the desired gravy consistency (you may not use all your flour, or you may need more).
7. Simmer the flour in the gravy for 10 minutes, to get rid of the raw flour taste.

The gravy is now done!
Enjoy with mashed potatoes and turkey!

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