How to Make Turkey Gravy

Gravy may not make or break the turkey dinner at Thanksgiving or Christmas, but there's no doubt a boatful of rich, flavorful gravy to pour over the turkey, dressing and potatoes is really the finishing touch. And despite all the intimidating talk about perfect gravy being an art form, learning how to make turkey gravy is really quite simple. While gravy in years past was simply the drippings from the pan scraped up with crusty bits of meat and perhaps thickened with a handful of arrowroot or cornmeal (hence all the jokes about lumps), gravy today is smooth as satin, thin enough to pour easily but thick enough to stick to your food without ending up in a puddle.
-Hey everyone, I'm Judith. Well, today, I'm gonna be showing you how to make home style gravy, a fantastic accompaniment with some nice roast turkey. So, what you will need for this is pan drippings from roast turkey; 1/4 cup of all purpose flour; chicken broth or water. So first things first, let's get our saucepan. Now, we have been roasting a turkey and we just go happen to get our drippings, our lovely fast from there. We've skinned actually the excess fat from the lovely juice that comes from the turkey when you roast it. So, that goes into our saucepan there. Put that on medium heat. In goes our flour and that's gonna thicken up our gravy. So, if you don't wanna put all in at once that's fine, just stir, get that all going. Depending on how thick you obviously like your gravy, depends on how much more flour you wanna put in. Just put the rest of it in there. Give that a good stir and as you see that's coming together beautifully. Then, we'll add in our broth. So, obviously, if you don't have broth, you can just put in water, but this is just gonna add some much more flavor. So, we're gonna cook and stir our gravy on a medium heat until it gets nice and thick and bubbly. As you can see, it's bubbling up there pretty quickly. So, keep giving it a good stir until you get it to the consistency that you like. Look at that, and that should make about 2 cups and so that will be perfect of a nice roast turkey or chicken or whatever you're making. So as our gravy has thickened up nicely, we can just transfer that into a measuring jug or bowl, whatever is easiest. Oh, smells gorgeous. Those pan drippings really do make a difference in the flavor of your gravy, beautiful, give that a nice little stir, pull that over your roast turkey on thanksgiving and you will be on very happy job. There you go everyone. That's how you make home style gravy.

What You'll Need

  •  Pan drippings from roast turkey
  • 1/4  cup all-purpose flour
  •  Chicken broth or water

Step By Step

Transfer turkey to a serving platter. Strain pan drippings into a large measuring cup. Skim fat from drippings; reserve. Place 1/4 cup of the fat in a medium saucepan. Stir in flour. Add enough broth or water to drippings in the measuring cup to equal 2 cups.
Add all at once to flour mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Season with salt and pepper. Makes 2 cups (8 to 10 servings). Recipe may be doubled.

This recipe for turkey gravy can be doubled. And that might be a smart idea, since you'll want plenty to pour over that delicious plate of leftovers the next day.
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