Many people like to save time and serve a store-brand gravy during Thanksgiving. Although this saves time, it does waste a perfect opportunity to use a couple parts of the turkey most people throw away. Not to mention homemade tastes so much better.
I have found that if the broth is already done, by the time the turkey has rested, the gravy is ready to serve without any extra waiting. For people who dislike giblets just omit the step adding them at the end.
- Package of organs and turkey neck found inside the cavity
- Leftover vegetable parts after making stuffing
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- Drippings from the roasted turkey
Cover the turkey neck and leftover vegetable matter in 6 cups of water in a large stock pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer skimming any foam for 30 minutes. Add the remaining turkey organs and cook stock another 45 minutes. Strain stock into a bowl reserving the cooked organs. Set the cooked neck aside to enjoy as a treat while cooking everything else. Mince the cooked organs as small as possible and set aside in the refrigerator. After turkey is done, strain pan drippings into a bowl. Spoon three tablespoons of fat into a sauce pan from the top of the drippings. Scoop the rest of the fat out of drippings and discard. Add butter to fat in pan and bring to heat. Add flour and stir constantly until roux turns deep golden brown. Add the stock and one cup drippings to roux and whisk heavily to eliminate lumps. Cook until gravy begins to thicken, about 12 minutes. Add giblets and cook until heated through. The gravy can then be kept on very low heat until turkey is ready to serve.
A little gravy wisdom from The Simpsons: Courtesy of IMDB, this is Katherine’s all-time favorite food-related exchange, and there are so many, from The Simpsons. The episode is from 1997 and Homer is at the doctor’s.
Dr. Hibbert: Well, your cholesterol level is lethally high, Homer, but I’m more concerned about your gravy level.
Homer Simpson: Now, wait a second. You doctors have been telling us to drink eight glasses of gravy a day!
Dr. Hibbert: [laughs] Well, you’re a little confused.
Homer Simpson: Oh, confused, would we?
We couldn’t find that clip, but here’s another take on the secrets to gravy: