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Thanksgiving is not the same without thick and delicious, classic homemade turkey gravy made using leftover drippings and homemade turkey stock. | aheadofthyme.com

Classic Homemade Turkey Gravy


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  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Thanksgiving is not the same without thick and delicious, classic homemade turkey gravy made using leftover drippings and homemade turkey stock.


Ingredients

Turkey Stock:

  • turkey neck and giblets (or turkey neck only)
  • 2 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, coarsely chopped
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, whole
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2-3 fresh sage leaves
  • 6 cups water

Gravy:

  • 4 tablespoons fat from turkey drippings
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • juice from turkey drippings
  • homemade turkey stock (instructions below)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Make the Turkey Stock:

  1. In a large pot, add turkey neck, giblets (optional), carrots, celery, onion, garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage and water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and maintain a simmer. Cover and simmer for 2 hours . Strain the turkey stock in a mesh sieve and discard solids. Set aside.

Make the Gravy:

  1. Remove your cooked turkey from the roasting pan and pour the drippings and brown bits into a clear measuring cup. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the fat and juices to separate.
  2. Remove the fat by tilting the measuring cup gently and use a spoon to skim out the fat. Place the fat in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Add turkey stock to the juices until you have 4 cups of liquid in total.
  4. In a medium saucepan, add 4 tablespoons of fat and heat over medium high heat. Add flour and whisk together. Cook for a few minutes.
  5. Add the liquid mixture slowly and whisk continuously to prevent clumping. As the sauce thickens, add more liquid.
  6. Allow mixture to come to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes uncovered. If you prefer a thicker gravy, continue to simmer until it reaches a consistency that you like.
  7. Strain the gravy through a mesh sieve. Add salt and pepper to taste.