How to Make Homemade Gravy

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  • Turkey Gravy
    Rich, savory homemade gravy is one of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner. If you have never made gravy yourself, it is time to banish the pasty store-bought variety from your holiday table, and savor the full flavor of pan drippings. Once you learn the secret of making homemade turkey gravy, you’ll never buy gravy again.

    Read on to learn how to make perfect turkey gravy.

    1. Heat 4 cups of water in a saucepan until hot. Don’t allow it to boil.

    2. Remove the cooked turkey to a cutting board. Use a gravy separator or ladle to remove most of the fat from the roasting pan. Set aside ¼ cup of fat.

    3. Transfer the roasting pan to the stove top, and place it on two burners at medium heat. Add ½ cup of water and stir, scraping bits from the bottom of the pan. Pour the liquid from the roasting pan into the saucepan of hot water.

    4. Add the ¼ cup of reserved fat to the roasting pan. Continue heating over medium heat as you whisk in ¼ cup of flour. Cook and stir constantly until the mixture darkens to a golden color.

    5. Transfer the fat-flour mixture to a large saucepan. Whisk in the hot water and drippings. Simmer over medium height about 5 minutes or until thickened.

    6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a gravy boat.

    Tips:
    • Avoid lumps by using a wire whisk to stir the gravy.
    •  If your gravy becomes lumpy, strain it through a strainer or colander.
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    Written By: Shannon R
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