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Old 10-24-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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Anyone have any killer turkey gravy recipes? I've always just heated some water up with the necka nd giblets, then used that water and the scrapings/juice from the pan mixed with a little flour, salt and pepper. It's good, but oh so simple. Looking to upgrad

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Old 10-24-2007, 07:54 PM   #2
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The gravy from this recipe is wicked, just replace the goose parts with turkey. Best I've ever had. You can also just grab a couple $3.00 turkey wings to use as a base as well.

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Old 10-24-2007, 09:25 PM   #3
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Splash of white wine or so complements the basic gravy as well. Maybe try throwing in some thyme or sage.

Using stock instead of water may give it a little more depth of flavour. Save that turkey carcass, cover with water, and throw in some herbs, onion, celery, carrot. Simmer all day, strain. Chill - skim the fat, then freeze in ice cube trays. Use that for the base of the gravy next time.

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Old 10-25-2007, 03:38 AM   #4
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Just do basically what you've been doing but ditch the water and flour and add a couple cups sliced mushrooms and a couple cans of condensed cream of mushroom soup and a little light cream, very sparingly. Simmer until it thickens.
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Old 10-25-2007, 03:59 AM   #5
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Here's the recipe I make every year (from a magazine I can't remember)...I'm pretty satisfied with it:

6c chicken stock
quartered onion
bay leaf
3/4 stick butter
2 onions very thinly sliced
1T chopped fresh sage
1T chopped fresh rosemary
1/4-1/2c flour
1/2c balsamic vinegar

Simmer the chicken broth, quartered onion, bay leaf, and your turkey "stuff" (neck & giblets) until reduced by half, ~1hr. Skim the foam off the top periodically.

Saute the onions in the butter for 10 minutes until soft, then toss the herbs in and saute another 10m until the onions are nicely soft and golden. Stir in the flour and then whisk in the gravy mixture. Boil and stir until the gravy thickens. Set aside and keep warm.

When the turkey comes out (assuming oven turkey here), add the juices in the roasting pan to the gravy (skim off fat), then pour the balsamic vinegar in the roasting pan to deglaze the fond and put the pan over a burner and reduce to 1/4c.

Add the vinegar mixture to the gravy and enjoy.

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Old 10-25-2007, 04:37 AM   #6
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Reposted from the Turkey thread of last year:

This is the turkey recipe I've been using for a few years now.
The gravy is outstanding.


3 large heads garlic

3 large dried ancho chilies, rinsed, stemmed, seeded, torn into pieces
1/2 cup corn oil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon honey

1 17-to 18-pound turkey, neck and giblets reserved

2 tablespoons corn oil
1 1/2 pounds turkey neck or wings, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
1 large tomato, chopped
1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
5 cups canned low-salt chicken broth

2 cups (about) canned low-salt chicken broth

6 tablespoons all purpose flour
Cayenne pepper

For paste:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Separate heads of garlic into individual cloves (do not peel). Pierce each clove once with toothpick. Scatter garlic on baking sheet; roast until tender and beginning to brown, about 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Peel garlic, cutting hard tip off each clove. Pack enough garlic into 1/2-cup measuring cup to fill (about 40 cloves); reserve any remaining garlic. Blend 1/2 cup garlic in processor to form course puree.
Meanwhile, place chilies in small saucepan. Add enough water just to cover. Simmer over medium-low heat until chilies are soft and most of water evaporates, about 15 minutes. Add chili mixture, oil, cumin, and honey to garlic in processor. Puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Cover paste and garlic; chill.)

For turkey:
Pat turkey dry. Season with salt and pepper. Slide hand under skin of turkey breast to loosen skin. Spread 1/2 cup garlic-paste over breast under skin. If stuffing turkey, spoon stuffing into main cavity. Rub 2 tablespoons paste all over outside of turkey. Reserve remaining paste for gravy. Tie legs together loosely to hold shape of turkey. Place on rack set in roasting pan. (Can be done 1 day ahead if turkey is not stuffed. Chill turkey and paste separately.)

Position rack in lowest third of oven and preheat to 325°F. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over high heat. Add neck and giblets, turkey neck pieces and onion; sauté brown, about 15 minutes. Place contents of skillet around turkey in pan. Add celery, tomato, allspice and any reserved garlic to pan; pour in 2 cups broth. Roast turkey 1 hour 30 minutes. Tent turkey and entire pan loosely with heavy-duty foil. Continue to roast turkey until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180°F. or until juices run clear when thickest part of thigh is pierced with skewer, basting often with pan juices and 3 cups broth, about 1 hour 40 minutes longer for unstuffed turkey (about 2 hours 25 minutes longer for stuffed turkey). Place turkey on platter. Tent with foil; let stand at least 30 minutes. Reserve mixture in pan for gravy.

For gravy:
Using tongs, remove turkey parts from pan; discard. Pour mixture in pan into sieve set over large bowl. Press on solids in sieve to release liquid. Spoon fat from pan juices; add enough broth to juices to measure 6 cups.

Stir 1/2 cup reserved garlic-chili paste in heavy saucepan over medium-high heat until liquefied. Add flour and stir 1 minute (mixture will be very thick). Gradually add 6 cups broth mixture, whisking until smooth. Simmer until reduced to 4 1/2 cups, about 20 minutes. Season with cayenne, salt and pepper.

Serve turkey with gravy.

Serves 14.
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