Turkey Gravy

 - by Elizabeth

Another inexact science.  If you want exact, Google it.

Generally it goes like this.  Turkey drippings are really fatty, and you don’t need all of them otherwise you’ll be making VATS of gravy.  So drain off all but about 1/2 cup.  I save them just in case I want them. I place the turkey pan, with its drippings on a couple of burners, and start scraping and stirring while adding an equivalent amount of flour to the pan, start with about 1/2 cup.  Stir, stir, mixing it in and letting this roux cook and brown (but not too fast–don’t have the heat too high).  When all the flour is incorporated, start adding the giblet brew first, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing it in, adding more, and when you run out of that and if the gravy is still too thick, add chicken broth. If you over-added and it’s soupy, don’t despair.  Put 1/2 cup cold water into a Tupperware-style container, add 3-4 tablespoons cornstarch, and shake well.  Add this a little at a time until you see the mixture thicken up.  Note: some use flour in that water mix, but mine always is lumpy and then I have to strain it, which is doable.  I just prefer the ease of the cornstarch.

Salt and pepper to taste and get someone to help you tilt the pan to pour it into the gravy boat.

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