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Thanksgiving Tip: How to Get Great Gravy

I never really had a hard time with gravy until last year when it would not thicken. You can imagine the panic attack I had when I explained to my guests why the gravy was as runny as water. To ensure that this doesn't happen again, I've read every piece ever written about gravy. Here are some of the tips I've learned for making it great:

  • Think about proportions. Start by figuring out how much gravy you want. Generally you'll need about 1/2-cup per person. For 4 cups of gravy, you will need 4 cups of stock.
  • You will also need fat to make the gravy. For 4 cups of gravy, you'll need about 6 tbsp. of fat.
  • Use the pan juices when making the gravy. Put the pan on the burner and collect up the fatty goodness. These are full of delicious flavors.
  • Deglaze the pan with wine to ensure the flavorful browned bits are removed from the bottom of the turkey roasting pan.
  • Flour or cornstarch is necessary to make a roux.
  • Make sure the stock/broth is hot when you add it to the mixture.
  • Use a wire whisk to make the gravy.
  • The gravy must reach the maximum heating point— begin to boil — before it will start to thicken.

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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
no salt over here
MamaD MamaD 9 years
There is a terrific flour for gravies and sauces called mixes better and doesn't clump up like regular flour. I use it all the time when making a roux whether it's for a meat gravy or a cheese sauce. It's the best tip my mom ever gave me!
mollywog mollywog 9 years
I make wonderful gravy... now if I could just figure out how to make mashed potatoes work well... lol
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Lord I hate gravy...
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
That's pretty much what I do. I never buy that store-bought fake jarred gravy.
chutzpah chutzpah 9 years
I mix 6 tablespoons of flour with all the pan juices and then little by little add the stock, about 3-4 cups...very rarely add salt as I prefer to let people who want salt to add their own. Add some Kitchen Bouquet if you need more color in your gravy!
brookrene brookrene 9 years
i tried to make gravy the other day...what a disappointment! haha. thanks for this, i can definitely use it.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
Gravy is actually pretty easy
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
:drool: gravy!
michichan michichan 9 years
don't forget the power of salt.
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