Slow-roasted turkey juices reduce and intensify for a divine sauce. Use any reserved giblets here. If you didn't roast the neck, sauté it for 8 minutes. Remove and discard the neck once the gravy is done.
Serves 16 (serving size: about 1/4 cup)
1. Place a ziplock bag inside a 2-cup glass measure. Pour pan drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes. Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into a small bowl, stopping before fat layer reaches opening. (You should have about 1 1/2 cups drippings.) Discard fat.
2. Place roasting pan from turkey or a large saucepan on a burner over medium-high. Add neck, milk, and maple syrup to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring frequently. Combine 1/2 cup chicken stock and flour in a bowl. Add turkey drippings, flour mixture, remaining 2 cups chicken stock, pepper, and salt to pan, scraping to loosen browned bits. Strain stock mixture into a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until reduced to 3 1/2 cups. Remove from heat. Stir in chopped thyme.