Notes: Up to 1 day ahead, make broth through step 4; cool, cover, and chill. After turkey roasts, add its pan drippings and the wine to broth and bring to a boil, stirring. For a more delicate flavor, replace 1 cup wine with equal amount of broth.
Giblets and neck from a 16- to 20-pound turkey
2 onions (about 3/4 lb. total), quartered
2 carrots (about 1/2 lb. total), cut into chunks
3/4 cup sliced celery
1 quart chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup cornstarch
Roast turkey (16 to 20 lb.)
2 cups Chardonnay
How to Make It
Rinse giblets and neck (chill liver airtight to add later, or save for other uses). Combine giblets, neck, onions, carrots, celery, and 1 cup broth in a 5- to 6-quart pan over medium heat; cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Turn heat to high and boil, uncovered, stirring often as liquid evaporates. Then stir giblets and vegetables until browned and sticking to pan, 12 to 15 minutes.
Add remaining 3 cups broth and pepper, stirring to scrape browned bits free. Cover pan. Simmer gently until gizzard is tender when pierced, about 1 1/2 hours. If desired, add liver and cook 10 more minutes.
Pour broth through a fine strainer into a bowl. Discard vegetables. Pull meat off neck; finely chop neck meat and giblets. Measure broth and, if needed, add water to make 1 quart.
In the pan, smoothly blend cornstarch with 1/3 cup water. Add broth and finely chopped giblets. Stir over high heat until boiling, about 5 minutes.
After turkey is done, skim and discard fat from pan juices. Add Chardonnay to roasting pan and, over low heat, scrape browned bits free. Add wine mixture to gravy and bring to a boil, stirring. Add salt to taste.
I've been using this recipe since it was first published and always receive praise. In fact, one year a couple of the guests argued over who would get the last of the gravy so I now make 3 batches to ensure there is plenty for everyone.
Made this gravy when the recipe came out in Sunset in 1997. Have made it every year since, really don't even need the recipe any longer, it's so easy and in my head.
I make a traditional roux with butter and flour to thicken rather than the cornstarch....it's gravy, not rocket science.
Flavor is incredible and I always make the stock the day or days before and only thicken on the turkey day...so easy. Everybody loves it, everybody!
We made this gravy for the first time back in 1997, right after we moved into our first house. While it takes a long time to make with prep work, a lot of it can be made days in advance, making the final preparations quick and easy. In a nutshell, this gravy is hands-down, the BEST gravy we've ever made. The chardonnay really makes the flavor. THis will be our 11th year making this gravy, and it still tastes wonderful! We actually always have enough to freeze for gravy for the potatoes at Christmas!
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