Start the stock 30 minutes into the turkey's cooking time so everything will be ready at the same time.
4 cups water
1/2 cup parsley sprigs
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 medium carrots, each cut into 3 pieces
1 large onion, cut into 8 wedges
1 bay leaf
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
Reserved turkey neck and giblets
3/4 cup dry white wine
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons reserved turkey drippings
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
Combine first 8 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer over medium-low heat until reduced to 2 1/2 cups (about 1 1/2 hours). Strain the stock through a sieve into a bowl; discard solids.
Bring the wine to a boil in pan until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 3 minutes). Combine flour and turkey drippings in a bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add to pan; cook over medium heat for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the strained stock, salt, and ground black pepper; cook over medium heat 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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I've been making this recipe for years -- every Thanksgiving. It involves a few more steps, but everyone agrees (who has had this gravy) that it is worth the extra steps. In fact, my daughter asked me for this recipe so she can make it. That alone tells me, it's still a great recipe and a keeper!