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Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio
Prep time 37 mins
Total time 1 hr, 52 mins
Yield Makes 4 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 pounds turkey drumsticks
  • 3 carrots, cut into pieces
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 6 fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Salt to taste

How to Make It

  1. Brown Drumsticks and Veggies: Preheat oven to 400°. Pat drumsticks dry. Cook drumsticks and next 3 ingredients in hot oil in a large roasting pan over medium-high heat. Cook drumsticks 3 minutes on each side; cook vegetables, at the same time, stirring often.

  2. Reserve Flavorful Pan Drippings: Bake drumsticks and vegetables in pan at 400° for 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion of drumsticks registers 160°. Remove from oven. Remove and discard vegetables and parsley using a slotted spoon. Reserve drumsticks for another use.

  3. Whisk in Chicken Broth and Stir Until Smooth: Whisk flour into hot drippings in pan, and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, 1 minute. Gradually whisk in chicken broth until smooth. Whisk in pepper.

  4. Cook Gravy to Thicken and Develop Flavor: Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and gently boil, whisking occasionally, 45 minutes or until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Season with salt to taste.

Cook's Notes

To make ahead: Cool gravy 45 minutes. Cover and chill up to 3 days. Add a few tablespoons of broth, and reheat over medium heat.