Make-Ahead Turkey Gravy

Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Vanessa McNeil Rocchio

Yield: Makes 4 cups
Total:
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Prep Time:
Total: 1 Hour, 52 Minutes


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

Preparation

  1. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Note:

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.

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