You’ve got to roast the turkey, peel the yams, and casserole the green beans, so if standing over a saucepan praying to the gravy gods for lumps to dissolve doesn’t sound like the ideal way to finish off your Thanksgiving Day meal prep, skip it.
Several good varieties of store-bought gravy are available. Many brands release options just for the holidays, when they know frazzled cooks are looking for a few time-saving options.
For those of you who, like Chicago-born me, long thought of ham and redeye gravy as something you might have heard a scruffy gent named Cookie offer up to the cowhands in an old western movie, and not actual in-real-life food, let me share the good news: It is real, and it is delicious. It's also ridiculously simple to make.