Roasted wings deepen the stock's flavor and color. As with any stock, cook at a very low simmer. Refrigerate for up to three days, or freeze up to three months. Use this stock for Make-Ahead Gravy.
3 pounds turkey wings
1 gallon water, divided
2 teaspoons canola oil
2 cups chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped carrot (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
4 parsley sprigs
1 bay leaf
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
Place wings in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 450° for 1 hour or until browned. Remove wings from pan. Place pan over medium-high heat; stir in 1 cup water, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Remove from heat.
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery; cook 5 minutes or until tender. Add turkey, pan liquid, remaining 15 cups water, peppercorns, thyme, parsley, and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer; cook for 3 hours or until reduced to 12 cups. Strain through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Cover and chill overnight. Skim solidified fat from surface; discard.
A must for Thanksgiving! I have been making 2 batches every year since the recipe first appeared. I cook the stock about 2 weeks ahead of time and freeze it in 5 cup quantities. I use it for 'Make-Ahead Gravy' (CL recipe). I make 2 batches of the gravy, which have the guests raving! I also use 4 cups for the 'Sausage, Apricot and Sage Stuffing' (CL), and pour 1 1/2 cups in the bottom of the turkey roasting pan, instead of chicken broth.
Tip: If turkey wings are not available, use 'wing drummettes' (the drumstick part of the wings). Place only 3 wings in a jelly roll pan for wings to brown properly. (6 wings make 3 pounds, so use 2 pans.)
Line pan with non-stick foil. When wings are done, tear out the spots where the drippings turned to charcoal (powdery black & bitter). There are usually a few spots like this. Dissolve all the rest of the drippings carefully, using boiling water and a wooden spoon. Also snip off tips of wings with kitchen scissors if they turned to charcoal.