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Category: Sauces and condiments

Turkey gravy

Turkey gravy
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is stressful, even if you’re a professional. So this year I set out to chart an easier path to a traditional dinner, something with fewer variables but the same reward. Over the last couple of weeks, I ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour, 45 minutes | Serves 8 to 12
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Reserved turkey neck, back and tail, coarsely chopped
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large stalk celery, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 quarts chicken broth, preferably low-sodium
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Salt and pepper

Step 1In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot. Stir in the turkey pieces, turning until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes.

Step 2Add the onion, carrot and celery, stirring until softened and lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, cooking until it darkens, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the wine, scraping any flavoring from the bottom and sides of the pan. Add the broth, parsley, thyme, bay leaf and peppercorns. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and very gently simmer for 45 minutes to make your stock.

Step 3Remove from heat and strain the stock into a large measuring cup, preferably fitted with a fat separator, discarding the solids. Skim and discard the fat from the stock.

Step 4In another saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, stirring to form a roux. Slowly add the stock, whisking to incorporate it with the roux and prevent any lumps. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer and cook, stirring frequently, until thickened and the gravy is reduced to about 6 cups, 20 to 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Each of 12 servings:
Calories 52; Protein 1 gram; Carbohydrates 3 grams; Fiber 0; Fat 4 grams; Saturated fat 2 grams; Cholesterol 11 mg; Sugar 0; Sodium 185 mg
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