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Classic Turkey Giblet Gravy

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"Here's a classic recipe for silky-smooth, deeply-flavored gravy that will have guest s singing your praises! It makes enough for the table and the turkey leftovers. If giblets aren't your thing or your bird came without them, skip to step 3 and prepare as directed, substituting canned broth for the homemade giblet broth. Keep warm until serving, whisking occasionally."
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Ingredients

2 h 15 m servings 147
Original recipe yields 18 servings

Directions

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  1. Heat butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat; cook and stir giblets and onion until browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Add 6 cups water to onion mixture and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, cover saucepan, and simmer until liquid is reduced by 1/3 and meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Strain broth through a fine-mesh strainer into a measuring cup to measure 4 cups. Add more water if needed to make 4 cups.
  3. Place the turkey roasting pan with drippings over 2 burners on low heat; add 1 cup water and stir to release brown bits of food.
  4. Pour drippings into a fat separator or a small bowl and allow fat to rise to the top; skim off excess fat and transfer to a 1-cup measuring cup. Fat should equal 3/4 cup; add butter if needed to get to 3/4 cup fat. Strain liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-cup measuring cup, adding more water to equal 2 cups if needed.
  5. Combine the 2 cups drippings liquid and 4 cups broth in a bowl and cool.
  6. Heat fat in a 3-quart saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour until mixture is smooth and light brown, about 2 minutes. Gradually mix broth mixture into fat mixture using a whisk until smooth; bring to a boil and cook at a full boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat to low and simmer, whisking often, until gravy is thickened about 15 minutes. Season gravy with salt and pepper.

Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • If you want meaty bits in your gravy, reserve neck and giblets when straining the broth in step 2. When cool enough to handle, remove meat from neck and finely chop along with giblets. Add to gravy at the end of step 6.
  • Editor's Note:
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the giblets and onion. The actual amount of the giblets and onion consumed will vary.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 147 calories; 12.6 4.8 3.2 52 19 Full nutrition

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BEST gravy I have ever had. All my family loved it. I added celery and carrot to the giblets and onion. I also cut up the neck and added to giblets. Instead of 6 cups of water I used 4 cups of t...

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My family do not want to know that the giblets are used! Usually, I use a grave separator (which is hard to find) and take off as much fat as possible before I make the gravy. Otherwise, I kno...

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BEST gravy I have ever had. All my family loved it. I added celery and carrot to the giblets and onion. I also cut up the neck and added to giblets. Instead of 6 cups of water I used 4 cups of t...

turned out amazing, I followed this recipe exactly.

This gravy came out perfect. I didn't have enough time to cook the giblets for an hour and a half, so I used a pressure cooker instead. Same with letting the turkey drippings cool and spooning o...

Wonderful, robust gravy and easy to make though it takes a while to get to the end. This recipe makes ALOT of gravy (like 5 cups) so I will half it next time for just an average family serving. ...

My family do not want to know that the giblets are used! Usually, I use a grave separator (which is hard to find) and take off as much fat as possible before I make the gravy. Otherwise, I kno...

Excellent!

I made this exactly as written. This is the first time I've attempted giblet gravy. I felt it was missing something. My Mom always adds a pack of turkey gravy mix to her giblet gravy, and it ...

Used it today thanksgiving 2014 everyone loved it