Prep 20 mins
Cook 4 hrs
I never seem to have enough drippings (no matter how ample) to make as much gravy as I need--at least 1/3 cup of gravy per person, as far as I'm concerned. You can prepare stock weeks before Thanksgiving so you have it on hand not only for making gravy, but also for thinning soups, braising vegetables and moistening stuffings. MAKE AHEAD: The stock can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 1 month. This recipe is from the test kitchen for "Perfect Gravy."
- Preheat the oven to 400°F
- In a large roasting pan, roast the turkey parts for 1 1/2 hours, or until well browned and transfer to a large pot.
- Set the roasting pan over 2 burners. Add 4 cups of the water and bring to a boil, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom. Add the liquid to the pot.
- Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic, salt and several pinches of pepper to the pot along with the remaining 3 quarts of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately low, cover partially and simmer the stock for about 2 1/2 hours. Strain the stock and skim the fat before using or freezing.