Total Time
4hrs 50mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 4 hrs 30 mins

A staff favorite from "Food & Wine." No matter how ample the drippings, you never have enough for gravy. You can prepare stock weeks before Thanksgiving so you have it on hand not only for making gravy, but also for preparing soups, braising vegetables and moistening stuffings.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. In a large roasting pan, roast the turkey parts for 1 1/2 hours, or until well browned; transfer to a large pot.
  3. Set the roasting pan over 2 burners.
  4. Add 4 cups of the water and bring to a boil, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom.
  5. Add the liquid to the pot.
  6. Add the veggies, garlic, salt and several pinches of pepper to the pot along with the remaining 3 quarts of water and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce the heat to moderately low, cover partially and simmer the stock for about 2 1/2 hours.
  8. Strain the stock and skim the fat before using or freezing.


Most Helpful

This really was a time saver. My oven happens to be broken (new oven was due to arrive day prior to Thanksgiving and didn't). Was looking for a means to make T-day easier. Ended having to roast turkey in a large roaster. Having this broth ahead of time relieved much stress. Great if you are planning on having a crowd. I'll be doing this every year. Thanks.

charlie #5 November 25, 2007

Excellent! This was so easy and the broth tastes wonderful. I can't wait to make gravy with it tomorrow. Thank you!

Maggie in Minnesota November 21, 2007

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