Cook3 hrs 15 mins
Being so close to Canadian Thanksgiving, I thought this recipe might be handy. It is traditional in our family and served quite thick to pour over mashed potatoes. Left over gravy can be used up in a turkey casserole. We usually make a turkey shepherd's pie which can be frozen and add the mashed potatoes when defrosted and cooked.
- Remove giblets from bird.
- Place in saucepan.
- Add salt and pepper, sage, celery and onion.
- Cover with water.
- Bring to boil.
- Simmer covered for 2 or 3 hours while turkey cooks.
- When the meat starts to fall away from the neck bones, strain liquid into a blender.
- Chop liver and gizzard and add to blender.
- Pick meat from neck bones and add to blender.
- Puree off and on until liquefied.
- Add flour seasoned with salt and pepper.
- Blend off and on a few times until flour is incorporated.
- After turkey has been removed from roaster.
- Pour fat off, leaving brown bits and juice and bits of stuffing or meat stuck to pan, but remove any skin stuck.
- Whisk as much "stuck stuff" up that you can.
- Pour contents of blender in roaster, whisking as you pour, if too thick add a little water and continue whisking and adding water until reaching consistency you want.
- Don't add too much water at once.
- Place roaster in 450-500 degree oven for 15 minutes.
- Add more water and whisk if necessary, just before serving, but be sure it is bubbling hot.
- Should be fairly thick.
- Pour into gravy boat and serve hot.
- Should be the last thing put on the table so that it is very hot.