American Kitchen Classic Basic Turkey Gravy
- Ready In:
- 4 cups turkey stock or 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1⁄4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 bay leaves or 1 sprig thyme
- 4 dried mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons madeira wine
- kosher salt, to taste
- In a medium saucepan, bring 4 cups of stock to a boil. Remove from heat and keep warm.
- Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour and cook, whisking, for 1 minute. The roux will become smooth and golden brown. Keep whisking!
- Within 2-3 minutes it will be the color of cafe au lait (golden brown) and smell slightly toasted. Gradually whisk in the warm stock and bring to a boil. Lower heat so the gravy is at a bare simmer.
- Add the bay leaves, mushrooms and Madeira and let simmer until grav is reduced by half. Remove the bay leaves and the mushrooms by a slotted spoon. Keep warm until turkey is finished.
- Transfer the turkey to a carving board and strain the drippings from the pan into a measuring cup. Skim the fat, add enough water to measure 1 cup.
- Place the roasting pan over two burners on medium high heat. Add the drippings mixture and deglaze the pan, stirring and scraping any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Strain into the gravy and simmer until slightly thickened, 10 minutes. Season to taste and serve.
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