Make Ahead Turkey Gravy
photo by Dine Dish
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 30mins
- 3 lbs turkey wings (4)
- 2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
- 1 cup water
- 8 cups chicken broth
- 3⁄4 cup carrot, chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 3⁄4 cup flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- Arrange wings in a single layer in a large roasting pan.
- Scatter onions over top.
- Roast 1 1/4 hours until wings are browned.
- Put wings and onions in a 5-6 quart pot.
- Add water to roasting pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom.
- Add the brown bits to the pot.
- Add 6 cups broth (refrigerate the remaining 2 cups) add carrot and thyme.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer uncovered 1 1/2 hours.
- Remove wings to cutting board.
- Save wing meat for another use if you wish, or discard.
- Strain broth into a 3 quart saucepan, pressing vegetables to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Discard vegetables.
- Skim fat off broth and discard.
- If time permits, refrigerate broth overnight to make fat skimming easier.
- Whisk flour into remaining 2 cups broth until well blended.
- Bring broth in pot to a gentle boil.
- Whisk in broth flavored mixture and boil 3-4 minutes to thicken gravy and cook flour.
- Stir in butter and pepper.
- Serve now or freeze up to 6 months.
Questions & Replies
This is more a comment than a question. I made this gravy last night and it was horrible! I checked and rechecked the recipe to see where I went wrong but I can't find anything. The flavor was pretty good until I added the broth with the flour into the cooked base. I boiled it for a good 6 or 7 minutes to get the flour taste out. It turned really thick, still had a flour taste and lost all the flavor from the original base. I am so disappointed, but I made it far enough in advance to be able to make my regular gravy for tomorrow's Thanksgiving dinner.
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Lawdy, you don't need my review, because clearly this is a recipe made in heaven, but I wanted to gather the children, put out the dogs, and bring everyone to the table on this one. I do make my own gravy, and don't usually have trouble with it, but the perfection of this recipe is two-fold, one ~ you can do it prior to Turkey Day, and when cooking for vegans, and non-vegans alike, I could certainly use some time saving recipes. And this is it! I made this and used the first amount for our dinner, which included homemade mashed taters. I did/and loved it! Oh man, I honestly, truly, most definitely, love this. However, it's so dang hard not to devour the turkey wings post taking from oven. Thanks for posting such a perfect recipe, I did NOT change one thing.
Life-changing recipe. No more fussing with gravy while your guests wait for the turkey to rest. A couple of tips: Better Than Bullion now has a turkey flavor which can be substituted for chicken broth. Also, if you have an enamel cast-iron braiser, like Le Creuset, roast your wings in it, deglaze, and then it transfers to the stove top for the simmering. One pan to clean.
11/11/2012 I have made this every year for the past five years when I found this fabulous recipe. This year I did make to changes which I will continue to do in the future. One is a used a whole chicken (cut up) instead of turkey wings since I couldn't find at store. Secondly instead of thyme used poultry seasoning. Made a great recipe even better. Made chicken salad with chicken which was great since it had cooked with the veggies. Awesome!<br/>11/2007Thanks, Rae! Wonderful, rich, gravy. Was enjoyed by all this Thanksgiving. Lifesaver for ease of making. I roasted the carrots with the wings and onions. Excellent, can't express how good this was.
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I also have the original recipe, torn from the magazine. It really does make delicious gravy. I saw a previous reviewers hint to use poultry seasoning instead of the thyme and that sounds like such a good idea. The thyme just never tasted quite right to me. Never thought about poultry seasoning...duh...one of my favorite spices!
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