The Best Turkey Gravy
I am of the opinion that the very best Turkey Gravy is made from the renderings of a Roasted Turkey that was seasoned and brined. So hopefully you followed my Turkey Brine recipe or at least made one before you cooked your bird because this gravy recipe depends on it. There aren’t many additional ingredients to this recipe because most of the ingredients are already there, cooked into the turkey. So, if you’re getting exhausted and you’re looking for an amazing gravy recipe that is easy to prepare… this is the recipe for you!
Traditional vs. Gourmet Turkey Gravy
Traditional Turkey Gravy is made virtually the same with only a few subtle differences. Gourmet gravy has flavors most folks don’t think about that profoundly effect the flavor, like citrus. Some use lemon… I use orange, some use sherry or wine… I use beer but either way, these all produce gravy that is out of this world. All of the other ingredients, as I mentioned before, come from the marination of the brine and the added ingredients to the roasted bird.
My Roasted Turkey, for example, is stuffed with onion, oranges and seasoned butter stuffed under the skin of the breast meat. These ingredients, cooked down in the oven, produce drippings that create the most wonderful flavor and that’s why we use it to make gravy. Traditional gravy uses this method as well only the gravy base is usually started with butter and flavor to make a roux. You can do that too, if your prefer, but I keep the flour out of my recipe and I use a small amount of corn starch instead, to thicken the gravy. I also often start my gravy recipes with bacon grease instead of the butter, because that adds more flavor as well. Other than the addition of the fruit, tomato and rosemary, everything else is basically the same. It’s also common to make a stock, using the turkey giblets, and add that to the gravy for flavor but that will be up to you.
Turkey Gravy Ingredients:
1 Onion, chopped
2 Oranges, pealed and separated
1 Sprig Rosemary
1/4 cup Cider
Add all of the Roasted Turkey Drippings
1/2 can Beer
2 tbsp Corn Starch, mixed with 2 tbsp water
Salt and Pepper to taste, I use white pepper.
Be sure to follow the instructions in the Turkey Gravy video tutorial and I’ll show you just how easy this is to make.