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The ultimate turkey gravy

  • Easy

Every good gravy starts with great stock. If you want to make this ahead, you can leave out the giblets, freeze and defrost on the day

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Ingredients

  • turkey fat 3 tbsp, (see method in the link below)
  • plain flour 3 tbsp

STOCK

  • turkey giblets roughly chopped
  • chicken wings 1.5kg
  • vegetable oil 2 tbsp
  • onion 1, roughly chopped
  • carrots 2, roughly chopped
  • celery 2 sticks, roughly chopped
  • garlic 1 bulb, halved horizontally
  • bay leaf 1
  • thyme a few sprigs
  • white wine 300 ml

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Spread the giblets and wings between 2 roasting trays, ensuring they aren’t overcrowded. Roast in the oven for 1 hour, turning halfway, until really caramelised.

  • Step 2

    Heat the vegetable oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Cook the onion, carrots, celery and garlic for 10-15 minutes or until well caramelised. Tip in the bay, thyme and wine, and bubble for a few minutes, scraping any sticky bits off the bottom of the pan.

  • Step 3

    Tip in the giblets, chicken wings and any left-over fat, scraping the trays really well. If you can’t get the crusty bits off the roasting trays, tip in 150 ml of water to each, put back into the oven for 10 minutes, then remove and all the crusty bits will come off easily.

  • Step 4

    Pour 2.5 litres of water into the pan and simmer gently for 1 hour 30 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Pour into a large, wide pan through a fine metal sieve or muslin, a ladleful at a time, pushing all of the juices through. Simmer gently for another 1 hour 30 minutes, skimming regularly, until reduced by half.

  • Step 6

    To make the gravy, put the roasting tin you used to cook the turkey over a medium heat. Skim 3 tbsp of turkey fat from the settled jug of turkey juices and tip into the tin. Add the flour and stir for 4-5 minutes, scraping up all the golden bits from the bottom and sides of the tray until the flour is golden. Add the hot stock and turkey juices, ladle by ladle, stirring in between. Bring to a boil and check for seasoning. Pour into a gravy boat and serve piping hot.

Skimming the stock

A neat little trick, and the most effective way to skim stock, is to put a ladle in the middle of the large pan and swirl outwards in a spiral, forcing all the fat to the edge, making it easier to scoop out from the sides.

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