MAKING THE PERFECT GRAVY SAUCE
4 Steps to Making Perfect Pan Gravy
Gravy goes on nearly everything on my plate at Thanksgiving dinner. Turkey, green bean casserole, the sweet potatoes. Hey, even if some gets on my pumpkin pie I’m OK with it.
The most important thing about gravy is that it be lump-free. Perfect gravy is silky and smooth.
The secret to lump-free gravy? Our Test Kitchen cooks tell all:
– Use a whisk! It’s the best tool to distribute ingredients quickly and evenly.
– Whisk your thickener (like flour or cornstarch) into a small amount of broth or water before adding it to your gravy. Adding your thickener directly into the gravy can cause gooey lumps that are hard to mix in.
– And strain the gravy through a fine sieve and return it to the pan to continue cooking; then if you want it thicker, use the thickening method described below.
After removing the turkey from the roasting pan, pour any pan juices and fat into a large glass measuring cup and place in the freezer so the fat rises to the top, about 10 minutes. Skim the fat off with a spoon and discard. Add any accumulated juices from the resting turkey to the defatted pan juices; add enough chicken broth (or other stock) so the combined liquids measure about 5 cups total.
Set the roasting pan over two burners on medium-high heat. Add 3/4 cup deglazing liquid, such as white wine, vermouth or brandy; bring to a boil and cook, scraping up the browned bits from the pan, until the liquid is reduced. Add the 5 cups of broth mixture. Increase the heat to high and return to a boil, whisking often and scraping up any remaining browned bits. Boil until reduced to about 2 3/4 cups, 8 to 12 minutes.
Combine 1/2 cup broth or stock and 1/4 cup all-purpose flour in a small bowl. Whisk the mixture into the roasting pan. Boil, whisking constantly, for 2 to 3 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and pour the gravy through a fine sieve into a large measuring cup. Season to taste with herbs, salt and pepper, if desired.