Thanksgiving memories from childhood are some of my favorite. We always spent them at my Grandma’s first playing with my cousins then all sitting down at the kiddy table awaiting a dinner that perfumed the condo with smells of cranberries, turkey, gravy and more. It was a time of complete bliss and fun that didn’t end at the dinner table. When the big meal was finished and we were done bugging the adults for dessert for what seemed like an eternity, we then went through papers and magazines telling all our aunts and uncles the millions of Christmas presents we wanted that year. These thanksgiving traditions continued for many years, the kiddy table may have been pushed for too many years, but still brings back wonderful memories of just being with family and enjoying the simple things in life.
Gravy is a holiday tradition that’s a must have with turkey and mashed potatoes. Just a few simple ingredients and no need to over complicate this velvety perfect sauce. It consists of butter, flour ,salt, pepper, pan dripping and/or stock. Technically cooks will say use turkey stock or turkey drippings, but I have a confession to make, I use chicken stock and a mixture of turkey drippings. Using chicken stock always adds more flavor to me and its still in the poultry family so technically it is ok. Plus, sometimes there are no rules in cooking and what you like is what goes! Still using some of the pan drippings to carry the beautiful flavors from the turkey into the delectable gravy.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday filled with love, laughter and lots of food! Remember not to overcomplicate the simple things in life and just enjoy them, all together! Love, Whisking Mama 🙂
- ½ cup butter (1 stick)
- Salt and pepper
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- 3½ cups of pan dripping and/or stock(turkey, chicken or vegetable, your preference)
- If using pan drippings use fine mesh strainer to allow for smooth consistency
- In sauce pan over medium heat melt butter
- Add salt and pepper
- Slowly whisk in flour until well combined, whisk for about a min or two
- Slowly add in pan dripping and/or stock constantly whisking
- Cook for a few minutes to thicken up the gravy and keep warm until ready to serve
- Special note:
- You can always add more or less stock/drippings depending on your desired gravy consistency.
- Also, personally I used 1 cup drippings to 2½ cups of stock. This ratio is just an example, you can use half and half, all stock or all drippings!
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