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Calvados Gravy

Calvados, an apple brandy, adds a sweet finish to this gravy. The neck and giblets roasted alongside the turkey add flavor to the drippings -- discard them in step 1 for a smooth gravy, or return them to the pan at the end for a giblet gravy.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 45 mins
  • yield: Makes 4 cups

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Ingredients

Cook's Note

Storage: Gravy can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. Reheat before serving.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Strain drippings from roasting pan through a sieve, and press to extract liquids; reserve pan. (Shred neck meat and chop giblets if making giblet version, step 4; otherwise, discard.) Pour drippings into a glass measuring cup or a fat separator. Let stand until separated, about 10 minutes. Pour off fat.

  2. Step 2

    Place pan on stove across 2 burners. Add Calvados. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Cook, scraping up brown bits and stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, for 2 minutes. Add reserved drippings and 4 cups stock; bring to a simmer.

  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, whisk together remaining 1/2 cup stock and the flour until smooth. Slowly whisk stock-flour mixture into pan. Simmer until gravy is reduced by half and coats the back of a spoon, 10 to 12 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Remove from heat. Add butter, and swirl pan until butter melts. Strain gravy through a fine sieve; discard solids. Return shredded meat and chopped giblets to gravy if desired. Serve immediately or keep warm over low heat.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, November 2010

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