If you make this gravy the day before Thanksgiving, you'll be much more relaxed on the holiday.
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- Yield: Makes 4 cups
Source: Everyday Food, November 2006
- Neck and giblets (excluding liver) from a 12-pound turkey
- 3 stalks celery, chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 3 carrots, chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions, quartered
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 parsley sprigs
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) hard cider or apple cider
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Make giblet broth: In a large saucepan, place neck, giblets, celery, carrots, onions, bay leaf, parsley, 10 cups water, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Skim; reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour. Strain broth (if less than 6 cups liquid, add enough water to make 6 cups); discard solids. Set aside. (To store: Cool to room temperature, transfer to a container, cover, and refrigerate up to 1 day.)
Transfer turkey from pan to a serving platter. Place pan on stove across two burners. (If using a disposable pan, pour drippings and browned bits from pan into a medium saucepan and proceed). Over medium-high heat, bring drippings to a boil; cook, scraping up browned bits, until syrupy. Add cider; cook, stirring constantly, until syrupy, 6 to 10 minutes. Add flour and cook, stirring until incorporated, about 2 minutes.
Stir in giblet broth, a little at a time. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, until gravy reaches desired thickness, 15 to 20 minutes. For a smoother consistency, strain gravy through a fine-mesh sieve, if desired; discard solids. Season generously with salt and pepper. Keep warm; whisk well before serving.