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Made-from-scratch gravy is one of the highlights of Thanksgiving. Build flavor with drippings from the roasting pan and a homemade stock.
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Place roasting pan across two burners and simmer pan juices, scraping and stirring with a wooden spoon, until liquid thickens and holds a trail.
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Add flour and stir to combine. Continue to cook until flour mixture is bubbling and smooth. This is your thickener (also called a roux).
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Slowly whisk in stock and water. Cook, whisking, until gravy thickens (reduce heat if it starts to scorch).
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If desired, pour gravy through a sieve to remove any lumps. Season with salt and pepper and thin with water, if necessary.
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