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How To Make Homemade Brown Gravy Like a Pro

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How To Make Homemade Brown Gravy Like a Pro
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Want to finally master the secret of how to make homemade brown gravy? Below you'll find the simplest recipe ever for making homemade brown gravy from scratch. While techniques abound, this is hands-down the quickest way to learn how to make homemade brown gravy like a chef. Once you master this recipe you'll be on your way to impressing friends and family with your gravy-making skills at your next holiday gathering.

Although making homemade brown gravy may seem complicated, it only requires a handful of ingredients. This particular recipe from Whole Foods calls for turkey stock, unsalted butter, flour, sea salt, pepper, white wine and pan juices.

The recipe begins with a quick roux, which is made with melted butter and flour. After the butter has melted you'll whisk in the flour. The turkey stock will be added in quick sucession so the trick is to whisk, whisk, whisk. By whisking constantly you'll avoid any lumps in the gravy.

For extra deliciousness, you'll want to add the pan juices to your gravy base. First, remove the turkey from the oven and skim the fat off the juices in the roasting pan. Add the wine to the roasting pan and cook over low heat to blend. While whisking, add the pan juices to the gravy base in the saucepan. Adjust the seasonings and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes, whisking occasionally.

Any chef will tell you that the first step in cooking is having your mise en place ready. What does that mean? Mise en place refers to having 'everything in its place' so make sure all of your ingredients are measured and you've gathered the necessary equipment before you light the stove.

For the best flavor, you can make turkey stock from the neck and giblets tucked in the cavity of your bird. Just brown them in a pan and cook with water and aromatics like celery, carrots and onion. 

For a gravy with a more intense color, just cook the roux a little longer before adding the turkey stock. Remember to whisk away when adding the turkey stock to the pot!

Last but not least, remember presentation counts. Show off your smooth and silky sauce in the most beautiful gravy boat you can find.

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