Perfecting Thanksgiving dinner can be the cause of a whole lot of stress. While you’re trying to keep the house clean, the turkey from getting burnt, and complete the million other tasks on your “To Do” list, it’s possible a few dishes may slide through the cracks.
One side that’s surprisingly easily to mess up is your gravy, which is literally the cherry on top of your amazing meal. If you over or under cook it, or if you don’t combine the ingredients well enough, you can be left with a lumpy, watery excuse for gravy.
If that ends up being the case, don’t panic. There is an easy way to fix your lumpy gravy, and Thomas Joseph from Martha Stewart’s cooking channel, Everyday Food, is going to show us just how to do that!
But first, Thomas is going to show us how to make the easiest and most delicious gravy you’ve ever whipped up for turkey day. Here’s what you’ll need to do to up your gravy game this holiday season.
Thanksgiving Gravy 101
- 1 tablespoon of Wondra flour
- Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Remove turkey from roasting pan; let stand for 30 minutes. Pour pan juices from roasting pan into a fat separator. Let stand until fat rises to the surface.
Place roasting pan over medium-high heat; add 1 cup giblet stock. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan until liquid comes to a boil.
Place 2 cups stock and flour in a small jar or container with a tight lid. Cover and shake until well combined; pour into roasting pan. Stir to combine and return to a boil. Cook until gravy is reduced and thickened.
Add defatted pan juices and cook until heated through; season with salt and pepper. Strain and keep warm until ready to serve.
How to Fix Lumpy Gravy
- With your gravy in your roasting pan, whisk the entire batch gently. This will help break up any pockets of flour that are still intact.
- Strain it through a fine mesh sieve to get rid of any larger lumps.
- Put your gravy in a pot on the stove over a medium heat. Allow it to heat up.
- In a jar, put two cups of giblet stock and a tablespoon of fine flour. Shake to combine.
- While stirring with a wooden spoon, gradually add your instant giblet/flour mixture to your gravy. As you stir, bring your gravy up to a boil to thicken your gravy.
- Stir until your gravy has reached your desired thickness.
This is such an easy way to fix watery, lumpy gravy! With this simple trick, it only takes a few minutes to make it seem like you nailed this turkey topping the first time. Trust us, nobody needs to know any different.
What do you think of this gravy 101? How about this hack to fixing lumpy gravy? Do you have any tips or tricks that have perfected your gravy game? If so, share them in the comments section below!