Confession: I hate making gravy. There. I said it. I put it out into the world. I know that it is sacrilegious. Gravy is an essential item on the Thanksgiving table. I may have, in years past, gone to Boston Market the day before Thanksgiving and bought gravy. I may have doctored it a little and called it my own. And you know what? No one was the wiser. No one called me out on my doctored gravy.
If you have read this blog before then you know that I like to enjoy the fruits of my labor. I like to eat dinner while it is hot and I like actually spend time with my guests. So I cheat. I cheat bad, I make my gravy the day before. And you know what? I no longer hate making gravy. The reason why I hated making gravy was that you need to do it right before you serve the largest meal that you make all year. I was standing over the stove, getting turkey grease all over, and making a giant mess while my friends and family were sipping a nice Pinot Noir and eating a nice warm buttered roll. I am no longer bitter and angry, because I get this job out of the way ahead of time. And I am much, much happier.
This no dripping gravy is a cinch to make. You make a quick roux and add some chicken stock and you have gravy. I sometimes add some brandy and almost always add some sort of fresh herb.
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
3 cups chicken stock
3 Tablespoons brandy (optional)
1 Tablespoon fresh thyme (parlsey is great also)
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the flour.
Whisk together the butter and flour and cook for a minute over medium heat until it is smooth.
Whisk in the chicken stock. Let the mixture come to a bubble. The roux will not thicken until it comes to a bubble. Cook for another minute or so after it comes to a bubble.
Add the brandy and thyme.
Season well with salt and pepper. Put this in a container and keep in the fridge. When you are ready to serve it, simmer it in a saucepan until it is heated through.
This no dripping gravy has saved me and I love it. It has taken the pressure off and it helps me enjoy my holiday.