Gorgeous Giblet Gravy

Dawn: If you only make real gravy once a year, this is your chance. It exploits all the flavours of the meal and although it is a labour of love, it is worth every minute of the effort. 

Andrew: It does need you to have turkey giblets from your butcher to follow each step.

Dawn: If you have a frozen turkey, or you can’t obtain giblets, turkey stock, or a good chicken stock, are available as an alternative. 

Andrew: Lets start with the giblet stock.

Ingredients – Christmas Eve

Turkey giblets including the neck and liver

One onion,  sliced in half

One carrot, sliced in half lengthwise

Celery stalk

A few peppercorns

One bayleaf

Method – Christmas Eve

  • Wash the giblets, place in a saucepan with the onion, add water to cover and bring the pan to a simmer.
  • Remove any scum with a slotted spoon, then add rest of ingredients.
  • Cover with a lid and simmer for up to 2 hours.
  • Strain the stock, discarding the giblets and vegetables, and when cooled cover and keep in the fridge.

Andrew: Another case of great Christmas aromas!

Dawn: And no waste either. People used to give the cooked giblets to the cat or dog, but that isn’t advisable now.

Andrew: Yes Dawn, even our furry friends have to watch what they eat now. 

Dawn: Let’s move on 24 hours shall we!

Ingredients – Christmas Day

Giblet stock

Juices from the turkey

2 tbsp plain flour

Method – Christmas Day

  • Once the turkey is cooked and lifted from the roasting tin, spoon off any excess fat and dispose of this properly.
  • Place the roasting tin on a low heat on the hob, and gradually add the flour, mixing with a balloon whisk to avoid lumps.
  • Gently heat the giblet stock in a separate sauce pan.
  • Gradually add the stock to the turkey juices, mixing constantly until you have a smooth gravy to the consistency you like.
  • Season to taste.
  • Transfer to a jug or gravy boat and cover until required.

Andrew: Fabulous! The perfect accompaniment, and nothing wasted or unnatural. 

Dawn: Keep following the blog and Twitter feed @Love_Food_UK for Christmas updates.

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