Recipe: The Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy

Gravy is one of the easiest Thanksgiving dishes that you can make before the big day, without sacrificing quality. You can prepare delicious gravy in advance by intensifying store bought chicken broth. Thicken it with a simple roux, and add a few fresh seasonings like sage and thyme. After all, Thanksgiving Day below the Mason-Dixon is usually a hectic event. Visiting with distant cousins, hosting a large crowd, and cooking several different dishes can be a tremendous task. Why not lighten your load and make the gravy in advance of Turkey Day?

Complete with melted butter, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper, this dish is sure to impress even the pickiest gravy connoisseur. And, it only takes a few simple steps. Begin by softening the butter in a Dutch over medium heat, and slowly stir in the flour. Cook the mixture for 3 to 4 minutes while whisking continuously. Next, steadily add in 4 cups of the chicken stock, and raise the heat to high. When the mixture reaches a boil, stir in the kosher salt, sage, garlic powder, and dried thyme. Finally, let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes. You can save the gravy for up to 3 days, and serve it just in time for the Thanksgiving meal!

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