Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy

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Thanksgiving in the South wouldn't be complete without a helping of delicious gravy, and this make-ahead version is the easiest way to get it there.

Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Yield:
4 cups

Gravy Stir-Ins

Mushroom Gravy: Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 (8-oz.) package sliced cremini mushrooms; sauté 6 minutes or until tender and browned. Stir in 1 Tbsp. butter and 1 Tbsp. minced shallot; sauté 2 minutes. Add salt and ground black pepper to taste. Prepare recipe as directed through Step 1 or Add mushrooms. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Hands-on 35 min., Total 45 min.

Fresh Herb Gravy: Prepare recipe as directed through Step 1 or Stir in 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, 1 tsp. thinly sliced fresh chives, 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon, and 1/2 tsp. fresh lemon juice. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Hands-on 25 min., Total 35 min.

Sherry Gravy: Prepare recipe as directed through Step 1 or Remove pan from heat; stir in 1/4 cup sherry, bourbon, or brandy. Return to medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Hands-on 25 min., Total 35 min.

Make Ahead Gravy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 4 cups Homemade Chicken Stock

  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 5 to 6 tablespoons chicken stock (optional)

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is light brown and smooth.

    whisking flour into butter

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    Slowly whisk in 4 cups stock. Increase heat to high; bring to a boil, whisking occasionally.

    stirring stock into flour mixture

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    Reduce heat to medium; stir in sage and next 4 ingredients. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes or until desired thickness.

    gravy

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  2. To make ahead, cool gravy completely. Cover and chill up to 3 days. Cook gravy and, if desired, 5 to 6 Tbsp. stock in a Dutch oven over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, 15 to 20 minutes or until hot.

    Ultimate Make-Ahead Gravy

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Chef's Notes

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