Speaking of best laid plans, our Christmas plans got a little bit turned around this year. We were originally going to do a Christmas turkey dinner at my brother-in-common-law’s cousin’s place last Sunday and then have a light but fancy dinner today, but then, because the whole Greater Toronto Area iced over, we couldn’t go there. So instead we had to make our Christmas dinner here. My mom and sister, unlike me, are very experienced in the making of turkey with all the trimmings. Including my old nemesis: gravy1.
So I asked my sister to teach me her gravy making ways. And now I’m writing down her advice so that the next time I try to make gravy, I’ll remember what she said!
Gravy Making Tips
- Save the drippings from the turkey.
- Heat the turkey drippings in a pot.
- Put a few spoonfuls of flour in a bowl and add a bit of turkey drippings to make a slurry.
- Add the slurry to the pot of drippings and mix it very fast (apparently this helps you avoid lumps).
- Voila – gravy!
- Actually, when I said that gravy is my Moby Dick, my mom said, “me too!” I didn’t know that – I always remember her making gravy. [↩]