Cooking for Thanksgiving is a stressful affair. Trying to coordinate a menu with everyone’s tastes in mind, as well as creating an affordable menu, can be difficult. As a result, many people often resort to pre-made foods and mixes, or catering. But you’ll have a much more delicious, affordable, and memorable family event if you make as much of it from scratch as possible. This week, we’re going to focus on how you can save money by making a rich and luscious Thanksgiving gravy that doesn’t come from a can or a powder packet.
Whether you drizzle it over mashed potatoes and stuffing, or drink it straight from the boat, gravy is the duct tape that holds any Thanksgiving meal together. It’s especially important to the day-old leftover turkey, which tends to dry out. This recipe can be altered to be gluten free, dairy free, and vegan!
Simple Thanksgiving Gravy
2 tbsp flour (use brown rice flour for a gluten-free version)
Drippings from the roasted turkey (use butter or olive oil for a vegetarian/vegan version)
1 box of turkey broth (use vegetable broth for a vegetarian version)
Salt and pepper
Soy sauce (use tamari for a gluten-free version)
Pour the drippings from the roasted turkey into a clear pitcher or glass. Wait until the liquid and the fat separates, then use a spoon to scoop out the fat (or pour it off). Put the fat into a saucepan over medium heat, and add the flour.
Stir the flour until it forms a paste (also known as a roux), and add salt and pepper. Once the paste begins to brown, add a small amount of what’s left of the turkey drippings, a half of a cup at a time. Whisk the roux into the broth until fully mixed, then add more broth. If you run out, use the boxed broth. Repeat until the gravy has reached your desired consistency. Add a splash of soy sauce to boost the flavor.
And there you have a delicious home-made gravy that didn’t cost you any extra money. Do you have any tips to save money on Thanksgiving? Please share in the comments below!
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