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Help me! I can't make gravy!!

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loobs2 Mon 24-Dec-12 13:27:00

We are doing Christmas dinner tomorrow but my mum, who I always rely on to make the gravy, won't now be with us. I have always been useless at this - mine never tastes as good as hers - and I really don't like shop-bought stuff (nor do I want to have to go to a supermarket today!). I have Bisto granules, stock cubes, and will have the turkey juices - can anyone tell me a dead easy and foolproof method. Thanks so much - especially as I know you'll all be busy!!

Waswondering Mon 24-Dec-12 13:30:31

Can you roast the turkey on top of a bed of veg - onions, carrots, celery. That will release their juices into the turkey juices - then when the turkey is resting, boil these juices up with some chicken stock, thicken with some flour and add a spoonful of cranberry sauce (really!) plus a wee glass of wine or sherry or port or whatever.

Taste and serve.

I'm sorry your mum won't be there - I think gravies are very individual and what you want is for your gravy to be lovely so that its fabulous taste is associated with you. Good luck - and happy Christmas. x

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Mon 24-Dec-12 13:33:17

Most important thing is a whisk.
Put about a tablespoon of flour in with the turkey juices and whisk, then put on lowish heat for a minute or so til the flour fizzes a bit, whisk all the time. Add a glass or 2 of white wine, still whisking, then water, then stock cube. Keep stirring with whisk to stop lumps forming as it thickens.
A bit vague as don't know how many you're cooking for.
Hope your mum is OK smile

Hechan Mon 24-Dec-12 13:34:37

I made this yesterday, basically roast up chicken wings (or turkey bones/wings I guess), then simmer on hob. Tastes fab.

Waswondering Mon 24-Dec-12 13:38:00

(I also make Hechan's link - was thinking though if you didn't want to go out how to adapt that so that you were using the pan juices. wink)

loobs2 Mon 24-Dec-12 15:00:32

Thanks for your suggestions - much appreciated. Also your references to my mum. She is halfway through a course of chemotherapy treatment for leukaemia; her immunity is at rock bottom right now and because I have a cold her doctors have advised her to stay away. It is terribly sad for all of us as the only thing we were all wishing for this Christmas was to be able to spend it together. sad But as we mums all know, the show must go on....! Hope you all have a very happy Christmas and thanks again for your help smile

MushroomSoup Wed 26-Dec-12 18:45:29

How was your gravy? Mine was a bit bland

Waswondering Thu 27-Dec-12 22:36:48

Oh, op - I hope she responds well to her treatment, and that you'd a good day and a nice gravy. thanks

loobs2 Fri 28-Dec-12 15:24:02

Phew! The gravy was a big success! Appreciative comments all round from family. No stopping me now....! And it was a really good day thank you. smile

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