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Christmas Turkey Gravy

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myrtleWilson Thu 21-Dec-17 12:11:56

Am cooking turkey for first time this Christmas and am still flip flopping between Nigella's brined turkey or shed loads of butter and roast.
If I go down the brining route the turkey juices won't really work well for the gravy so was going to do a mash up of Jamie's get ahead gravy (using chicken wings to give roasting flavour) but throwing in the turkey giblets etc too... or does this sound like a bad idea? Am picking up turkey and porchetta on Saturday so would do the gravy either Saturday night or Sunday morning to get it out the way...

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Scrowy Thu 21-Dec-17 12:21:32

I always think people over complicate turkey gravy.

We do ours with 2 cans of cider, 2 knorr veg stock pots, a dollop of red currant jelly and then 2 cans of cider worth of water just in the tray with the turkey when it goes into the the oven.

Tip it all out into a pan about about half an hour before you take the turkey out (we let our turkey rest while everything else is cooking but I know lots don't)

Skim as much fat off as you can and then just let it boil/simmer away on the hob to reduce a bit. Finally add a bit of cornflour dissolved in cold water to thicken.

Fffion Thu 21-Dec-17 12:22:22

I make my gravy from giblet stock.

AmethystRaven Thu 21-Dec-17 12:25:27

Last year I did Delia Smith's. It took ages and I ended up with 3/4 of a gravy boat full i.e. not enough. It was very nice though, apparently! Had to make extra bisto so everyone got gravy.

just5morepeas Thu 21-Dec-17 12:28:34

I like Bisto's Turkey gravy . . .

* misses point *

SillyBub Thu 21-Dec-17 12:37:31

My chicken gravy for Monday is in the freezer. I made it from the last carcass of roast chicken I made. If I hadn't done this, I'd definitely be making Jamie's Make Ahead gravy, it's pretty much the same idea as what I make from the carcass. I just don't have the room/time to make it on Christmas Day, especially as I like to use the bones to get the most flavour.

Alwaysatyke Thu 21-Dec-17 12:41:04

Giblet stock alone will be grand, even better if you cut the wings off the turkey and add those in too. The roasting juices are a nice extra touch but it'll work without them of that's not an option

myrtleWilson Thu 21-Dec-17 12:42:19

so if I make the get ahead gravy would you add the turkey giblets to the pan (with the chicken wings/veg/herbs) and then add water, or make up a turkey giblet stock and had that to the pan with the chicken wings/veg/herbs.... basically can you fry giblets is what I think I'm not sure of?!

scrowy - I can't really add to the turkey cooking tray as its been brined but otherwise I do try to keep gravy's simple!

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myrtleWilson Thu 21-Dec-17 12:45:59

Phew - have found a Nigel Slater one which is make in advance with giblets, chicken wings, porcini, veg etc so I'll use this one! considers going back to beef next year

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MsHippo Thu 21-Dec-17 14:38:17

You will definitely be able to use the juices even if you brine it! They'll just be lovely and tasty!

LesLavandes Fri 22-Dec-17 07:41:27

The Jamie Oliver make in advance gravy was fantastic

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