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Tips for preparing a perfect Thanksgiving gravy

Posted at 5:40 AM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 08:45:30-05

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Gravy can be the perfect addition to a Thanksgiving meal. 41 Action News Today weekend anchor Richard Sharp spoke to Roy Mahan, the Whole Foods store team manager at the 91st and Metcalf location for ideas.

Whole Foods says first you want to gather all the drippings from your turkey just after it comes out of the oven. Get all the flavorful brown bits at the bottom and pour them into a measuring cup. Add chicken broth if necessary and use a wooden spoon to scrape up the rest of the bits and pour them into the cup.

In a large skillet, melt butter and add a quarter cup of flour and whisk it in along with the pan drippings. You need to keep whisking to prevent sticking and burning. Add a cup of broth and whisk the entire time until the lumps are gone. The gravy will thicken as it cooks. Add salt and pepper and continue to whisk.

Below are the recipe and instructions from Whole Foods:



• 1/4 cup pan drippings

• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

• 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

• 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth, divided

• Fine sea salt to taste

• Ground black pepper to taste


Transfer juices and bits from roasting pan—turkey, pork, beef, lamb, chicken or roasted vegetables—to a bowl. (If bits are stuck, place the pan over medium-low heat and deglaze by adding a splash of broth and scraping them up.) Set bowl aside for a few minutes, and then skim fat from top and discard.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Whisk in pan drippings and flour. Cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute.

Vigorously whisk in 1 cup broth until all lumps are gone, and then whisk in remaining broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until thickened, 2 or 3 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.