Years ago I found this gravy recipe in a magazine and it has become my favorite gravy recipe. Part of the tradition of Thanksgiving has been searching for the 4 turkey wings needed for this recipe. This gravy is made ahead of time and can be frozen until you want to use it. I love the fact that it can be made ahead of time and you don’t have to fuss with making the gravy after your turkey is cooked on Thanksgiving Day.
You may not be able to make this gravy this Thanksgiving but save it for the future, you’ll be glad you did. I usually look for the turkey wings several weeks before Thanksgiving. I make the gravy and save the bits of meat from the wings to make a soup or else I make a simple white sauce and we’ll enjoy creamed turkey. The gravy is rich and delicious. The recipe takes a little cooking time but your house will smell wonderful.
My Favorite Gravy Recipe
4 turkey wings (2-4 pounds)
2 medium onions, peeled and quartered
1 cup water
8 cups chicken broth (divided)
2 medium carrots, chunked
2 medium ribs of celery, chunked
1 tsp. Dried thyme
¾ cup flour
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. pepper
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Place the turkey wings in a roasting pan and add the onions. Roast the wings for 1 ¼ hours or until the wings are browned.
Remove the wings and onions from the pan and place in a large pot. Add the one cup of water to the roasting pan and scrape up the bits, add to the pot. Add 6 cups of the broth, carrots, celery and thyme to the pot. Boil then reduce the heat and simmer uncovered for 1 ½ hours.
Remove the wings and strain the broth. I usually place it in the fridge at this point, which makes skimming the fat easy. Once the fat is skimmed whisk the ¾ cup of flour into the remaining 2 cups of chicken broth. Bring the broth that you have skimmed the fat from to a gentle boil, whisk in the flour mixture. Boil for 4-5 minutes to thicken. Stir in the butter and pepper. The gravy is now ready to serve. If you are making it ahead of time you can freeze it for up to one month.
Next time you are cooking a turkey make this gravy ahead of time, you will then understand why it is my favorite gravy recipe!