Steps In Making Perfect Pan Gravy

Food/Cooking - Cooking
By: Wordsmith    
25-Feb-2013

Introduction:Erma Bombeck once told her radio show listeners, "I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage." Well, I too came from a family where gravy was considered a beverage. What I mean by that is that gravy was part of almost every meal served by my aunts and by my grandmother as I was growing up down on the farm. We were poor folk by many folk standards, but one thing we had an abundance of was good food on our table. Making good, lump free gravy is an art that the women folk in my home had mastered, and they taught me the art.

  • 01

    Chill the Fat and Pan Juices

    After removing the bird from the roasting pan, pour the fat and pan juices into a large, glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes. The chilling process causes the fat to rise to the top of the cup where you can skim it off with a slotted spoon. Add any accumulated juices from the resting bird to the pan juice along with enough turkey or chicken broth to bring the level of pan juices to measure roughly five cups. If you do not have turkey or chicken broth, you can use any stock in its place.

  • 02

    Add a Deglazing Liquid to the Pan Juices

    Place the roasting pan across two burners on the stove top and adjust the burners for medium heat. Pour in ¾ cups of a pan deglazing, such as white wine, vermouth or brandy. Bring the glazier to a boil and scrape the pan free of any browned residue. Cook until the solution is reduced. Once the solution has been reduced pour in the pan juices and broth. Turn the heat to high and bring the pan juices to a boil, continuing to stir with a whisk and removing any brown residue. Continue to boil until the solution is reduced to about 2 ½ cups. This process should take roughly 8 to 12 minutes.

  • 03

    Create Gravy Thickener

    In a small mixing bowl, combine ½ cup of broth with ¼ cup all-purpose flour with a whisk. Add this mixture to the boiling pan juices in the roasting pan, whisking constantly for another 2 to 3 minutes.

  • 04

    Remove from the Heat

    Remove the roasting pan from the stove and strain the liquids through a fine mesh, metal sieve into a large, glass measuring cup or other container. Season to suit your taste buds with salt, pepper and herbs.

  • 05

    Pour In Gravy Boat

    Pour the gravy into your favorite gravy boat and impress your guests with your perfect, lump free gravy. With great, tasty pan gravy there will never be any leftovers.







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