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RECIPES

Roxanne's Famous Thanksgiving Gravy

 

Note:  1 recipe makes 2 cups of roux; 20 cups (1 ¼ gal.) of gravy. On Thanksgiving, I make about 15 gallons of gravy for the community dinner, and it is a big hit.

 

ROUX:

2 cup butter
2 cup flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
2 rounded teaspoons herbes de Provence


LIQUIDS:

14 cups stock, broth, or pan drippings with fat separated off and discarded
2 cups dry white wine (chardonnay)
2 - 3 tablespoons browning sauce – or more for desired color
 

Method:

ROUX:

Measure dry ingredients – add seasonings to flour.
Melt butter over medium heat.
When butter foams, set it off the flame.
Whisk flour in a little at a time, making a smooth paste.
Return pan to medium heat and whisk constantly until the flour and butter mixture bubbles and foams for three minutes.
If making ahead of time, cool and refrigerate until ready to use. 
Warm the roux to room temperature.  (It gets rock hard in the refrigerator.)
 

FINISHING THE GRAVY:

Bring roux back to gentle bubbling stage.  (2 cups of roux at a time.)
Slowly, whisking constantly, add 16 cups defatted hot broth, stock, or pan drippings.
Raise heat to medium – high, and bring to simmer.
Add 2 cups wine and browning sauce.
Simmer 3 – 5 minutes, lowering heat as needed and whisking constantly.
Thin with a little more stock if desired.
Taste. Correct seasoning. 
Add chopped, hot giblets if desired.
 

 

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