Turkey gravy

Using your own stock will make your gravy taste wonderfully rich and flavoursome.

  • Preparation time: 1½ hours, plus cooling
  • Cooking time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 40 minutes, plus cooling

Serves: 8

Ingredients

For the turkey stock
Reserved giblets from the turkey (excluding the liver)
1 onion, quartered
1 carrot, cut into chunks
1 stick celery, cut into chunks
3 fresh bay leaves
4 fresh parsley stalks
6 black peppercorns

For the gravy
2 tbsp plain flour
750ml turkey stock (above) or chicken stock, or a combination of both
100ml red or white wine

Method

1. If you are making your own stock, place the giblets into a pan with 1.5 litres cold water. Slowly bring to the boil and skim off any foam with a slotted spoon.

2. Add the remaining stock ingredients, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer until reduced by half. Strain through a sieve, cool, then cover and chill in the fridge overnight. 

3. To make the gravy, bring the stock to the boil, then remove from the heat. While the turkey is resting, spoon off the fat from the tin, leaving the dark juices behind. Place the tin over a medium heat and bring to a simmer, then stir in the flour and incorporate all those sticky bits from the bottom. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously.

4. Remove from the heat and stir in 2 ladlefuls of the stock. Return to the hob and cook over a low heat for 2 minutes, then gradually add the remaining stock and wine. Bring to the boil, stirring constantly, until thickened. Simmer gently for 5 minutes, season to taste then strain into a warm jug and serve.