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How do I make turkey gravy without roasting a turkey?

How can you make turkey gravy when you deep fat fry the turkey?
Submitted by dlreeder2

You are right, you don’t get the nice drippings when this cooking method is used. Here is a recipe using canned broth (chicken or turkey broth will work). Enjoy!

No-Drippings Gravy

Start to Finish: 15 minutes

Makes: 3 cups


1/3 cup butter

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

3 cups chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  Coarse kosher salt or table salt

  Fresh parsley (optional)

1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth. Add chicken broth and pepper. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt. If desired, garnish with parsley.

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This should make a good gravy but I would cook the flour for about 2 minutes after adding it to the melted butter, it takes away that raw flour taste. Then add just a little broth and stir until smooth before adding the remainder of the broth, cook and stir until thick and bubbly.
Submitted by blssmrs
A couple weeks before Thanksgiving when you can buy a really inexpensive turkey (usually if you spend $25 or more at the store, which is easy to do) I buy the smallest one I can find and make turkey stock (just exactly the same way you would make chicken stock). Then I reduce it by about 25%. Then freeze it. A few days before Thanksgiving I thaw it, and then use it to make gravy. It is a great way to make a very flavorful gravy WITHOUT any turkey drippings.
Submitted by dstentz