Making Perfect Gravy


+ enlarge image Get rid of the lumps by mixing thoroughly before cooking.

Gravy is the star of many great dishes. Here are a few secrets to help you make sensational gravy:

  • If you're making gravy for something that's been roasted or pan-fried, deglaze the pan and use the drippings for extra flavor.
  • For lump-free gravy, make sure the flour or cornstarch is thoroughly mixed with the fat or the cold liquid before cooking it.
  • Cook and stir constantly (use a whisk) until the gravy boils and thickens.
  • Browned bits of meat or poultry in gravy add lots of flavor, so don't bother with straining them out.
  • To finish gravy, season it to taste with salt and pepper and, if needed, thin it with a little broth, wine, or milk.

How to Make Turkey Gravy
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