So - I usually make it through a holiday dinner without any issues. Of course, eventually that catches up with me, as it did today. :-)
Now I make a damn fine gravy, if I do say so myself. My sister abdicates all responsibility for gravy making if she's hosting a holiday dinner at her house...doesn't matter if it's chicken, turkey, or beef. There will be a "LINDA! When are you going to make the gravy?" holler if she's doing the majority of the cooking.
So today I'm in the kitchen dealing with final prep. Turkey breast, all lovely and brown, is resting on the carving platter. Potatoes are mashed, beans are steamed, glazed carrots are glazing....and I had three 1-cup containers of homemade chicken stock to add to to the roasting pan to bring to a boil and then simmer to get any roasty-toasty good bits from the bottom of the pan.
The first two containers of chicken stock get put into the roasting pan. The lid comes off the third one, and I look at it. Why does it look more "collagen-y" than usual? Almost as if it had gelled and then been shaken, so it looks....well, kinda lumpy. I look at the piece of masking tape on the side and damned if it doesn't say "chicken stock 04/10" on it. Okey-dokey. And in it goes. (Yes, I *know* I should have grabbed a spoon and tasted it!)
So - when homemade chicken stock gets reheated, it should melt, right? Ummm, yeah - not happening. So THAT'S when I grab a spoon and taste one of the "lumps". Oh CRAP. It's homemade applesauce!
"Stop stirring!" I say to my brother-in-law and grab the oven mitts. My sister sees me pick the roasting pan up from the burner and head over to the sink to dump it - "What did you do?" I mumbled "it was applesauce, not chicken stock" and she goes off into gales of laughter. Yeah, I'm not going to be allowed to forget this one!
Luckily, I had 3 more 1-cup containers of homemade stock (REALLY chicken stock!) in the downstairs freezer, so gravy was saved. My sister said in the midst of dinner "Mmmmm, this is REALLY good gravy...thankfully it's not applesauce gravy!" LOL
So - I had almost-applesauce gravy. Anyone else have a food mishap?