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Gravy Plan- experienced folks please help!

iheartcooking | Nov 24, 201009:46 AM

My husband and I are smoking a turkey, so we won't really have drippings to use in gravy. Nevertheless, I'm making a very large amount, like a gallon or more- of gravy to bring to my M.I.L's tomorrow. So I've been cooking the neck (after giving it a gentle roasting) in 2qts of water to try and extract as much flavor as possible. P

Tomorrow I'll sweat onions (shallots are too fancy for this crowd) and I guess I'm supposed to add the contents of that little bag of guts? Sorry to be crass but I have no idea what I'm supposed to do with this. If I make a roux with the fat and chopped giblets, am I supposed to strain them out of the final product or purée? Are they necessary to get that turkey flavor?

So I will use the turkey stock I made and augment it with a high-gelatin chicken stock I have on hand and hope the turkey flavor shines through.

The place where everyone seems to disagree is whether to make a slurry or roux, and different types of thickener. Can anyone make a case for either method? What is better or a gravy that's going to be transported and gently reheated on site?

And this may be a dumb question but should I add pepper?

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