Mama's Giblet Gravy - Dee Dee's

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 2 Ratings
Serves: about 4 cups
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Cooking Method: Stove Top


giblets and necks reserved from turkey or roasting hen
4 c water
pan drippings from roasted turkey or hen
1 small onion, chopped
1 celery stalk,chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
2 Tbsp cornstarch
1/4 c water
1 hard boil egg, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

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Diane Hopson Smith Recipe
Well Seasoned
Pine Mountain, GA (pop. 1,304)
Member Since Aug 2011
Diane Hopson's notes for this recipe:
Mama always made this giblet gravy to go with our turkey and dressing. And, her mother made it as well. Part of our holiday tradition.

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Combine giblets, neck, and water in saucepan. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour or until meat is tender. Strain, reserving broth. Discard turkey neck (pull any meat remaining on the neck to include in gravy). Coarsley chop giblets; set aside. (NOTE: I PERSONALLY DON'T CARE FOR LIVER IN THIS GRAVY SO I DON'T INCLUDE IT, I DISGARD IT OR COOK IT AND GIVE MY PUPPIES A TREAT)
Skim and discard fat from reserved pan drippings of roasted turkey or hen. Add reserved broth (at least 2 1/2 cups) to pan drippings; stir until browned bits are loosened from bottom of roasting pan.
Transfer broth and dripping to a saucepan to continue cooking over a medium heat. Stir in chopped giblets; add onions, celery, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.
Combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup water, stirring well; gradually stir into gravy. Bring to boil; boil for 1 minute or until thickened. Stir in boiled egg; add salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot over dressing.
NOTE: you can use flour in place of cornstarch to make a thickening base for gravy. In fact my mother always used flour, I use cornstarch. Just be sure to blend it well with small amount of water to make a paste, then add remaining water and mix well. Don't want any lumps!

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user Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Oct 13, 2011
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user Candy Hummer nvmommyx6 - Oct 13, 2011
This is exactly how we make our gravy! and we are from Alaska!!
user Leila Rockwell leilaroc - Oct 13, 2011
Diane that sounds delicious, and it's almost time to start thinking about the Holidays. I make my gravy almost the same but I use flour like my Mother did. Great recipe
user Diane Hopson Smith DeeDee2011 - Oct 13, 2011
Candy, I think that's neat! Funny how some recipes are alike. Leila, my mother always used flour as well. I started using cornstarch a few years back, just seems smoother.
user Lynn Socko lynnsocko - Oct 13, 2011
A GREAT classic recipe Diane, this will come in handy for a lot of cooks!!!

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