The recipe below goes along with the cornbread recipe I previously posted. It is also great for the Thanksgiving holiday or anytime! It is shown below with chicken broth but turkey drippings (from the turkey pan as you cook the bird) can be used as a substitute. Again, a nice thing about this is you can serve it with turkey dinner, but you don’t have to have the bird nearby! You can make it at home and bring it along with you to a potluck, tailgate party, bay shower, bachelorette party, what have you – be creative! I am also bringing this in to my co-workers this Wednesday.
Recipe: Southern Traditional Chicken or Turkey Gravy
• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 2 teaspoon salt
• 3 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
• 2 tablespoons sweet unsalted butter
• ½ clove garlic minced fine
• 32 ounces chicken broth
In a medium bowl add flour. Add half of the salt and half of the pepper and set the rest aside. Mix the salt and pepper into the flour well with a whisk or spoon. Set aside.
Using a large iron skillet on the stove at medium heat, add the oil and the butter. Add the garlic to the skillet. When the skillet is pretty hot add a bit of the flour mixture and quickly stir with a fork so it does not clump. Repeat this process until you use up half to three quarters of your flour mixture. Flour and oil in the skillet should be the consistency of a fairly thick paste. Keep stirring the flour in skillet with a fork over medium heat. It may need to be Medium to high heat depending on your stove. The object of this process it to brown the flour.
When all of the oil has been absorbed and the flour is brown, slowly begin to add the chicken broth or turkey pan drippings. Add the remaining spices. As you add a bit of broth, go back in with your fork and stir it in so that no lumps form. Repeat this process until all of the broth is in the pan. Still well with a forks scraping up any bits on the bottom of the skillet and trying to avoid any lump formation. Turn the heat down to low and let it simmer. Simmer for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Turn down to the lowest of low and stir occasionally if you are leaving it on the stove top. You can also take it to go and heat it up in a crock pot and keep it on low if you are bringing it to an event.