Happy Thanksgiving!!!

My dinner every year pretty much never varies. I remember the one year I put some roasted garlic into my mashed potatoes and the masses threatened to revolt. (even though they were good, they were not the potatoes that were expected).

This year, I wanted to try something with the gravy. I know my family’s palate is…well…*very* simple. So when I saw Tyler Florence do a gravy that looked conventional, just more RICH and flavorful, I decided I was gonna go for it. I actually made the stock on Tuesday but I will heat and thicken it today. Boy, did my kitchen smell fab-u-lous. Yum.

I wish all of you the happiest of Thanksgivings! May your stomachs and hearts be full, and may your leftover sandwiches ROCK. 🙂

this year’s gravy…

2 pounds turkey wings
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, halved
4 carrots, chopped
1 head garlic, smashed
2 sprigs fresh sage
2 sprigs fresh thyme
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
8 black peppercorns
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Put the turkey wings (also backbone and neck if you have it) into a small roasting pan and roast them until they are golden brown, about 30 minutes. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, garlic, herbs, and peppercorns and cook for 5 minutes. Add the turkey wings. Pour some water into the roasting pan and scrape up all the browned bits on the bottom; add this to the pot. Cover everything in the pot with cold water by 1-inch and bring to the boil, skimming any foam that rises to the surface. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Strain out the solids and discard. Wipe out the pot and put it over medium heat. Melt the butter with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and add the flour. Cook this roux, stirring frequently, until it is golden brown. Slowly whisk in the strained stock being careful to work out any lumps. Cook until the gravy has thickened, about 10 to 15 minutes.