I usually make my cranberry relish and gravy three days prior to Thanksgiving. (If I didn’t get around to freezing Make-Ahead Gravy.) The flavors only improve and that last-minute turkey trot chaos is somewhat mitigated.
I begin with the relish because it’s a cinch to make. I’ve had delicious cooked cranberry relishes and chutneys but I prefer this uncooked, fresh tasting, easy version. A friend just told me he adds Grand Marnier to his relish; I’m going to separate dish and put Grand Marnier in one and leave the other without.
Gravy requires a bit more finesse. There are countless variations of make-ahead gravy, for good reason. No one wants to struggle with getting the lumps out of gravy while the turkey grows cold. Yet nothing is better than gravy made with the last-minute turkey drippings.
My recipe proposes a truce between make-ahead gravy and last-minute gravy. I make the gravy “base” in advance and whisk in the drippings and mushrooms right before serving.
There is great controversy surrounding giblets. I come from a giblet-loving stock of folks. We love giblets in our gravy so much, we’ve nicknamed a favorite niece “Giblet”. I have learned that not everyone shares this predilection for the innards so I serve chopped giblets on the side.
One final warning: Omit the bay leaf if you remember the jar from last year, or worse, from a previous marriage.
Happy Thanksgiving! My favorite time of the year is right now, this very week. If you’re into cooking (which I suspect most readers are) you are likely in Thanksgiving mode, too. I’m predictable at this time of the year. In a digital world of constant change, at least my Thanksgiving menu remains constant. For a sample of my … Full recipe post »
In step with the rhythm of the season, October apples are incorporated into as many of my recipes as possible. I’ve put together a slide show (with accompanying links beneath the recipes) of some my favorite recipes incorporating apples. They wear the test of time. Baked Apples Stuffed with Orange-Scented Sweet Potatoes ♦ Apple Cider Glazed Chicken Breasts with Apples and … Full recipe post »
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