There’s a reason I’m making this gravy ahead of time and it’s called survival. There are too many last minute details prior to getting Thanksgiving on the table and I’m delighted to be able to cross gravy off the list.
I purchased turkey wings and roasted them in the oven to make an authentic stock.
I plan to stir the turkey drippings into the gravy at the last minute. If you’ve got a tablespoon or more of bacon drippings at the ready, by all means, add them to the gravy too. (Unlike my husband, on Thanksgiving I could care less about caloric intake. ) I’ve another 3-day in advance gravy, which includes mushrooms, if you’re so inclined.
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