By Jennifer Segal, adapted from Barefoot Contessa Family Style by Ina Garten
The best homemade gravy to compliment a simple roast turkey.
Servings: yields about 3 cups
Total Time:20 Minutes
1 stickunsalted butter
1-1/2 cupsfinely chopped yellow onions (from 2 small onions)
1/4 cupall purpose flour
Defatted turkey drippings plus chicken broth to make 2-1/2 cups
1 tablespoonCognac or Brandy
1 tablespoonheavy cream
1 tablespoonchopped fresh herbs (such as thyme, sage, rosemary or parsley)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and cook until very soft and translucent, about 15 minutes.
Whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in the turkey drippings/chicken broth and Cognac and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes until thickened. Stir in the cream and fresh herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper (I usually add at least 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, but it depends how salty your broth is.) Transfer gravy to bowl or gravy boat and serve.
If you make the gravy ahead of time, it may thicken up; you can thin it to the desired consistency with water or chicken broth.