(Updated, November 2009) This post is a yearly public-service announcement for those of you in the U.S. who might be cooking Thanksgiving dinner, or planning to make turkey stock or turkey soup after the holiday. I've shared how much I love Penzeys Turkey Base, and again this year I'm giving you a reminder so you can order Turkey Soup Base from Penzeys in time for Thanksgiving. If you look carefully, you can see my Penzeys turkey base is mostly gone, and last night I ordered two jars!
Don't confuse this soup base with those horrid packets of turkey gravy mix! The first ingredient in this product is cooked turkey meat. For anyone who's even the slightest bit gravy-challenged, this turkey base will help you make the best turkey gravy you've ever made. You can count on it, your guests will rave about the gravy. (And since I know somebody must be wondering, Penzeys is not paying me to rave about their turkey base, nor have they ever given me any free spices.) Keep reading for more thoughts on gravy, and if anyone has a great tip for turkey gravy, please let us know in the comments.
Gravy on the South Beach Diet:
Since gravy is usually thickened with white flour or cornstarch, it's a very limited food for South Beach Dieters. I've experimented with whole wheat flour for gravy, but never had very good results. However, recently I've been making gravy with white whole wheat flour which I thought worked very well. I don't like overly thick gravy, so I use about one tablespoon of flour per cup of liquid, which isn't much flour. If you're limiting white flour you might want to give this a try.
Tips for Making Turkey Gravy from Around the Web:
My Turkey Gravy Recommendation from 2005 (still pretty good if you can't get Penzeys.)
Turkey Gravy Revisited (my recommendation for Penzeys from 2006)
South Beach Diet friendly gravy made with arrowroot starch from 2008.
Mastering Turkey Gravy from Slashfood (with link to Cook's Illustrated tips for Turkey Gravy)
How to Make Gravy from Simply Recipes
Rich Turkey Gravy from Epicurious.com
Gluten-Free Gravy from Gluten-Free Girl
Making Perfect Turkey Gravy from What's Cooking America
Savory Turkey Gravy from All Recipes
Turkey Gravy Tips from Hormel Foods
Here are more things I've chosen for Kalyn's Kitchen Picks.
Here are lots more Thanksgiving Recipes from Kalyn.