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Recipe for turkey gravy

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Pan juices from roasting turkey
2cups boiling water
2cups chicken or turkey stock
½cup white or red wine, sherry, or port
2tablespoons cornstarch, potato starch, or arrowroot mixed with ¼ cup cold water
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. After you transfer the turkey to a cutting board to rest, set the roasting pan over 1 or 2 burners over medium heat. Scrape the bottom to dislodge sediment.

2. Add the boiling water and chicken stock and cook, stirring, until the mixture comes to a boil. Let the mixture simmer, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

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3. Set a strainer over a saucepan. Tip the mixture into the strainer and discard the vegetables. Skim any fat from the top of the liquid. Add the wine, sherry, or port and return to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, skimming the surface often.

4. Stir the starch mixture until it is smooth. Pour the mixture into the gravy and cook, stirring, until it returns to a boil. Taste for seasoning; add more salt and pepper, if you like. If you prefer a thicker gravy, mix 2 teaspoons more starch with 2 tablespoons cold water and return to a boil. Pour the gravy into a gravy boat or bowl and serve. Sheryl Julian

Serves 8

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