Using a fat separator cup for gravy really makes a difference - we removed about a quarter of cup of fat per 2 cups of broth or about 56 grams! Watch our video from Holiday Secrets Book on how to make a delicious, rich gravy that is low in fat and high in flavor.
It is so easy anyone can do it and this video lasts just 1.5 minutes. Take note at the beginning of the clip - we used carrots, onions and celery that were roasted right along with our bird. It takes just a minute or so to dice them up and place them under the bird before putting it in the oven. The veggies take on a rich carmel color/flavor and this is what makes the gravy taste and look great.
Watch how we simply add water, cook the veggies and pan juices and then strain off a rich broth. This is easily thickened with corn starch and water.
The final shot shows our best holiday cooking tip ever - we always carve the turkey breast and serve it with gravy. The gravy keeps it warm and moist while going from the service area in the kitchen to the table and guest. No more dry bird here!
Here is the recipe:
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced celery
black pepper bay leaf
2 cups of water
1.5 tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup water
Roast the vegetables and spices along with the turkey. When the bird is done put it to the side to allow it to "rest" for a few minutes before carving. Meanwhile, finish the gravy. Add a few cups of water to the veggies (2 to 4 depending on how much you like) and simmer. Scrape the pan drippings often. After about 10 minutes you can strain off the broth.
Use the fat separator cup to remove the excess fat. Reheat the broth. Stir in a mixture of cornstarch and water until the gravy is slightly thick. (we estimate you need about 1- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/4 cup water.)
Bring the gravy back to a boil, stirring with a whisk. Serve in an attractive gravy bowl. You can spoon the gravy over your carved turkey to keep it warm and moist until service.
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Enjoy! We will be back soon with more great holiday recipes and tips.
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Recipes from Holiday Secrets at http://foodandhealthbooks.com. Music by Jason Shaw at http://audionautix.com. The recipes in this book have been developed for our newsletter and Member Area Communicating Food for Health for more than 15 years. We have updated all of them for ease in preparation and terrific photos. It took over 3000 photos and hundreds of hours to produce this book.
Thanks to my staff for the hard work helping me in the kitchen and photography/video studio and for the support and help with the book: Lourdes Barboza (editor), Nicholas Doherty (videographer), Allison Cristaudo (orders, support and admin), Martha Cabrera (food prep and help), Nancy (food prep and clean up), James Yovin (pumpkin photos), my parents Louis and Marjory Yovin (taste testers). Thank you also to all of our customers. I love every idea and request that you bring. You constantly push me to greater heights. CHEERS!
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. But after learning that the quality of a croissant directly varies with how much butter it has, Judy sought to challenge herself by coming up with recipes that were as healthy as they were tasty.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.