Turkey Stock

Ingredients

  • 8 quarts cold water
  • 1 turkey carcass, meat removed, leaving some crisp skin on if possible
  • Mirepoix:
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 3 stalks celery with tops, chopped
    • 1-2  carrots, chopped
    • 2 small heads garlic, cut in half horizontally
  • Sachet d’epices:
    • 1 tsp. or so black peppercorns, cracked
    • 6-8 parsley stems, chopped
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme leaves
    • 1/2 tsp. dried tarragon leaves
    • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
    • 1/2 tsp. dried basil leaves
    • The above ingredients are placed into a 4″ square of cheesecloth and tied into a sack, or use a metal tea ball.

Preparation

  1. Break up the turkey carcass, and don’t be afraid to crack some bones in half. Put the carcass in the stockpot with the water and bring to a simmer. Periodically skim off any scum that forms. Savor the aroma of distilling turkey essence that must now be filling your house.  Let simmer for two hours.
  2. Give thanks to the pilgrims and natives. Reflect on the pilgrim times gone by when there was enough maize to go around, the world was new, and land was plenty. Try not to think about the atrocities and land stealing of later times. This is Thanksgiving! Appreciate the cake walk that is your life. If you came of age in the early pilgrim days you’d likely be starved and freezing, relentlessly hustling just to survive the winter, the rest of your family dead from the misery-laden boat ride over. Why did you sign up for this shit again? I digress. Back to the stock.
  3. Add the mirepoix and sachet; Simmer for one more hour. Don’t stir the stock at this point. The end result will be much clearer if it is not agitated while simmering.
  4. Strain thoroughly; the best way to do this is to ladle the stock out and pour it through a strainer which has been lined with a couple of layers of damp cheesecloth.  Refrigerate overnight. Skim off fat that has solidified on the surface before using.

Makes about 6 quarts of stock and one tasty jump off  for turkey sausage gumbo.

Original recipe courtesy of Gumbo Pages

Giblet Gravy

For giblets, use gizzard and heart. Do not use liver.

Ingredients

  • Giblets, wing tips, and neck bone from turkey.
  • 2 qts cold water
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1-2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 3 Tbsps chopped parsley, or to taste
  • Fat (poultry, butter, or margarine)
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation

  1. While turkey cooks, or the day before, cover giblets, wing tips and neck bone with water in a large pot. Add onion, celery and parsley; simmer 2 hours. Strain broth and reserve for gravy.
  2. Pick meat from neck and wing tips. Finely chop all giblets and meat. Set aside. Pour broth into bowl; let stand a few minutes or chill in refrigerator until fat rises to the top. Skim off fat; reserve fat and liquid separately.
  3. For each 2 cups of gravy desired, use 3 Tbsp fat, 3 Tbsp flour and 2 cups liquid (broth, vegetable juice, bouillon or water). Measure fat into saucepan. Over low heat, blend in flour; cook until bubbly, stirring constantly with a wire whisk.
  4. If desired, brown fat and flour slightly to enhance color and flavor. Remove pan from heat. Stir in liquid; whisk constantly until blended with fat-flour mixture. Add chopped giblets. Simmer gently 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.