I can't believe how much I slacked on pictures for all of these! I really was on a roll getting this stuff together, but documenting was apparently not on my list. I will tell you all how I managed to create some yummy Turkey gravy without the help of the powdered or canned mixtures and hopefully you can either give me some more tips or use some of mine!
Pan drippings from the Turkey
Flour (depends on how much drippings you get, but I probably used 3 cups or a little more)
Pepper (a few good shakes, maybe a teaspoon or two)
Basil (just a pinch, but I had to add it because I am a Basil-holic)
Butter (maybe a teaspoon)
I used a measuring cup to slip into the bag that roasted my Turkeys while they were still inside so I would get more of the juices than the fat that would drip/fall off if I removed them. There was probably a good 10-12 cups worth of juices that I scooped out and added to a crock pot. The crock pot was set at low heat because I have a super crock pot that burns things on low heat and didn't want to risk the high setting. I did this all in a crock pot. I wouldn't recommend starting it that way, I know I won't be doing it again.
Then I added 2 cups of flour and whisked it all together.
I added my seasoning, the basil and black pepper, and then whisked that together.
It still wasn't as thick as I wanted it to be so I added another cup of flour, and because Missy wanted so badly to pour flour into my gravy mix I allowed her to dump yet another cup full into the mix. At this point I was really starting to wonder if this was going to taste like crap.
I whisked and whisked and whisked and the gravy was still not thickening.
At this point I bumped the heat setting up to high and we all went outside while the side dishes were in the oven heating up.
When we came back inside (close to 40 minutes later) it was still not thick! So I grabbed a regular pot and scooped as much into it as I could without having to lift out the hot crock pot dish.
I put the pot in high heat on the range and let it get nice and thick while I whisked it some more. Once it was SUPER thick I added it back to what was still in the crock pot and mixed it all together. I also turned the crock pot off at this point.
This actually turned out really yummy! I wasn't super impressed and thought I could have made it taste better and I hope to accomplish that next time, but everyone had heaping bowl fulls of gravy with their plates this year. I actually thought I had made more than enough that we wouldn't have to worry about running out, but once we were all done I realized the gravy was actually running a little low!