Chef's Notes: One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner is the gravy (although some think it's one of the hardest things to master). Adding croissants is an easy trick to make it rich and thick.
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Ingredients
Recipe
SERVES -12
ACTIVE TIME -
TOTAL TIME -
DIFFICULTY - Easy
1
Add oil, onion, celery, and carrot to a medium pot over medium heat. Season with a pinch of salt to taste. Stir and cook until the vegetables sweat, about 5 minutes. Add tomato paste and cook until it caramelizes in the pan, 5 minutes. Add wine to deglaze the pan. Cook the wine to "au sec"—until the alcohol is cooked out and the pan is almost dry—5 minutes. Add the turkey neck to the pot, then the pan drippings and chicken stock. Bring to a boil; then lower heat and reduce the liquid by half, about 10 minutes.
2
After reducing, strain the stock, discard the solids, and return the stock to the stovetop. Place half of the croissants into the pot so they absorb some of the liquid. Put the mixture in a blender and puree. Add more croissants as needed to thicken the gravy. Season with salt to taste.
Equipment
Chef's knife
Cutting board
Medium saucepan
Small saucepan
Mixing bowls
Wooden spoon
Mesh strainer
Blender
Skills you'll learn
Deglazing a pan with wine
Reducing wine
Thickening gravy