Ina Garten Reveals Her Easy Tip for Making Gravy on Thanksgiving

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Ina Garten is right here to make Thanksgiving simpler. 

The longtime host of Barefoot Contessa has many years of expertise making vacation meals. While Thanksgiving in 2020 will look completely different from earlier years there’s nonetheless room for a turkey dinner. And the place there’s turkey gravy often follows. The Food Network star and movie star chef has a tip for making gravy that makes the whole course of simpler. 

Ina Garten’s about easy meals and stress-free entertaining

Ina Garten on 'Today' Season 66 in 2017
Ina Garten on Today Season 66 in 2017 | Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

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Watch an episode of the 72-year-old’s cooking present and she or he’s having enjoyable in her “barn” making scrumptious meals for her family and friends. The menu is simply as easy and seasonal because the flowers Garten places on the desk. 

The Barefoot Contessa’s trademark is scrumptious meals that doesn’t require numerous preparation. She doesn’t wish to spend hours within the kitchen making one dish.

Instead, she desires to have enjoyable mingling with visitors. That means planning each element prematurely right down to the desk settings and music. A stress-free host means a extra gratifying celebration. In truth, it’s what Garten finds “impressive” at dinner events.

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The movie star chef saves turkey drippings each Thanksgiving

Rushing to make gravy after the turkey is finished? Forget it. Garten’s tip means gravy will be made at any time, even days earlier than Thanksgiving. 

“You know what I do with gravy? I do it in advance,” she informed Good Housekeeping in 2011.  “Every yr, I save the drippings from the turkey within the freezer, after which I defrost them a few days earlier than Thanksgiving, and I make the gravy from these drippings.

“That way, when the turkey comes out, you’re not scrambling to make the gravy,” she added.

A easy tip meaning one much less factor to do on Thanksgiving. Just bear in mind to save lots of the drippings yearly. 

Ina Garten at the 2015 Forbes Women's Summit Transforming the Rules of EngagementIna Garten at the 2015 Forbes Women's Summit Transforming the Rules of Engagement
Ina Garten on the 2015 Forbes Women’s Summit Transforming the Rules of Engagement | Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage

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Gravy’s not the one last-minute dish that may be made prematurely. Potatoes can too. 

“We all think you have to make mashed potatoes right before. But I put them in a gratin dish, sprinkle on Parmesan cheese, and put it in the oven, and it’s fantastic,” she informed Publishers Weekly.

Garten says with regards to Thanksgiving, “everything can be made ahead!”

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She has a number of Barefoot Contessa gravy recipes

Want to take Garten’s tip a step additional and use her personal gravy recipe? The movie star chef has a number of takes on gravy.

First up is her official make-ahead gravy from her Make It Ahead cookbook. According to Barefoot Contessa, the recipe requires butter, garlic, salt, wine, bay leaves, and quite a few different substances.

Then there’s her Homemade Gravy recipe that takes solely 30 minutes to make, in accordance with Food Network. A well-liked recipe, 245 reviewers give it a five-star score. 

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