Originally Posted by KarmasMom
I know I should make my own gravey but I just cant bring myself to cook the gizzards and things. My overhead vent has died, the one obve(sp?) the stove and I just dont like the way they smell while cooking. So we went for the easy store bought stuff. I also figure I have enough to do and I need to cut corners somehow.
Just take that stuff out and put it in the roaster with the turkey. When you cook a turkey you add some water to the bottom of the pan to prevent it from sticking, also to add steam to keep the turkey moist.
After you remove the turkey, skim off the fat from the pan drippings. Pour the rest of the drippings into a pot or put the roaster on a stove element.
Add some chicken broth, water from the potatoes that you cooked, salt, pepper, maybe a bit of garlic powder. In a glass jar add some flour and more room temperature chicken stock. Shake well, pour it into the hot broth, stir continuously. Bring it to a boil and let it boil about 2 minutes to cook the flour and thicken the gravy. That's all there is to making gravy.
For my flour mixture I usually add 2 or 3 heaping tablespoons of flour to about 1 1/2 cups of water. What doesn't dissolve I smash around with the back of a spoon. You won't need all of it to thicken your gravy. Pour about 1/2 cup at a time into the pot to see if that is enough to thicken. If not, add some more.