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Top Rated Turkey Giblet Recipes

If you love gravy all over your turkey, you might not want something that either too thick or lumpy. Try this perfect turkey gravy recipe that will give your turkey meat extra flavor without being too lumpy.Recipe courtesy of McCormick

We’ve heard that brines are important, and this chef’s recipe shakes things up a bit by adding sweet tea to the brine. His tip is to place the turkey and brine in two doubled garbage bags, which allows you to easily brine it overnight in a roasting pan.

Giblet Gravy

This giblet gravy is luscious, essential, and irresistible!

Giblets and neck, saved from the uncooked turkey

Drippings from roasted turkey

all-purpose flour (more if needed)

no-sodium chicken, turkey, or vegetable broth (more if needed)

  1. First, take the giblets and neck from the raw turkey and cover them with water by 2 inches in a small saucepan. Bring to a gentle boil over medium heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer it for 1 hour to both to cook the meat and to make a giblet broth for the gravy.
  2. Remove the giblets and neck from the water (don&rsquot worry they&rsquore supposed to look really grody) and set them aside. Keep the giblet broth in the saucepan for later.
  3. When you&rsquore ready to make the gravy, pour all the drippings from the turkey roasting pan into a bowl. Set the pan back onto the stove. Let the drippings sit and separate naturally, then use a ladle to carefully separate the fat from the liquid drippings (the fat will be on top, while the drippings will settle at the bottom).
  4. Turn the heat to medium and add about 1 cup of the fat back into the roasting pan. Sprinkle the flour all over the fat and immediately begin whisking it around to make a paste. Add more flour or fat as needed to create the right consistency: You want the mixture to be a stirrable paste and not overly greasy. If it looks a little greasy, whisk in a little more flour. Once the paste/roux is the right consistency, whisk it slowly for a few minutes, allowing it to cook to a deep golden brown color. A nice brown roux is the secret to good gravy, baby!
  5. Once the roux is ready, pour in 1 cup of the drippings (the stuff that separated from the fat earlier) and the chicken or turkey broth, whisking constantly. Then just let the gravy cook and thicken, whisking constantly for 5 to 8 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, use your fingers to remove as much of the neck meat as you can and chop up the giblets into fine pieces. Add as much of the meat to the gravy as you&rsquod like: Add it all if you like a really chunky giblet gravy, add a little less if you like the gravy more smooth.
  7. If the gravy seems too thick, add more broth and/or a little of the reserved giblet broth (the water used to cook the giblets.) Finally, season the gravy with a little bit of salt and plenty of black pepper! (Be sure to taste it and make sure the seasoning is perfect.) Serve the gravy piping hot at the table.

Note: You should be prepared to add more broth, so have extra on hand!

This is an updated version of my old (ancient) post about how to make Turkey Gravy, which I posted back in the dark ages of 2007. And in internet years, let me tell you&mdashthat was a very, very long time ago! This is essentially the exact same method, only the photos are new and therefore much less grody, as many of my food photos were back in the dark ages of 2007, and hopefully, the instructions are even more clear. But feel free to hop between the two posts if it helps.

Gravy is everything. Absolutely everything. You can have a perfect roasted turkey and luscious mashed potatoes, but if you don&rsquot have a dark, decadent gravy to spoon over the top, what&rsquos the point of even living?

Okay, so maybe that&rsquos a little dramatic.

But the good news is this: Making good gravy isn&rsquot difficult! It just takes patience, perseverance, and the sheer will to make gravy so good, even your picky and opinionated Uncle Festus will come back for seconds.

First of all (speaking of grody), you need to boil the neck and giblets, also known as the bizarre stuff you find in the bag inside the raw turkey. I always take them out of the turkey and rinse them, then store them in a Ziploc bag in the fridge overnight (because I&rsquom brining the turkey overnight, and I remove the interior bag first.)

So while the turkey is roasting the next day, place the neck and giblets into a medium saucepan, cover it with water by about 2 inches, and bring it to a boil. After it boils, reduce the heat to a strong simmer and cook them for about 45 minutes to 1 hour, until the meat is totally cooked through.

Remove the neck and giblets from the water (but keep the water on standby you&rsquoll need it later!) and when they&rsquore cool enough to handle&hellip

Use your fingers to pick off as much of the neck meat as you can, trying very hard not to think about the phrase &ldquoneck meat&rdquo while you&rsquore doing this.

This is good stuff! And it&rsquos luscious in the gravy, baby.

You also need to chop up the giblets, which are my favorite part of the gravy.

I like them diced pretty finely, though, as the flavor is pretty durn strong.

Now just set all the neck and giblet meat aside while you make the gravy!

Now, after you remove the turkey from the oven and remove the turkey from the roasting pan, carefully (don&rsquot burn yourself!) pour all the drippings from the pan into a large heatproof pitcher. (Set the roasting pan aside, but don&rsquot wash it!) Let the liquid sit undisturbed for a bit, long enough for the fat to separate from the drippings.

The separation will be obvious: The fat rises to the top, and it&rsquos a thick, greasy liquid. The drippings stay at the bottom, and they&rsquore more of a cloudy liquid filled with little bits.

After the two are totally separated, use a ladle to carefully skim off the fat and transfer it to a separate bowl. Just lower the ladle straight down and slowly allow the fat to spill over the sides and into the well. (You can also use a fancy fat separator&hellipI just don&rsquot have one of those.)

Now, when you&rsquore ready to make the gravy, set the roasting pan over the stove (I usually straddle it over two burners) and turn on the heat to medium. Pour in some of the fat (how much you add depends on how much gravy you want to make.)

When the fat is heated, sprinkle in some flour. Again, how much you add depends on how much gravy you want to make!

Whisk it all together and check the consistency: Basically, you want to make a nice paste. If it seems overly greasy, whisk in a little more flour until it looks right. If it seems too thick and it&rsquos hard to stir, drizzle in a little more fat.

When the consistency is right, you then need to take the time to cook the roux so it gets nice and brown! Just whisk it constantly as it cooks, and when the color looks nice and deep golden brown&hellip

Pour in a good amount of low-sodium broth: You can use chicken, turkey, or vegetable&mdashwhatever makes your skirt fly up. After that, pour in half the reserved turkey drippings (you can always add the rest later if the gravy needs it.)

Whisk in the broth and cook it for long enough for the gravy to get nice and thick this can take from 5 to 10 minutes (or more, depending on how much volume you&rsquore talking about) so just be patient and keep on whiskin&rsquo!

If the gravy isn&rsquot thick enough, keep cooking it until it thickens. If it gets too thick, you can always thin it with some of the giblet broth.

So while I&rsquom at it, let me give you the breakdown so we have it straight:

Fat = the grease that separates from the drippings. This is combined with flour in the roasting pan to make the roux.
Drippings = the cloudy, messy liquid that separates from the fat. This is added to the roux along with the broth to make the gravy more flavorful.
Broth = I usually use storebought, either turkey, chicken, or vegetable. This is added to the roux to make the gravy. Always use low-sodium (or, even better, no-sodium broth) to control the saltiness of the gravy.
Giblet broth = the liquid left in the saucepan after you boil the neck and giblets. This is used to thin the broth if it gets too thick.

The very last thing to do is to add the shredded/chopped neck/giblets to the gravy&hellip

Along with (after you taste it) salt and pepper. Note that if you brined the turkey, you likely won&rsquot need much salt at all! So always, always, always taste the gravy before adding any salt.

    1. Season the turkey on the outside with salt and pepper, and place it, breast side up, in a heavy roasting pan just large enough to accommodate it. Arrange the liver, neck, and gizzard around the turkey. (The giblets are often in a little package hidden in the neck end of the bird.) Fold a sheet of aluminum foil to create a triple thickness, making it just large enough to cover the breast. Rub butter evenly on one side of the folded foil, then place it, buttered side down, over the breast.
    2. Slide the bird into the oven and turn on the oven to 350°F (there is no need to preheat). Roast for about 1 hour. Remove the foil and continue to roast the turkey for about 1 1/2 hours longer, or until a thermometer inserted into the space between the thigh and the breast without touching bone reads 140°F. Transfer the turkey to a platter, tent loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest in a warm spot for at least 20 minutes before carving.
    3. To make the gravy, remove the liver, gizzard, and neck from the roasting pan. Remove the meat from the neck and discard the bones. Place the neck meat, gizzard, and liver in a food processor and pulse until finely ground. Do not process to a paste. Set the giblets aside.
    4. Check the juices in the roasting pan. If you have a lot of juices, transfer them to a glass pitcher, skim off the fat with a ladle, and return 3 tablespoons of the fat to the pan. If you have very few juices, place the pan on the stove top, boil down the juices until they caramelize on the bottom of the pan and separate from the fat, and pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the fat. Add the flour to the fat in the pan over medium heat and stir together for 1 minute to cook the flour and form a roux. If you have degreased juices, add broth to the measuring pitcher to total 3 cups. Gradually stir in the broth or broth-juices mixture and continue to stir over medium to medium-high heat until the roux and the caramelized juices dissolve into the gravy and the gravy is smooth and has thickened to a nice consistency. Add the ground giblets, stir well, and season with salt and pepper. Pour the gravy into a warmed sauceboat.
    5. Carve the bird and serve with the gravy.

    Reprinted with permission from Meat: A Kitchen Education by James Peterson, © 2012 Ten Speed Press

    James Peterson is an award-winning food writer, cooking instructor, and photographer who began his culinary career as a restaurant cook in Paris in the 1970s. Returning to the United States in the 1980s, he honed his French cooking techniques during his tenure as chef-partner at Le Petit Robert in New York. A highly regarded cooking instructor for more than two decades, Peterson teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly Peter Kump's New York Cooking School). His first book, Sauces, won two 1992 James Beard Awards Vegetables, Glorious French Food, Cooking, and Baking have earned him four more James Beard Awards. Peterson cooks, writes, and photographs from Brooklyn, New York.

    Roast Turkey Gravy Recipe Instructions

    For this turkey gravy recipe, you’ll need:

    • Turkey juices from the roasting pan
    • Turkey fat drippings from the roasting pan (if you don’t have quite enough, supplement with butter or vegetable oil until you have ⅓ cup)
    • Turkey or chicken stock
    • Butter
    • Paprika
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • All-purpose flour
    • Turkey giblets and/or turkey neck (optional)
    • Vegetables from the roasting pan (optional) and dark soy sauce (sounds surprising, but don’t knock it till you try it!)
    • Salt, to taste
    • An optional cornstarch slurry

    A useful gadget that comes in handy for making your turkey gravy is a fat separator. It saves crucial time when you’re in the home stretch of preparing a gravy for any roast turkey, chicken, or even a prime rib.

    Once you’ve taken your cooked turkey out of your roasting pan, you should be left with a bunch of vegetables in the pan, the giblets, and your lovely drippings. Cover your turkey with some aluminum foil to keep it warm and while it’s resting you can make your gravy!

    Carefully pour the pan drippings through a strainer into your fat separator. You will see all of the fat float to the top. The fat separator allows liquid juices to be poured out from the bottom of the separator, keeping it separate from the fat (neat, right?).

    Now that all your turkey fat and juices are in the fat separator, pour the juices into a measuring cup. At this point, you will have to supplement those drippings with additional liquid to get a total of 3 cups of liquid to make your gravy. One great tip is to add some hot water to your roasting tray and deglaze it to make additional “broth” from the pan. You can also add a high-quality store-bought chicken or turkey stock to get your 3 cups of liquid.

    Next, pour the fat left in the fat separator through the strainer into a measuring cup until you have ⅓ cup, and set aside. If you don’t have ⅓ cup of turkey fat, supplement with vegetable oil or melted butter until you reach ⅓ cup.

    Here is where you are going to decide what kind of gravy you want to make. We have two enhancements: one that uses the roasted vegetables and onions from your turkey pan, and one that uses the giblets/neck to enrich the gravy. Of course, they can be combined as well! These two enhancements will thicken the gravy and add more flavor. They are also totally optional if all you want is a smooth, traditional gravy. We sometimes make a few versions if we are in the mood. Otherwise, it’s up to the chef for the day!

    One quick note on giblets–I don’t recommend using the liver for gravy instead, we save it for Barley’s Thanksgiving meal!

    Turkey gravy recipe enhancement #1: Roasted Vegetable Turkey Gravy

    For our turkey, we use a mix of celery, carrots, and onions as the base in the roasting pan. After the turkey is roasted, put one cup of the vegetables into a blender with ¼ cup of your 3 cups of turkey broth. Remember that the carrots will add sweetness to the gravy, so you can put more onions/celery if you want to keep the gravy on the saltier side. Use the juice or soup setting on your blender, and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. This will get stirred into the gravy.

    Turkey gravy recipe enhancement #2: Giblet Gravy

    Mince the giblets and the meat from the turkey neck and set aside. If you don’t like a chunky texture, you can add them to the blender with the broth (or add them to the vegetables from enhancement #1!) and blend everything together. The giblet mixture (whether minced or blended) will get stirred into the gravy. Giblet gravy has a richer turkey flavor than regular gravy, and has become a family favorite!

    Turkey gravy recipe enhancement #3: The Combo

    A combination of #1 and #2––Add the giblets/neck meat and vegetables to a blender, whizz it all up, and add to the gravy.

    Ok, now that you have your fat, your liquid, and your enhancements (if using), here’s how to put it all together.

    In a large saucepan over medium heat, add the turkey fat, 1 tablespoon of butter, the paprika, and the fresh ground black pepper. When the fat starts bubbling, gradually whisk in ⅓ cup of all-purpose flour until you have a roux. Continue to cook the roux on medium heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Cooking the roux longer will darken your gravy and add more flavor as the flour in the roux gets cooked. This combination of turkey fat, oil, and butter not only adds huge amounts of flavor and thickens your gravy, there is no water involved in this step, which is usually the culprit of a lumpy gravy! The oil and fat melts away any lumps of flour as you whisk it in.

    Next, whisk in the 3 cups of turkey drippings/stock into the roux, turning up the heat to medium-high and whisking constantly. Continue to whisk the gravy for another 2 minutes until it has thickened enough to coat a spoon. At this point, you can whisk in your giblets and/or vegetable mixture, if you’ve chosen to do one or both of the “gravy enhancements.” Add the soy sauces, salt, and more pepper to taste. We find that dark soy sauce gives gravy a richer flavor and deeper color, which is why we add it!

    Here’s what the gravy looks like with the vegetable/giblet mixture added:

    At this point, if you need to troubleshoot a bit, there’s no cause for alarm – it’s normal to make minor adjustments to any turkey gravy recipe. If the gravy is too thin, use a water and cornstarch slurry to thicken the gravy to your preference. If the gravy is too thick, add more stock. Remember that the gravy will always seem thinner when it is hot, and will thicken a bit as it cools.

    Once you’ve reached your desired gravy consistency, pour it into a gravy boat, and serve immediately with your Thanksgiving turkey and mashed potatoes!

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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    Made-from-Scratch Perfect Turkey Giblet Gravy

    Chunks of giblets added to turkey gravy bump up the flavor of this holiday classic!

    • Author:Carole from Toot Sweet 4 Two
    • Prep Time: 10 mins
    • Cook Time: 1 hour 20 mins
    • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
    • Yield: 4 cups 1 x
    • Category: Gravy
    • Cuisine: American


    • Turkey neck and giblets reserved from a turkey
    • 4 cups turkey pan drippings (or add chicken broth or stock to equal 4 cups )
    • 3 tablespoons turkey fat from roasted turkey OR butter
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    • Salt (to taste)
    • Pepper (to taste)


    To Make Giblets:

    1. Remove neck and giblets from turkey and rinse with cold water.
    2. Place turkey neck and giblets in small saucepan and cover with water.
    3. Bring to boil on stovetop, reduce heat and simmer 1 hour.
    4. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
    5. Once cool to the touch, remove giblets from saucepan (discarding liquid) and dice into small chunks.
    6. Peel some of the neck meat from the neck and chop, discarding bones.
    7. Place in covered refrigerator container and refrigerate until ready to use.

    To Make Gravy:

    1. Remove prepared giblets from refrigerator.
    2. When turkey is finished roasting and has been removed to chopping board to rest, strain turkey pan drippings into a bowl using a fine mesh sieve.
    3. Transfer turkey drippings to a fat separator and drain off turkey fat, reserving 3 tablespoons for gravy.
    4. Pour strained turkey drippings into a 4-cup glass measuring cup and add enough chicken broth or stock to equal 4 cups.
    5. Add 3 tablespoons turkey fat (or butter) to a saucepan and turn heat to medium.
    6. Add flour to turkey fat and stir to combine until mixture becomes a thick paste (roux).
    7. Add turkey drippings/chicken stock all at once and stir.
    8. Increase heat to high, stirring constantly mixture will begin to thicken.
    9. Taste gravy and adjust seasonings by adding salt and pepper to taste.
    10. If gravy is lumpy, strain through a fine mesh sieve and return to saucepan.
    11. Reduce heat, add giblets and continue stirring until gravy is thick and coats the back of a spoon.
    12. Pour into serving bowl or gravy boat and serve.

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    Giblet gravy

    There are few foods on the holiday table that carry the mystique of gravy. At its most basic level, it’s nothing more than a paste of flour and fat thinned with turkey stock, yet it somehow has the capacity to strike fear in otherwise brave-hearted cooks.

    Granted, there are enough bad gravies out there to give a cook pause. But making a good gravy -- one that tastes of turkey essence and not flour and that lightly naps the food rather than smothering it -- is only a little more complicated than stirring together a white sauce.

    The words sauce and gravy are often used interchangeably, but in this context, what we mean by gravy is liquid thickened by flour rather than by reduction.

    If you want to make sauce for your turkey, pour all the fat out of the roasting pan, set the pan over high heat and when the browned bits that stick to the bottom start to sizzle, deglaze with white or red wine, scraping to free all the scraps. Reduce this to a syrup and add turkey stock. Reduce by about one-third and whisk in a couple of tablespoons of cold butter before serving.

    Though a sauce should be made right in the roaster, gravy can be made either in the roasting pan or in a saucepan, which, because it is smaller, is easier for beginners to handle. The roaster, though, has the advantage of eliminating a step since all those great browned sticky bits are already in the pan.

    The thickness of the gravy is dictated by the ratio of fat-and-flour paste to liquid. A customary white sauce (such as one you might use for making lasagna) has about two tablespoons each of fat and flour for every cup of liquid.

    Obviously, that is way too thick for turkey. That much paste will thicken about 1 1/2 cups of stock to just about the right gravy consistency -- just thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Keep extra stock handy, though. As the gravy simmers, it will gradually thicken some more and you might want to thin it.

    The most critical phase of making gravy is right at the start, when you make the paste and add the first bit of liquid to it. This is what makes the difference between a gravy that is silky and one that is lumpy. After that, everything is easy.

    Start by whisking the flour into the hot fat -- you can stir it in with a wooden spoon, but a long whisk will incorporate it more smoothly. Cook the paste over medium heat until it turns a tannish brown -- three to five minutes. You’ll want to heat it just long enough to begin to cook the paste, but not so long that it darkens and begins to scorch. Add a ladleful of liquid and whisk like crazy, working out any clumps. It will start to thicken almost immediately. Gradually add the remaining liquid, a ladleful at a time, whisking all the while.

    Once all the liquid has been added and the gravy is smooth, add the chopped meat from the neck and giblets and any other ingredients, such as pureed roasted shallots or sauteed mushrooms.

    Let the gravy simmer for at least 20 minutes to get rid of any raw flour taste. Sample a spoonful occasionally and you will see how the flavor develops.

    While it’s simmering, carefully skim the surface with a big spoon to remove any “skin” that forms. That’s just dried-out protein from the flour, by the way, and as with everything else about gravy making, it’s absolutely nothing to be afraid of.

    How to Cook Turkey Giblets

    If you do not like to waste any part of the turkey, then you must be wondering what to do with the giblets? There are many ways of using turkey giblets in a dish.

    If you do not like to waste any part of the turkey, then you must be wondering what to do with the giblets? There are many ways of using turkey giblets in a dish.

    Turkey giblets constitute of the liver, neck, heart, and gizzard. Many people use the turkey giblets in cooking. There are many ways of preparing turkey giblets. Just add them when you are cooking stock, gravies and stuffing. To give it a wonderful flavor, sauté them with onions, carrots, fragrant herbs and spices.

    Turkey Stuffing

    Here is a very delicious and easy turkey giblet stuffing recipe. The use of chorizo sausage in the recipe gives it a spicy flavor.


    • Turkey giblets, 500 g.
    • Chorizo, 250 g. (casings removed)
    • Large onions, 2 (diced)
    • Garlic oil, 2 tbsp.
    • Breadcrumbs, 2 cups
    • Eggs, 2
    • Chicken stock, 2 cups
    • Celery, 1 cup (chopped)
    • Rosemary, 2 tbsp. (chopped)
    • Pepper, 1 tbsp. (freshly ground)
    • Sea salt, 1 tbsp.

    In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the garlic oil. Finely slice the chorizo sausage and fry it in the oil. Now add the turkey giblets and cook them until they are browned. Once the sausages and giblets are cooked through remove them into a bowl with the help of a slotted spoon. In another pan, fry the chopped onions and celery in 2 tablespoons of garlic infused oil. When the onions have turned translucent add ¼ cup of water into the pan. Reduce the heat and cook until the celery has been softened. Add the browned chorizo and giblets into this onions and celery mixture. Whisk the eggs in a bowl and add bread crumbs and thyme. Pour this egg mixture into the vegetable and sausage broth and simmer until you get a thick consistency. Your turkey stuffing is ready.

    Turkey Giblet Gravy

    This traditional gravy is a great accompaniment with mashed potatoes and turkey stuffing. Do not use turkey liver in this recipe as it gives a very strong acrid flavor to the gravy.


    • Turkey giblets, 250 g.
    • Carrots, ½ cup (chopped)
    • Onions, ½ cup (diced)
    • Vegetable oil, 2 tbsp.
    • Celery, ¼ cup (chopped)
    • Chicken stock, 5 cups
    • Salt, 2 tbsp.
    • Cornstarch, 1 tsp.
    • Allspice, 1 tbsp.
    • A handful of chopped parsley

    In a medium-sized saucepan, heat the vegetable oil. Add the chopped onions, carrots, and celery and lightly fry them until they are browned. Now add the turkey giblets and stir-fry them for 5 to 6 minutes. Add salt, pepper, allspice, and the chicken stock. Simmer at a low heat, stirring continuously. Remove the turkey giblets from the stock and set aside to cool. Dice all the turkey giblets into small bite sized pieces. Reduce the stock and set aside one ladle of it into a bowl. Now add cornstarch into the bowl and mix well so that no lumps are formed. Add this cornstarch into the gravy along with the meat and cook until the gravy has thickened. Check seasonings and add more salt and pepper if required.

    So now that you how to cook turkey giblets, you can cook them in various ways and surprise your loved ones with a delicious home cooked gravy or stuffing.

    1. Place the giblets in a 4-quart pot and cover with water.
    2. Add 2 teaspoons salt. Bring to a sim­mer and cook until tender.
    3. Drain the cooked giblets, rinse, and drain again.
    4. In another pot, combine 1/4 cup water with the vinegar, sugar, 1-1/2 tablespoons salt, pepper­corns, red pepper flakes, pickling spice, and garlic cloves and bring to a boil.
    5. Layer the sliced onions and giblets in a 1-quart canning jar and top with boiling brine.
    6. Refrigerate the jar for a couple of weeks while the brine does its work, and then enjoy. For long-term storage, seal the lid according to a standardized, safe canning method. (I use the USDA guide see below.)
    7. Chill the giblets in a fridge before serving, and use within a week of opening.Note: For more information about canning, go online and look for the USDA Guide to the Principles of Home Canning.

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    What Are Turkey Giblets?

    The giblets of the turkey are actually three different organs: the liver, heart and gizzard. The gizzard is essentially the stomach of the turkey. While it might not sound appetizing, turkey giblets are great in recipes after they've been boiled. Plus, organ meats provide high amounts of vitamin A and B vitamins.

    Hearts are made of muscle tissue and are rich in blood. Blood carries nutrients through the body, which is why heart tissue is more nutritious compared to meat. The liver creates bile, which doesn't sound appealing, but it's loaded with vitamins and minerals.

    The gizzard is particularly high in protein. As reported by the the USDA, 4 ounces contain 21 grams of protein and no carbs. By comparison, the same amount of raw giblets has 20.5 grams of protein, 140 calories and almost 6 grams of fat.

    By eating just 4 ounces of turkey giblets, you can meet the recommended daily values (DV) for some vitamins. According the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these dietary recommendations apply to adults and children over the age of four. Individual recommendations, however, may vary.

    As the FDA notes, you should aim for about 6 micrograms of vitamin B12 daily. A 4-ounce serving of turkey giblets provides over 14 micrograms. While the FDA recommends 5,000 International Units (IU) of vitamin A per day, giblets contain almost 15,000 IU.

    Turkey giblets won't satisfy the daily value for some nutrients, but they still provide a significant amount. Riboflavin is one example. The recommended daily value is 1.7 milligrams, and giblets contain 1.57 milligrams per serving.

    Getting enough B-complex vitamins in your diet is important. According to a November 2016 study published in Maturitas, low levels of these nutrients are common in people with cognitive decline.

    Traveling with your Turkey Gravy Tip:

    If making the gravy in advance—pour cold gravy into a small slow cooker. Turn the heat on high. Heat through. At first the gravy will be lumpy but as it warms and gets hot the lumps will disappear. Whisking helps too. Once the gravy is hot, turn the slow cooker to warm until ready to serve. To transport: If your small slow cooker is like mine it doesn’t have any clamps on the handle. First, place a piece of foil on top of the slow cooker, then place the lid on top of the foil. This will create a suction. Then, add bungee cordsto keep the lid nice and tight. No spills! Then when I got to my destination I plugged it in!

    How to get gravy brown

    Wondering how I get what should be a light gravy so brown? It’s all about the browning of the flour and butter. This step adds such a rich deep flavor to the gravy. Melt the butter, sprinkle the flour over the butter, whisk together and cook until the flour/butter mixture has turned a beautiful brown color.

    Free Activity Sheets and Coloring Pages

    Thanksgiving Indoor Games and Free Activity Sheets: While everyone is bustling around the kitchen getting Thanksgiving Dinner on the table, it’s nice to have some indoor games ready for the kiddos. These fun games are full of colorful graphics. The Thanksgiving Bingo Game is designed in a way that even the little ones can play. The Thanksgiving Match Game is designed the same way. Down below you will find FREE coloring pages and activity sheets. Fun for all ages! Click here for your free printables → Thanksgiving Indoor Games and Free Activity Sheets

    How about Beef Gravy?

    Maybe turkey isn’t on the menu this year—instead you’re grilling beef! This delicious gravy is great on mashed potatoes, meat and rolls. We love grilling or smoking meat but that leaves us without any drippings. Click here for the printable recipe—->>>>BEEF GRAVY WITHOUT THE DRIPPINGS


    How to Smoke a Turkey Two Ways (link)| Prepare the juiciest smoked turkey you’ve ever had! Cut into pieces for easy smoking. Packed with delicious flavor this truly is not only the best smoked turkey we’ve ever had but it beats ALL the different turkeys we have had in the past.

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