Have you ever cooked a lovely roast chicken, turkey, or roast beef with plenty of leftovers but no leftover gravy? This happened with our Thanksgiving Turkey dinner - lots of leftovers except no gravy! Normally we have tons leftover, but not this time. Since I could heat everything up in the oven, there was time to make a gravy that would be tasty to have with the turkey and mashed potatoes - and I discovered a simple way to do that.
This recipe/method will work for leftover roast chicken, turkey, and roast beef. Total time to make - about 45 min. Plenty of time to heat up the leftovers in the oven.
1 Tblsp. butter
1 large shallot, roughly sliced
1 large garlic, roughly sliced
1/2 a celery stalk, roughly chopped
sprigs of fresh sage, about 1/8th a cup
2 small bay leaves
Dash of garlic powder
For chicken/turkey: dash of poultry seasoning For Beef dash of dried Thyme or to taste
salt and pepper to taste
For chicken/turkey: 2/3 cup roughly chopped dark meat, For beef, same amount and you can use the end pieces or any of the tougher over cooked pieces on the roast to equal 2/3 cup
a good splash of Balsamic Vinegar
1 1/2 cup Chicken Bone Broth or Beef (I used store bought)
cornstarch for a slurry
Heat up a saute pan on low medium heat melting the butter. Add shallot, garlic, celery and sage leaves, seasonings and if using for Beef, dried Thyme. Saute a good 5-8 minutes. Then add in the meat, continue to saute another 5-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. By now there will be some nice caramelizing on the bottom of the pan. Add a good splash of Balsamic Vinegar scraping up any brown bits. Then add in the bone broth, stirring and keep on a low and simmer for a good 45 min.
This will reduce a bit. At the 45 min. mark, remove from the heat and pour into a strainer so you just have the liquid and discard the other ingredients. Return the liquid to the pan and bring back to a lite simmer, then add in the cornstarch slurry, whisking well to thicken. Check for any extra seasoning and adjust. Lovely gravy for any leftovers you might have.