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I didn't make gravy with the pan drippings this year (don't ask), but saved them instead. Anybody have some good ideas of what to do with them? I googled, but all I came up with was "make gravy"!

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  1. Freeze the pan drippings now so you will have them for next time you need to make gravy.

    1. You can add them to stock when making soup. Or to purchased broth or soup, to create something closer to a "from scratch" flavor. I think turkey drippings are a great addition to beef/chicken stock when making French onion soup.

      1. well I know you don't want to hear the word gravy again but you're about to.
        I'd use it in a wonderful rustic turkey pot pie and the drippings would give you the most flavor in the inside of the pie, plus as a flavor enhancer over each slice.

        OR

        put the drippings in the fridge or freezer and let the fat come to the surface, skim or yank it off and disgard. use a bit of butter and sautee vegetables, any kind you like with lots of onion and garlic so it's full of flavor, add the drippings sans the fat that you got rid of, and if need be, add a bit more water to deintensify the broth a bit. season with your favorite seasonings either just salt and pepper or cumin or basil or rosemary or paprika or........ do some dumplings in the broth and with a plate of sliced favorite cheeses and maybe some salami slices with crusty garlicky bread for dunking or to put the cheese or salami on and you've got a meal.

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        1. re: iL Divo

          Ooohhh. Good idea with the veggies! Thanks!!

          1. re: jbsiegel

            Agree - great idea!!

          2. re: iL Divo

            "let the fat come to the surface, skim or yank it off and disgard. "

            Lord in heaven, woman! Discard? Can you spell "duck fat"? Fry some eggs in that fat. Or any manner of other things. I would NEVER throw it out.

            1. re: c oliver

              You're right...should've saved that fat!

              1. re: jbsiegel

                I used to do that til CHs set me straight :) Old dog, new trick.

          3. Make fried rice with it.

            1. I can't say that I love the idea, but my German parents would spread the cooled turkey fat on toast.

              I set the drippings aside, boil the carcass, remove the bones, add the drippings sans fat, and make soup by adding barley, carrots, onion, celery, etc.

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              1. re: TheBurgerBusters

                Have you tried speading it on toast??? I got the advice to do that with some pork fat and it was to die for. I throw hardly any fat(s) away. Always good for something.

              2. save it for hannukah and fry your latkes... :)

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                1. re: Emme

                  How pathetic am I??? I refuse to cook latkes in our house because of that horrible leftover frying smell that gets everwhere. We go to my mother-in-law's instead....

                  1. re: jbsiegel

                    not pathetic... i won't do it in mine either. bake or light pan-saute ;)

                    1. re: jbsiegel

                      That smell is love.

                    2. re: Emme

                      Is it still schmaltz if it's from turkey?

                    3. I would use the turkey drippings in any recipe calling for chicken broth. Add water if it's too concentrated. I'm think along the lines of some great stir fries.

                      1. Stir it into risotto.