Thursday, 20 December 2012

on the 11th day of create christmas

The kitchen reduced  for me... spiced Christmas gravy

Every morning in the create kitchen huge stock pots bubble away, with all of the trimmings from the onions, vegetables and herbs thrown in too. When it comes to Christmas we pop in some cinnamon sticks and star anise as well for some festive spice. We guess that you probably don't have 100 litre stock pots at home so use the biggest pan you can find.
25g butter
Turkey giblets (neck, heart and liver) 
3 celery sticks, roughly chopped
2 carrots, roughly chopped
1 onion, roughly chopped
3 fresh bay leaves
8 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks
8 black peppercorns
3 tbsp plain flour
150ml red wine
a dash of Worcestershire sauce

1) melt the butter in a large pan over a medium heat, add the giblets and vegetables and fry for 8 minutes, until golden.
2) add the bay leaves and spices and 1.5 litres water, gently bring to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.
3) strain the stock into a jug – you should have around 600ml. Set aside to cool slightly, then discard the fat from the surface.
4) once your turkey has roasted remove it from the pan and place the turkey’s roasting tin on the hob over a medium-high heat, add the flour and stir for 1 minute. Gradually stir in the wine, bring to the boil and reduce by half, then add the stock and any of the turkey’s cooking juices and bring back to the boil, allow to simmer for 15 minutes, to thicken. Discard any film from the surface, then season with the Worcestershire sauce.

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