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How to Make Gravy for a Brined Turkey

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A wet-brined or dry-brined turkey is more flavorful than an unbrined turkey, but the technique has one major drawback: salty pan juices. Pan juices are usually the backbone of turkey gravy, but gravy made only with the juices from a brined bird is bound to come out too salty. Fortunately, there’s a solution to this problem: Make the gravy with plain turkey broth and use the pan juices judiciously as a seasoning. The recipe below illustrates this approach, which can be used for any wet-or dry-brined bird.

Herb Gravy for a Brined Turkey   Fresh Herb and Salt-Rubbed Roasted Turkey
Herb Gravy for a Brined Turkey   Fresh Herb and Salt-Rubbed Roasted Turkey

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  • cookmoore | 11/08/2010

    Thanks for this! Really helpful. Do you have any guidance on using stuffing? I feel really passionate about stuffing the turkey but am concerned about the salt level. Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Thanks

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