Secretly, some people like the stuffing and gravy as much as the turkey. Hey don’t judge—a good stuffing and gravy are rare at other times of year.
There’s nothing wrong with basic bread and cornbread stuffing—it gets its flavor and moisture from turkey broth, and from baking in a turkey. Lots of other flavors make good stuffing, too, including sausage, oysters, cranberries, rice and nuts.
A good gravy makes use of the deliciously caramelized turkey juices in the bottom of the roasting pan. Like stuffing, gravy’s flavors can be amped up with hot pepper, sherry, mushrooms, smoked paprika, herbs and more.
Use our Easy Turkey Gravy or Basic Turkey Gravy recipes to get started, then let your imagination take you somewhere delicious.
—By Nicki Pendleton Wood