I have mentioned before, I’m not the best cook. I just don’t have the touch. I have a few really good recipes that we make over and over and over. No real variety going on here.
The worst thing I make….the absolute worst….is gravy. I just can’t do it. It always turns out lumpy and flavorless and most of the time it has a slight burned taste. I tried lots of tips and tricks but I just couldn’t master it.
I used to get really tense when the clock started ticking down to Thanksgiving. I can handle most of the meal. The meat is tender, the mashed potatoes are delicious, but I couldn’t get the gravy right. I finally decided to try a mix and add a little of my own twist to it. Guess what! No lumps, great flavor. I was sold. What took me so long?!
I like to use the mix as kind of a base instead of just following the directions on the package. (You’ll be glad to know it has natural spices, no artificial flavors and no MSG!) My favorite way to use it is following this recipe on the McCormick website and I usually add some sage or thyme. To give you a hint, you combine the mix with flour and add a little bit of the pan drippings from the turkey when add the water. It makes the gravy taste homemade and seriously, NO LUMPS!
I mixed some up last night so I could try it again before the big day next week. My kids were thrilled. They love Thanksgiving, so this little pre-turkey-day practice meal was a special treat.
Just so you know, last year we had a crowd for Thanksgiving and I got plenty of compliments on my gravy. I’m definitely planning to use the same recipe again this year.
If you need an easy gravy for this Thanksgiving, try the McCormick Turkey Gravy Mix. It’s so easy to add a little extra seasoning to make it just the way you like it.
And as if easy gravy wasn’t enough to get excited about….McCormick is going to let me give one of YOU an awesome prize! One of you will win a Le Crueset Gravy Boat, Le Crueset Condiment Ladle and a $50 Crate and Barrel gift card. It’s worth $75….Woohoo!
The giveaway ends on Sunday at midnight and you can earn up to 7 entries…..good luck!
I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and McCormick partnered in support of this campaign. McCormick compensated me for my participation, however all thoughts and opinions are my own