Homemade Turkey Gravy: How to Fix it When it Burns

With so many dishes to prepare, it's easy to burn the gravy.

If you're in charge of making the homemade turkey gravy for Thanksgiving this year, you're probably also making the turkey and maybe a few other Thanksgiving sides. That's a lot on your plate- no pun intended!

It's common to get distracted and overcook one of your menu items. If you've done all the hard work of making a turkey gravy recipe with drippings, from a stock, or in my case, a gluten-free turkey gravy, the last thing you want to do is lose track of time and burn it.

But it happens!

Don't fret! There are a few ways to fix burnt gravy.

Top Ways to Fix Burnt Gravy

One way to fix burnt gravy is to strain the gravy into a clean saucepan and add peanut butter about 1 teaspoon at a time. The peanut butter takes away the burnt taste.

A second way to cure burnt turkey gravy is to throw in a raw potato after you've strained it. The potato (or another starch you have on hand) may absorb the burnt flavor. Leave the potato in for about 20 minutes if you can; then remove it, reheat, and serve.

A third approach to fixing burnt gravy is to sweeten up the gravy. After it's strained to remove the burnt bits, you can add a pinch of sugar at a time until the flavor changes. You might also throw caramelized onions into the sauce.

Finally, if you can't beat it, join it! If the burnt taste isn't disappearing, consider embracing the smoky flavor by adding a bit of paprika, cumin, mustard, or chipotle hot sauce.

Here's to not burning the gravy on Thanksgiving, but if you do, apply one of these Thanksgiving hacks and no one will be the wiser!

For more free cooking tips & nutrition advice from a Registered Dietitian, visit ZEST Nutrition.

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