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fat instead of butter for gravy roux?

JohnBJohnB Posts: 182
edited 6:58PM in EggHead Forum
Did the Mad Max turkey yesterday. The only thing that deviated from what was expected was that there was no stuff that needed de-glazing from the roasting pan. Because of that I was able to pour all of the drippings, etc... directly into a measuring cup (large, of course). Also, I started the gravy with 2 sticks of melted butter in a large saucepan, instead of the roasting pan. Anyway, the method calls for the fat, once its separated from the good stuff, to be separated from the drippings. Could that fat be used to make the roux instead of the butter?



  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    It sure can. I usually make two rouxs, one with the fat from the bird and another using butter. I only use the butter roux if needed to thicken/darken/enrich/otherwise improve the gravy I have.
  • JohnBJohnB Posts: 182
    Thanks for the reply. It seemed like the logical next step. Also, I think I'm going to drink the wine next year instead of adding it to the gravy. I live in KY and I thought the wine made the gravy taste a little like the sauce you'd put on a hot brown, which I will be making this weekend from the leftovers.
  • you need to read post a little further down entitled "liquid gold". ...absolutely you can use the fat to make your roux!!. ..this year we rubbed the bird in about a cup of duck fat....that along with the butter and white wine and turkey drippings made for fantastic 'stuff', but also about two cups of pure duck/turkey fat.. . .made for the best roux ever!!! ..

    i probably need to update the 'mad max turkey' site accordingly so that people can go either way. ..
  • PattyOPattyO Posts: 883
    I never use butter in making a roux. Actually I never mix butter or any milk product with a meat product. I always use rendered chicken fat or turkey drippings. I also have a jar of chicken fat in my refrig at all times. No problem. I rub my turkey with oil and sprinkle on the herbs and seasonings, sometimes add them to the oil for the basting until the fat begins to render. It works out just fine.
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