I’m always a little sad to see all the gravy that’s left after a Holiday dinner. I work hard at getting the gravy just right, and I always want to be sure that there is enough to go around, so we always end up with a container of gravy leftover in our refrigerator, staring at us for days on end. I hate to waste it, so we start making hot turkey or beef sandwiches, but after about the third sandwich my family starts to get tired of them.
I’m thinking that replacing the cream of mushroom soup that’s called for in a casserole recipe might be a good idea and something worth trying. The leftover gravy is much more flavorful than a bland can of soup and would pack a little welcome pizazz into your casserole. Your classic skillet meal of ground beef or chicken, with rice or pasta, and veggies might also benefit from a dollop of gravy. Or stir in a touch to some hot, cooked green beans to add another layer of flavor and a creamy texture. How about using some gravy in a cream soup? It should help thicken the soup as well as add a boost of flavor.
Knowing that so many of us are watching our weight, I know gravy may not be the most popular food right now, but it may have some redemption because 1) it’s homemade and 2) it packs a lot of flavor in a little amount. For a lot of flavor with fewer calories, you could add just a dab of gravy to a cup or so of yogurt for the creamy ingredient of a nice baked casserole.
Anyway, those are my thoughts. Do you have some tried-and-true recipes in which you throw in some of your fabulous homemade gravy?
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