Every year at this Thanksgiving time, my students ask me for the perfect way to prepare gravy. Although I do indeed know the secrets to smooth lump free, flavorful gravy, I love the look on their faces when I tell them I never prepare gravy for the holiday.
Blasphemous, perhaps. Instead, I serve applesauce with slices of turkey. Yes, applesauce! Its sweetness is a perfect foil to the gaminess of turkey. It’s one of the simplest things to prepare and tastes far and beyond better than the canned. Keep it chunky for great texture and palate stimulation.
All apples are great for this except I’d avoid Red Delicious as it does not give off the great juices that other apples such as McIntosh or Jonathan will. Play around with the spices, serve it warm and think of applesauce beyond its designation as a dessert. Trust me, the turkey will love its new partner; the gravy can wait.
4 large baking apples, peeled and diced
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cover and cook over low heat , stirring often for about 10-15 minutes. Lightly mash with a potato masher or immersion blender.