It’s been 7 years since my friend, Mildred, and I made the road trip to visit Mildred’s sister, Alice, who lives in Chicago. The whole experience was memorable for a variety of reasons but Alice’s Dill Gravy, part of her Czech heritage, is one of the most outstanding.
Ever since our return home I have made every effort to recreate that lovely culinary delight. I had little success until yesterday…
We had a roasted turkey roll that I had seasoned with salt, pepper and rosemary. The whole business went into packages for the freezer.
*Think: Cook ONCE; eat TWICE or more!
I put a chunk of that roll into the oven with a pile of onions and broccoli yesterday. Boiled red potatoes were prepared atop the stove. I was determined to make Alice’s Dill Gravy and by jove, I think I GOT it. As a matter of fact, The Normanator even gave an unsolicited thumbs up for that yumminess. Here’s how it happened:
ALICE’S DILL GRAVY
1 pat of butter, melted
2 heaping tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups + water
1 teaspoon bouillon *Or use chicken broth to replace water AND bouillon
salt and pepper to taste
Dill weed *I used dry but when fresh dill is in season, that’s fabulous
4 tablespoons vinegar *I used white distilled
I melted the butter in my trusty cast iron skillet and slowly added the cornstarch/water/bouillon mixture. As it thickened I needed to add more water to make it the thickness we like for gravy. I added the salt and pepper and tasted it. It tasted like plain ole gravy so I proceeded to sprinkle the dill in until I liked the look of it. I added the vinegar S L O W L Y, tasting before adding more each time. I was surprised it needed that much vinegar but in the end it tasted EXACTLY like Alice’s and I was doing the Happy Dance right here in the Club House!
Dill Gravy is wonderful with turkey or pork. Our turkey was a bit on the dry order, even though I had added moisture as it reheated so drizzling that Dill Gravy over the meat was just lovely.
This adds so much character to a meal and it is CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP to make! It’s so easy even a child could do it!
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