Every year, millions of Americans reach inside their turkeys, pull out the neck, gizzards, and organs, and like taste-hating savages, throw them in the garbage. WTF, America? Why are you not accepting that this is the best part of a turkey?
Okay, quick primer. When you reach into the turkey, you should pull out:
To compare, the whole thing should look like this:
But can you mix and match other poultry cuts? YES YOU CAN.
First things first, if you have been using store-bought gravy, this is gonna change your life: the neck and gizzards + the drippings from the roasting pan + a tiny bit of flour. That's all.
The Pioneer Woman's gravy recipe is ridiculously easy to follow with clear pictures every step of the way.
Turkey Gizzard Stuffing
Turkey Giblet Broth
If you don't want to incorporate the turkey offal into Thanksgiving, you can just refrigerate (or freeze) them for your own private meatgasm later. Consider...
Pan-Fried Turkey Livers with Bacon
Turkey Neck Curry
Turkey and Chicken Liver Pâté
Fried Livers With Thyme, Garlic, and Leeks
Bacon Fat Gizzard Confit
Garganelli with Gizzards
Collard Greens and Smoked Turkey Necks
Sautéed Chicken Liver Orecchiette with Kale
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