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Apple Cider Gravy

Most people will tell you that it simply doesn't feel like Thanksgiving without gravy. We agree. However, it is possible to make a gravy that isn't as loaded with fat as the traditional homemade gravy. And the apple taste gives this gravy a nice, crisp, fall feeling. While the turkey is resting outside of the pan, skim off all the fat that you can from the drippings. In a small bowl, whisk together a half-cup of low-fat chicken or vegetable broth with three tablespoons of flour until smooth. Set your roasting pan on your stove burners to get some heat going, and add 1 1/4 cups apple cider, and two tablespoons apple cider vinegar to pan the juices. Bring to a boil, and add 3 1/2 cups of your broth. Boil until the liquid reduces by half, and then whisk in the flour mixture to thicken. Run through a sieve to remove any solid, and then salt and pepper to taste. Delicious, and only about 30 calories per three-tablespoon serving.

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