This gravy recipe is taken from the wonderful Jamie Oliver, you can make this in advance - even freeze it prior Christmas (or any other meal you might want to make it for) and just warm it on the stove in a pan and add the cooking juices from the meat for extra flavour!
2 Diced onions
2 Chopped carrots
2 Sticks of celery, chopped
2 Rashers streaky bacon, chopped
2 Bay leaves
2 Sprigs of sage (tsp dried)
2 Sprigs of rosemary (tsp dried)
2 Star anise
10 Chicken wings
60ml Sherry or port, (optional)
4 Tbsp plain flour
2 Tbsp cranberry sauce, (optional)
Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C Fan, 350°F).
Into a roasting pan (that you can also use on the stove) put the onions, carrots, celery, bacon, bay leaves, sage, and rosemary.
Break the chicken wings so that the bones are cracked in places with a sharp knife, but keep the wings intact.
Place the chicken wings on top of the other ingredients in the roasting dish.
Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.
Roast for 1 hour or until the chicken wings are golden & browned. The more colour the chicken wings have, the more flavour your gravy will have!
Remove the roasting dish from the oven and place it on the stove over medium-high heat. Add 60ml sherry/white wine/port, let it bubble away for a few minutes until most of it has evaporated.
Stir in 4Tbsp flour, and cook for about 5 minutes.
Add enough boiling water to just cover the ingredients (about 1.5-2 litres or 6-8 cups). Simmer over medium heat for about 30-45 minutes, or until the gravy starts to thicken to your liking.
Mash all the ingredients with a masher/back of a spoon to release maximum flavour.
When the gravy is cooked to your liking, strain into a large bowl or jug, again squishing the ingredients to get as much liquid out as you can! Taste for seasoning.
Let the gravy cool before storing in the fridge or freezer.
To serve, microwave or bring to a simmer in a saucepan. If it is too thick, thin it with some boiling water. Add the juices from your roast!
ENJOY - don't forget to tag us in your photos if you try this!