ZEELAND, Mich. (WZZM)- Public owner/chef Luke Grill offers Thanksgiving tips for smaller gatherings.

Turkey Stock

Prep Time: 4 hours

Servings: 6-8

2-3 Large Smoked Turkey Legs or Wings

1 Large Onion, Peeled and Rough Chopped

3 large Carrots, Peeled and Large Diced

5 Ribs of Celery, Large Diced

2 Quarts Homemade Chicken stock or Broth

  1. Place Turkey Legs in pot. Place onion, carrots, and celery in the pot as well. Cover with stock and simmer over VERY low flame for 3 hours.
  2. Strain off finished stock and chill completely and reserve.

Turkey Gravy

Prep Time: 20 Min

Servings 6-8

4TablespoonsUnsalted Butter

1/4cupAll-Purpose Flour

4-5cupsTurkey Stock or Pan Drippings from Roasted Turkey

1/3 Cup Heavy Cream

½ Tbsp Chopped Herbs ( Sage, Parsley, Rosemary)

Salt & White Pepper To Taste

  1. Melt Butter in large sauce pan.
  2. Add Flour and cook for about 2 min until the Roux turns blonde in color and smells slightly nutty.
  3. Slowly add the stock ¾ cup at a time until desired consistency is achieved.

*Make sure to not add any more stock until the sauce is smooth and reaches a boil after each ¾ Cup addition*

4. Add Cream, herbs and season to taste----serve with your favorite turkey!

Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time: 1 hour

Servings: 6-8

1 Bag or 12 oz. Fresh Cranberries

¾ Cup Packed Brown Sugar

¾ Cup White Sugar

¾ Cup orange Juice

½ Cup Red Wine

2 Cinnamon Sticks

Zest of 1-2 Oranges

1/3 Cup toasted Pecans

Pinch Kosher Salt

  1. Place Cranberries, sugar, Orange Juice, Red Wine, Cinnamon Sticks, and salt in pot and cook over low heat for 20-30 min until Cranberries burst and are soft.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool to room tempature.
  3. *Optional Step* Puree or blend half the cranberries and re-combine it to the other "unblended" cranberries
  4. Add orange Zest & pecans to the finished sauce.
  5. Stir and chill finished sauce and serve!

* One note- Depending on the Cranberries, type of wine, and OJ you use the sugar level may need to be varied slightly. Feel free to add a bit less or a touch more sugar depending on how YOU like your cranberry sauce*