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Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love waking up early to take a long walk with our dog. I return home to enjoy a hot cup of coffee, watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (who doesn't love a good parade?) and prepare traditional holiday recipes that were passed down to me. Thanksgiving has the fun of Christmas without the stress of decorating and gift giving.
This year I'm taking the advice from the Editors at Serious Eats and adding a secret ingredient to my turkey gravy recipe to jazz things up. Any guesses? Herbs? Spices? Nope. Fish sauce! YES! Bland gravy will not have a seat at my Thanksgiving table this year.
Red Boat Fish Sauce is an all natural, first press, "extra virgin" Vietnamese fish sauce. Unlike other brands of fish sauce, Red Boat is bottled directly on Phu Quoc Island (located off the coast of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand) using just two ingredients: fresh caught wild black anchovies and sea salt. Providing a bit of saltiness and delightful umami flavor, it's traditionally used in Asian cuisine, but can also enhance a number of savory recipes. O.k., so it's not the most glamorous condiment in the pantry and the aroma is strong, but a dash adds unmistakable depth and richness without any of the bad stuff - - it's free of cholesterol, trans fat, carbs and sugar.
Red Boat and the recipe for Gravy with Fish Sauce are currently available in our Serious Eats holiday essentials crate while supplies last. Give your turkey gravy a savory, complex depth of flavor this year. You can thank us later :)