So the alarm finally went off with what I considered a trustworthy reading,
so I pulled it at 161.
After a brief fight getting it out of the pan, the turkey went into
hibernation for its half-hour nap:
At this point, things get vague. A lot of stuff happened, but very little of
it is too fantabulous. Made stuffing from a mix. I got the green bean
casserole (just like the Campbell's Food Scientists used to make!) and the
potatoes into the oven. Prepped some prefab dinner rolls for the oven.
As for the gravy angle, I removed the apple and onion bits, as well as any
weird bits of turkey still hanging on, smashed up the garlic with the back
of a fork, and deglazed the pan with some wine and added some chicken broth.
Thickened it with a corn starch slurry. Huzzah.
Around the time of topping off the potatoes, it was noted that there was a
crucial step missed. In damage control mode, I poured about a cup of milk
over things and stirred them a bit to integrate them better. Topped it off
with the cornflakes and butter and ended up going about 12 minutes longer
than previously expected.
I like stuff.