- 2 pears (ripe but still firm), peeled and thinly sliced
- 4 large shallots, very thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh sage (or 1½ teaspoons dried sage)
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 cup apple cider
- 4 cups turkey or chicken broth
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Heat a large sauté pan to medium-high and melt 2 tablespoons butter. When butter just starts to brown, add pears, shallots and sage. Season with salt and pepper.
Stir occasionally until pears and shallots are nicely browned and pears break apart.
Add wine, stirring to scrape up any browned bits. Increase heat to high until wine is almost completely evaporated. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a large saucepan, melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add flour and stir constantly until lightly golden and aromatic (flour will smell faintly of popcorn).
Combine apple cider and broth. Slowly add to pan, whisking constantly. Add pear mixture and simmer until gravy thickens.
Adjust seasoning to taste and serve hot with roasted turkey or chicken.
Can be made a day ahead; cover and refrigerate. Reheat to 140°F before serving.