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Vegetarian Gravy?

litchick Nov 16, 2006 08:56 PM

Doing an all-veg thanksgiving for the first time, and am wondering if anyone has a favorite recipe for a vegetarian gravy? Yeah, I know, why have gravy without pan drippings - I'm with you. But, family reasons require veg gravy, or no gravy at all. I'm already going turkey-less, so I'd love to have a gravy if possible. Any ideas?


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    MaldenBoy Nov 16, 2006 09:09 PM

    1/2 cup vegetable oil
    1/3 cup chopped onion
    5 cloves garlic, minced
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    4 teaspoons nutritional yeast
    4 tablespoons light soy sauce
    2 cups vegetable broth
    1/2 teaspoon dried sage
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in flour, nutritional yeast, and soy sauce to form a smooth paste. Gradually whisk in the broth. Season with sage, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring constantly, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until thickened.

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      MaldenBoy Nov 16, 2006 09:10 PM

      Hope this helps

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      1. re: MaldenBoy
        litchick Nov 16, 2006 10:11 PM

        ah, thank you! have you tried this? would some sliced mushrooms compliment it?

        1. re: litchick
          piccola Nov 17, 2006 12:59 AM

          Google "mushroom gravy," you'll find tons. I eyeball it, or I'd give you a recipe. A tip, though - it's worth using a few dried porcini and their soaking liquid for extra flavour.

      2. wowimadog Nov 21, 2006 02:02 AM

        i am a vegan and i love the golden gravy in "the real food daily cookbook." even fooled the omnis last holiday season! i would be happy to email it to you, as i can't post it here due to copyright law and i can't find it online.

        the cookbook can be purchased here: http://www.powells.com/biblio/2-15800...

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        1. re: wowimadog
          lollya Jan 5, 2007 08:34 PM

          i would love this recipe...

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          Summerfield Jan 5, 2007 09:21 PM

          Create a vegetable broth using chopped onions, celery, and carrots (and maybe a turnip or parsnip), with some herbs that you like (bay leaf, parsley, salt, pepper, etc). Make enough for about three or four cups.
          Make a light-brown roux using a stick of butter and half cup of flour. Using a strainer, add the broth, pressing out every last drop of it from the vegetables.
          You have to adjust the thickness for yourself, and adjust the salt and pepper. Maybe pre-press the broth into a measure cup before adding to the roux.

          1. lollya Jan 5, 2007 09:45 PM

            muchos gracias!

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              Sharuf Jan 6, 2007 09:00 AM

              Make a gravy base using 1 cup buttermilk and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Take this in whatever flavor direction you want. For example, you can add sauteed mushrooms or sauteed onions.

              1. lollya Jan 7, 2007 04:23 PM

                Thank you Sharuf!

                1. revsharkie Jan 7, 2007 07:30 PM

                  The Goldbecks have a number of nice vegetarian gravies in their "American Wholefoods Cooking." My favorite is cashew gravy.

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