Indulge in the rich, hearty flavor of our Savory Mushroom Gravy. A comforting classic, this gravy is a delightful blend of earthy mushrooms, aromatic spices, and a touch of soy sauce for an umami kick. Whether you’re drizzling it over a hot, fluffy mound of mashed potatoes, enhancing a roast dinner, or using it as a base for a casserole, it’s the perfect way to add depth and warmth to your meals.
This easy-to-follow recipe takes approximately 10 minutes of preparation time and 20 minutes of cooking time, resulting in about 4 servings of delicious gravy. As a bonus, it’s vegan-friendly, so everyone at your table can enjoy it. Let’s start cooking!
- 1 lb (or about 500 grams) of fresh mushrooms - thinly sliced
- 1 medium-sized onion - finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic - minced
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
- 2 cups of vegetable broth
- Salt to taste
- Mushrooms: Clean the mushrooms using a damp paper towel to wipe off any dirt. Do not rinse them as they will absorb water. Once they're clean, slice them thinly.
- Onion: Peel off the skin of the onion and cut off the ends. Place the onion on the flat end and slice in half. Lay the onion halves flat side down, and make several vertical cuts followed by horizontal cuts to achieve a fine dice.
- Garlic: Remove the skin from the garlic cloves. Using a garlic press or a knife, mince the garlic until it's very finely chopped.
- Vegetable oil, Soy sauce, Dried thyme, Black pepper, All-purpose flour, Vegetable broth, Salt: These ingredients do not require any further preparation. However, make sure you have them measured and ready to go when you start cooking to keep the process smooth and efficient.
- Now that all your ingredients are prepared, you're ready to start cooking your Savory Mushroom Gravy.
Making the Gravy:
- Heat the Oil: Begin by heating the vegetable oil in a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat.
- Cook the Onions and Garlic: Add the finely diced onions to the skillet, cooking them until they become translucent, usually about 5 minutes. Stir in the minced garlic and continue to cook for another minute until the garlic is fragrant.
- Add the Mushrooms: Introduce the sliced mushrooms to the skillet. Cook them until they are nicely browned and all their liquid has evaporated. This process should take approximately 10 minutes.
- Season the Mixture: Stir in the soy sauce, dried thyme, and black pepper to the mushroom mixture, ensuring that all the ingredients are well mixed.
- Add the Flour: Sprinkle the all-purpose flour evenly over the mushroom mixture. Stir it in until it's fully incorporated and all the mushrooms are coated. Cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the Broth: Slowly pour the vegetable broth into the skillet, stirring continuously to prevent any lumps from forming.
- Simmer: Bring the gravy to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, allowing it to simmer. As it simmers, the gravy will start to thicken. This should take around 10-15 minutes.
- Adjust Seasonings: Taste the gravy and add more salt if necessary. If you prefer a thinner gravy, you can add a little more broth.
- Serve: Once the gravy has reached your desired thickness, remove it from the heat. Your Savory Mushroom Gravy is now ready to be served and enjoyed!
Serving the Savory Mushroom Gravy
- Serve Warm: The gravy should be served warm to bring out all the flavors. If it has cooled down or you have leftovers, reheat it over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
- Serving Suggestions: This gravy is incredibly versatile and can be served over a variety of dishes. Some suggestions include:
- Mashed Potatoes: Pour the gravy over fluffy mashed potatoes for a comforting and filling side dish.
- Meat Substitute: If you’re vegetarian or vegan, this gravy can provide a meaty flavor to your meals. Try it over tofu, seitan, or a veggie burger.
- Rice or Quinoa: You can add a flavorful twist to plain rice or quinoa by topping it with this gravy.
- Roasted Vegetables: Drizzle the gravy over roasted vegetables to add a savory element to your meal.
- Garnish: You can also garnish the gravy with fresh herbs like parsley or thyme for an extra touch of color and flavor before serving.