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Easy Vegetarian or Vegan Mushroom Gravy Recipe

Are you looking for an easy and flavorful vegan or vegetarian gravy recipe? Then you’ve come to the right place. This vegetarian mushroom gravy is delicious, rich, and creamy! It is also easy to customize and make it thick, smooth, chunky, or vegan. Whatever you desire - It's all gravy, baby!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Holiday Dish, Sauce, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mushroom gravy, Vegan gravy, Vegetarian gravy
Servings: 3 cups

Equipment

  • Medium saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound brown Cremini or mini Portobello mushrooms (one common 8-ounce package), finely diced
  • 1.5 cups  vegetable broth (low sodium)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, butter, or butter alternative
  • 3 ounces shallots (substitute with 1 small yellow or white onion), diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 Tbsp white all-purpose flour (*see gluten-free alternatives in the notes below)
  • 1 Tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 splash red wine, to de-glaze the pan (optional - about 1 ounce)
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (optional – but highly suggested if you are not going to use crème fraîche!)

Instructions

  • Heat your cooking fat (olive oil, butter, or butter alternative) in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  • Add diced shallots and minced garlic. Saute until tender and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  • Add a half-pound of washed and finely-chopped mushrooms. If you don’t intend to blend your gravy at the end, cut them nice and small! Sprinkle over salt and pepper to taste, and stir.
  • Simmer the mushrooms, onions, and garlic on medium-high until they’re soft and reduce to about one-third of the original volume, about 10 minutes.
  • Add 1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce and optional 1 tbsp of nutritional yeast to the mushroom mixture.
  • Evenly sprinkle over 2 tablespoons of all-purpose white flour to create a roux. Mix thoroughly to evenly coat all of the mushrooms. This should make everything quite thick and stick together like a paste. Continue to cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. 
  • Optional: Add a splash of red wine (about an ounce or so) to de-glaze the pan and add a beautiful pop of flavor!
  • Pour in the called-for vegetable broth, adding a little at a time and mixing as you go. Bring gravy to a simmer and then allow it to reduce for 20 to 30 minutes, or until your desired consistency is reached. This is a good time to taste your almost-ready vegetarian gravy, and add more salt and pepper if needed. 
  • Optional: Add 1/3 cup crème fraîche.
  • Optional: Blend gravy to create a smoother, thicker consistency before serving.
  • Serve warm over your favorite gravy companion dishes.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator and use within one week, or freeze to enjoy for several months to come.

Notes

*To make a gluten-free gravy, substitute the wheat flour with either an equal amount of 1:1 gluten free flour or rice flour, OR half of the called-for flour (just 1 Tbsp) of cornstarch or arrowroot powder.