October 5th, 2010

Savory Mushroom Gravy

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Serves 8

This gravy begs to be poured over mashed potatoes and biscuits and really anywhere that gravy would be appropriate. A lot of the flavor of the gravy depends on the flavor of the broth. If you ain’t got time to make your own, I like to use “chicken” flavored broths, either in concentrate or powder form. Better Than Bullion or Frontier both make flavorful broths. The nutritional yeast is optional here, but it does make the gravy a little more creamier, plus adds an extra depth of savory flavor.

4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
2 Tablespoons olive oil
16 oz cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced and chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoons salt
Several dashes fresh black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine (chardonnay is great)
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

In a small bowl, mix the flour with about 2 cups of vegetable broth until well dissolved. Once dissolved, add the remaining broth and mix. Set aside.

Preheat a 2 quart pot over medium heat. Saute the onion in oil for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add mushrooms, garlic, thyme, sage, salt and pepper and saute for about 5 more minutes.

Add wine and turn heat up to bring to a boil. Let wine reduce for about 3 minutes. Add the broth/flour mix and the nutritional yeast, if using. Lower heat to medium and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring often.

Taste for salt and pepper and serve.

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