The holidays are a time for friends, family, and feasting. What better way to celebrate this season with loved ones than by serving them delicious vegan mushroom gravy?
This recipe is easy to make, rich in flavor, and perfect for any holiday table or fall banquet that you may be hosting. You can even use it as an alternative stuffing for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
This vegan mushroom gravy recipe is great if you are looking for a gluten-free option as it uses cornstarch as the thickening agent instead of flour as traditional gravy does.
Mushroom gravy ingredients
So What is mushroom gravy made of? You need very simple ingredients, to make a naturally vegetarian gravy.
- Mushrooms (dried shiitake or porcini mushrooms)
- Vegetable broth
- Fresh sage (fresh thyme also works)
- Fresh rosemary (or sub dried)
Olive oil, red or white wine, almond milk, and salt and pepper to taste.
What you need for mushroom gravy?
To make mushroom gravy, you need a large saucepan, a food processor or blender, and a wooden spoon.
Steps for making mushroom gravy
Simmer the vegetable stock along with the dried mushrooms .
Finely chop onion and garlic add into a large skillet, sautée with olive oil, or water if you prefer not to use oil. Add the freshly chopped sage and rosemary.
Add the cornstarch and coat all the ingredients, then add the mushrooms and stock, stirring constantly while keeping medium-high heat. Turn off and let the mixture cool down.
Transfer to a blender and process the mixture until it is creamy.
Place back in the saucepan and reheat if needed (it's best to warm). Stir and adjust the flavors. Season with sea salt and pepper to taste.
Below are the tips to adjust it in case you want to make it thicker or thinner.
Enjoy this rich and savory vegan mushroom gravy recipe, served hot spooned over vegan meatloaf, mashed potatoes, or holiday nut roast. I promise it will be absolutely delicious, and even meat-eaters will devour it.
This is the best mushroom gravy because it holds up a lot of umami flavor needed for a good gravy recipe. Umami tends to be more prominent in non-vegan foods.
How do you thicken mushroom soup gravy?
If your mushroom gravy is too thin, you can scoop out a small portion of the gravy and whisk in a few teaspoons (1-2) more of cornstarch (or add flour, if you don't need to keep it gluten-free) until no clumps remain.
Then add it back to the larger batch in the saucepan, stirring occasionally for a couple of minutes on medium-low heat – repeat as needed until the desired thickness is reached.
If the gravy is too thick or heavy, thin with a little of your reserved vegetable mushroom broth, almond milk (to make it lighter), or water. Add your choice of hot liquid and stir until it's hot and boils.
Pro Tip: gravy thicken always when it starts cooling down, even with the time it takes for it to move from the fire to the gravy bowl. Also, the gravy thickens while in the refrigerator and is then reheated.
When reheating it will be very thick and probably require more thinning. Yeah, Gravy. And so is. Have it in the refrigerator it will be thick. It'll require thinning.
How can I thicken gravy without flour? How do you thicken mushroom sauce?
As explained before you can simply use starch such as cornstarch, tapioca starch, or arrowroot. This way you can keep your gravy gluten-free.
Alternatively, if you want to add more flavor, you can use more soaked mushroom and cooked onions, blend and add it to the saucepan and keep stirring.
A note on gravy color
It is determined by the color of the stock / veggie broth you use. Brown bread = lovely brown stew. Adding red wine can also play a role.
Darker color and complexity. You can use leftover red wine, just after you finish sautéing the onion and garlic, to make a brown mushroom gravy.
What to serve with mushroom gravy
This gravy is the best topping in a vegan schnitzel, tofu steaks, vegan meatloaf, veggie roasts, and goes very well on a Christmas dinner table, along along with maple-baked tofu marinade, maple-glazed carrots, and Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
This vegan gravy is great to add flavor and creaminess to dishes that just need that extra flavor punch.
What type of mushrooms should I use in mushroom gravy?
You can use all types of mushrooms, you should decide if you want to make a mushroom gravy recipe that has a strong or mild flavor, and decide if you are looking into Italian or Asian flavors.
If you are looking for Italian flavors, I suggest using either dried porcini mushrooms for strong flavors or fresh Portobello mushrooms for milder flavors.
Instead, if you are looking for a touch of Asian (like we did here), you should use dried shiitake mushrooms for a strong flavor. If you want still want Asian-inspired flavors but if you prefer the gravy to be lighter in flavor, go for fresh white cremini mushroom, and add some miso paste or powder while simmering the veggie stock.
You can also use leftover mushrooms, to make sure they are not put in the trash. Learn how to make the best of your leftovers!
Tip: if you will make the mushrooms gravy with fresh mushrooms, sauté them with garlic and onions, instead of adding them to the vegetable broth, as they need no hydration.
Learn why eating shiitake mushrooms are good for you!
Possible recipe variations
This creamy gravy recipe is very versatile, so feel free to adjust ingredients amounts and customize everything your mind desires.
You can also use fresh mushrooms to make this easy mushroom gravy. We suggest using button mushrooms, brown cremini mushrooms, or portobello mushrooms, as they have a more intense flavor and color, thus are able to provide a richer flavor.
You can use white wine or red wine during the cooking process, as soon as you finish sautéing the onion and garlic, this will provide a richer and more complex flavor to the mushroom gravy recipe.
Use red wine to make a darker gravy and white wine for a light-colored one.
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Can I freeze mushroom gravy? Leftover gravy can be thawed overnight and then re-heated.
You will need to place the thawed gravy in a saucepan on low to medium heat, stir and add any liquid such as water, vegetable stock, or almond milk, to bring it back to life!
Feel free to adjust the seasonings. Add garlic powder to add flavor.
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Recipe: How to Make a Mushroom Gravy: Easy Vegan and Perfect for Holiday Tables
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive or avocado oil for sautéing (if avoiding oil, sub water)
FOR SERVING (optional)
- Rehydrate dried mushrooms in vegetable broth in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Turn off heat, cover, and let rest.
- Sauté. In the meantime, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil (or water) and chopped onion and sauté for 5 minutes. Then add the minced garlic and sauté 2 minutes, don’t forget to stir frequently, so the garlic doesn’t burn.
- Add cornstarch (or flour) and stir, cook for 1-2 minutes, and add the chopped sage and rosemary. Next add the mushrooms with their broth (it is always good to reserve some of the broth to be able to play with the thickness), stir and cook for 3 minutes.
- Transfer the gravy to an immersion blender (or blender) and blend until the mushroom gravy looks smooth.
- To serve transfer back to your pan and warm over low heat for 2-3 minutes more.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
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