What would a holiday meal be without a little gravy? Whether you pour it over a mound of humble mashed potatoes or use it to make the ultimate Vegan Gluten-free Thanksgiving Leftovers Pizza, our Mushroom Gravy is a plant-based, non-dairy, gluten-free palate-pleaser you can serve all year long.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, saute onions in olive oil until soft and translucent. Add garlic, keeping it moving in the pot, so the garlic doesn’t stick or burn, for about 3 minutes.
Sprinkle cornstarch over onions and garlic, and stir until cornstarch covers everything, like a gluten-free roux. Cook for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add mushrooms, rosemary, thyme, and 2 1/2 cups of veggie broth. Mix until well combined, and cook for another 2 – 4 minutes, or until mushrooms have softened a little.
If you have a handheld immersion blender, blend gravy in the pot until smooth. If using a regular blender, carefully pour the mushroom and broth mixture into the blender jar, and blend using the safety tips in the sidebar, and carefully return blended gravy to the pot for finishing.
Cook for 3 – 5 more minutes, adding non-dairy milk, salt and pepper to taste. If your gravy is too thick, thin with more veggie broth, adding in increments rather than all at once. If your gravy is too thin, mix another teaspoon of cornstarch with two teaspoons of cold broth or water (whisk or shake in a small jar with a lid until there are no lumps), then pour into the gravy. Stir and continue cooking for another 2 – 3 minutes to allow cornstarch to further thicken the gravy. If needed, repeat until your gravy is the thickness you prefer.
Blending soups and other hot liquids like this gravy can be messy—and dangerous if you’re not careful. Here’s how you can blend without burning yourself:
- If your pot is too heavy to easily lift it to the height of your blender to pour safely, use a ladle to transfer your liquid from the pot to the blender jar.
- Fill your blender jar no more than halfway (blend in batches if you have to).
- Allow your soup or gravy mixture to cool a few minutes before blending.
- Remove the centre cap from your blender lid and cover the hole with a clean dishcloth while blending. (Removing the centre cap helps avoid pressurized steam buildup that can cause nasty burns and explosively messy splatters when blending or taking the lid off).
- Take extra care as you pour your blended gravy or soup back into the pot for finishing. (If blending in batches (per #2), transfer each batch of blended liquid to a second pot).