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This is easy & can be made in 20 minutes. It is delicious & even meat eaters will delight in it. I brought it to a Thanksgiving diner yesterday & the hostess tasted my gravy & chose not to bother making a turkey-based version for her carnivorous guests. Everyone ate the vegetarian gravy & all were pleased! I used butter in mine but you vegans can just sub it out with a vegan butter/margarine or even olive oil.
Easy Vegetarian (or Vegan) Gravy
1/2 cup butter (or vegan alternative or olive oil)
1/2 – 3/4 cup shallots (or onion) – minced
1/2 cup flour
6 cups vegetable stock
1 TBS soy sauce
1/2 tsp Marmite
1 tsp black pepper
Heat the stock in a pan.
Melt the butter (or vegan alternative) in another large stock pot. Add the chopped shallots & cook a few minutes letting the butter heat just to the point of boiling. Add the flour & whisk it in until it is smooth. Lower heat to med-high & brown the roux just a bit – whisking constantly.
It should get very thick very quickly. Add the soy sauce & Marmite & black pepper. Whisk them in & then slowly add the stock in small increments. Here is where you can control how thin or thick the gravy gets. Let it thicken before adding the next portion of stock. When all the stock is incorporated – you can cook it down to thicken it more. If it gets too thick – add a bit of water. And there you have it! Enjoy!