Easy Vegetarian Onion Gravy
Vegetarians, rejoice! This 100% vegetarian onion gravy recipe – with a vegan option – is exactly what you’ve been missing on Thanksgiving. It’s so easy to whip up a batch of this stuff. Just keep those saucy carnivorous mitts away from your gravy boat – meat eaters may prefer it over their own non-veggie-friendly gravy.
I can’t be the only vegetarian who’s suffered the lonely and tasteless holiday dinner fate of having to eat mashed potatoes with only a bit of salt and pepper and a sorry pat of butter. While everyone around you gleefully shoves down forkfuls of gravy-heavy potatoes… it’s horrible! Just horrible!
Okay, you know I’m exaggerating. But it does kind of suck a little. Gravy’s yummy, but I just can’t bring myself to eat it because of the whole meat thing.
That is… until now.
It all started on Thanksgiving when my guy’s awesome mom whipped me up a portion of my very own vegetarian white gravy for my potatoes. Yum!
And while we were stirring the meaty gravy meant for everyone else and talking about the whole affair, I came to the realization – why not do the roux thing and then add vegetable broth?
I know, total duh moment. I decided to do it one better and make it a vegetarian onion gravy.
This stuff is truly really really good. And way easier than I ever thought it would be. So of course, I have to share. (Psst: My carnivorous guy approves of this also – apparently it’s great on, well… meat.)
Here’s a brand new video that shows just how easy this vegetarian onion gravy recipe is to whip up!
Easy Vegetarian Onion Gravy
Vegetarians, rejoice! This vegetarian onion gravy is exactly what you’ve been missing on Thanksgiving. It’s so easy to whip up a batch of this stuff. Just keep those saucy carnivorous mitts away from the gravy boat – meat eaters may prefer it over their own non-veggie-friendly gravy.
- 1 tablespoon plus 4 tablespoons butter, divided (can sub Earth Balance [see Vegan Option])
- 1/2 cup finely diced onion
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 tablespoon Tamari or soy sauce (optional)
- Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt one tablespoon of butter.
- Add the onion and saute for 10 – 15 minutes until soft and light brown.
- Remove the onion from the pan and place in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Add the remaining four tablespoons of butter to the saucepan and melt over medium-low heat.
- Stir in the flour and cook, stirring frequently, for three minutes.
- Gradually stir in the vegetable broth and continue stirring, over medium-low heat, until thickened to a gravy consistency, about 3 – 4 minutes.
- Add back the cooked onions. Add Tamari or soy sauce if using. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.
Substitute Earth Balance for the butter. I also like to use half olive oil and half Earth Balance.
11/17/2015: I’ve recently started adding a splash of Tamari to the mix, and I really like the additional flavor (and color) it adds! So I thought I’d revise the recipe to include that option.
Yield: 4-5 servings, Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe (about 1/4 cup)
- Amount Per Serving:
- Calories: 65 Calories
- Total Fat: 6g
- Saturated Fat: 4g
- Cholesterol: 15mg
- Sodium: 285mg
- Carbohydrates: 3g
- Sugar: 1g