Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! This gravy is exactly what you've been missing on Thanksgiving. It's so easy to whip up a batch. Just keep those saucy carnivorous mitts away from the gravy boat - meat eaters may prefer it over their own.
5tablespoonsbuttercan sub Earth Balance [see Vegan Option]
1/2cupfinely diced yellow onion
2cupslow-sodium vegetable broth
1tablespoonTamari or soy sauceoptional
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
Add the onion and a pinch of salt. Sweat the onions, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8-10 minutes. If they start to turn brown, turn down the heat - you're looking for translucent and tender, not golden.
Increase heat to medium. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring frequently, for three minutes.
Gradually stir in the vegetable broth and continue stirring, over medium heat, until thickened to a gravy consistency, about 3 - 4 minutes.
Stir in 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.11/13/2019: I've simplified the recipe by changing the instructions a bit. Before, I suggested sautéing the onion then removing them and setting them aside. The removal was to help keep the onions from getting too brown once they were cooked with the flour. I've since learned that simply sweating the onions and not letting them brown while cooking them means they don't overcook during the remainder of the process - so no need for removing them. Much simpler!