Vegan mushroom gravy is a flavorful and rich sauce made with mushrooms, plant-based ingredients, and savory seasonings. It is a perfect accompaniment to many vegan dishes, adding depth and umami to meals. This delicious gravy is ideal for those following a vegan or plant-based lifestyle or anyone looking for a tasty alternative to traditional mushroom gravy.
- Use fresh mushrooms: Fresh mushrooms will provide the best flavor and texture for your gravy. Choose a variety of mushrooms, such as cremini, shiitake, or portobello, to add depth and complexity to the gravy.
- Use vegetable broth or mushroom broth: To keep the gravy fully vegan, use vegetable broth or mushroom broth instead of animal-based broth. You can also use a combination of broth and water to adjust the flavor and consistency of the gravy.
- Blend for smoothness: If you prefer a smoother gravy, you can blend it using an immersion blender or a regular blender. Be careful when blending hot liquids and allow the gravy to cool slightly before blending.
- Keep warm until serving: Once the gravy is ready, keep it warm until serving by transferring it to a heatproof container and covering with a lid or foil. You can reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving, if needed.
- Over Mashed Potatoes or Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes: Classic mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy are a match made in heaven. The creamy, smooth texture of mashed potatoes pairs perfectly with the rich and savory flavors of mushroom gravy.
- With Roasted Vegetables: Roasted vegetables like carrots, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower are elevated with a drizzle of vegan mushroom gravy. The umami flavors of the mushrooms complement the caramelized sweetness of the roasted vegetables, creating a delicious and satisfying side dish.
- As a Sauce for Veggie Burgers, Sandwiches, or Wraps: Gravy can be used as a flavorful sauce for veggie burgers, sandwiches, or wraps. It adds a burst of umami flavor and a touch of indulgence to your favorite plant-based sandwiches.
- Over Shepherd’s Pie: Mushroom gravy can also be used as a delicious and flavorful filling for vegan shepherd’s pie. It adds depth, richness, and a savory note to the dish, complementing the vegetables and plant-based protein used in the pie.
- As a Dip: Mushroom gravy can be used as a dip for appetizers like vegan meatballs, vegan nuggets, or tofu bites. It adds a delicious and savory dipping sauce that adds a burst of flavor to your favorite plant-based snacks.
- With Breakfast Dishes: Vegan mushroom gravy can be a delicious addition to breakfast dishes like biscuits and gravy, tofu scramble, or breakfast burritos. It adds a savory and rich component to these dishes, elevating them to a new level of deliciousness.
- With Pasta or Polenta: This gravy can be used as a sauce for pasta or polenta, creating a hearty and flavorful meal. It pairs well with a variety of pasta shapes, such as fettuccine, linguine, or penne, and can also be used as a topping for creamy polenta.
- With Grain Bowls: Vegan mushroom gravy can be used as a dressing or sauce for grain bowls, adding a burst of umami flavor to the dish. It complements grains like rice, quinoa, or farro, as well as a variety of roasted or sautéed vegetables, creating a hearty and flavorful bowl.
- With Vegan Holiday Meals: Mushroom gravy is a perfect addition to vegan holiday meals, such as Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. It can be used as a flavorful and rich sauce for roasted vegetables, stuffing, mashed potatoes, or other holiday side dishes, adding a touch of indulgence to the festive meal.
- Refrigerator: Allow leftover vegan mushroom gravy to cool to room temperature, then transfer it to an airtight container or a covered bowl and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
- Freezer: If you have leftover vegan mushroom gravy that you want to freeze, transfer it to a resealable freezer-safe container or freezer bag, and label with the date. Vegan mushroom gravy can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. However, note that the texture of the gravy may change slightly after freezing and thawing, so it’s best to use it within the recommended time frame for optimal taste and quality.
- To reheat: To enjoy frozen vegan mushroom gravy, you can thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat it on the stovetop over low heat, stirring frequently to prevent scorching, or in the microwave in short intervals, stirring occasionally to ensure even heating.
Vegan Mushroom Gravy
- 1 ½ cups vegetable broth
- ¼ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (such as almond or soy)
- ½ cup chopped mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons vegan butter or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut amino, tamari, or soy sauce
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a small saucepan, melt the vegan butter over medium heat.
- Add the mushrooms and sauté until they are tender.
- Add the flour and whisk until smooth.
- Slowly pour in the vegetable broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps.
- Add the non-dairy milk, nutritional yeast, onion powder, garlic powder, thyme salt, and pepper.
- Whisk until the gravy is smooth and heated through.
- Serve hot