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Make-Ahead Stovetop Gravy Recipe

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Gravy recipe in a bowl

Prep

10 minutes

Cook

25 minutes

Yield

4 -6

Make this easy stovetop gravy recipe ahead of your holiday feast. No drippings required and vegetarian friendly.

The holiday season is fast approaching and you know that you have to have a big gravy boat of delicious gravy to pour over your favorite holiday side dishes. This gravy recipe requires no drippings and is incredibly easy to pull together as you prepare your holiday feast.

Gravy recipe in a bowl

Ingredient Notes:

Fresh Herbs: For this recipe to really have that flavor you want in gravy I used fresh herbs. I highly recommend using fresh vs. dried but you can easily swap for dried if you have to. Just remember that measurements will be different. The general rule of thumb is to use 1/3 of dried.

Drippings: Most gravings require you to take the drippings from the turkey or meat you’re making which does add a lot of flavor but isn’t always the most convenient, especially if you’re vegetarian. This gravy recipe still is delicious but requires no drippings to make.

How to make stovetop gravy:

  1. Heat a medium-sized pot on medium heat.  To the pot add the butter. Cook for 30 seconds before adding your onion.  Turn to medium-low heat and cook for 5-10 minutes until softened.  Add the garlic and continue cooking about 5 more minutes. Be sure to stir often to avoid burning.
  2. Add the salt and pepper and saute 1-2 minutes to incorporate. Now add fresh thyme and rosemary and continue cooking, another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add soy sauce and apple cider, cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in vegetable paste.
  4. Sprinkle the flour into the pot and use a whisk to combine, cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly – this will be more of paste-like texture.
  5. Gradually whisk in hot water, 1 cup at a time, whisking to make sure you get a smooth consistency. Then bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to keep a simmer for 4-5 minutes until thickened.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if desired. If the gravy is too thick, whisk in ½-1 cup more water and simmer a bit longer to your desired consistency and flavour.

Expert Tips & FAQ:

Storage: You can store the gravy, covered, in the refrigerator for 2 days. Heat it slowly over medium-low heat before serving and add a bit of water to loosen it up if needed.

Smoother Gravy: If you prefer a smoother gravy, once the gravy is cooked and seasoned to your liking, let it cool a bit and then process with a hand blender or in a regular blender. Then add back to the pot and keep warm until serving.

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Gravy recipe in a bowl

Make-Ahead Stovetop Gravy Recipe

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Make this easy stovetop gravy recipe ahead of your holiday feast. No drippings required and vegetarian friendly.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American-Inspired
Servings 4 -6
Calories 136 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 tsp minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 2 tbsp apple cider
  • 1 tbsp vegetable stock paste
  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Heat a medium-sized pot on medium heat.  To the pot add the butter. Cook for 30 seconds before adding your onion.  Turn to medium-low heat and cook for 5-10 minutes until softened.  Add the garlic and continue cooking about 5 more minutes. Be sure to stir often to avoid burning.
  • Add the salt and pepper and saute 1-2 minutes to incorporate. Now add fresh thyme and rosemary and continue cooking, another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add soy sauce and apple cider, cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Whisk in vegetable paste.
  • Sprinkle the flour into the pot and use a whisk to combine, cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly – this will be more of paste-like texture.
  • Gradually whisk in hot water, 1 cup at a time, whisking to make sure you get a smooth consistency. Then bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to keep a simmer for 4-5 minutes until thickened.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning with more salt and pepper if desired. If the gravy is too thick, whisk in ½-1 cup more water and simmer a bit longer to your desired consistency and flavour.

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Notes

You can store the gravy, covered, in the refrigerator for 2 days. Heat it slowly over medium-low heat before serving and add a bit of water to loosen it up if needed.
If you prefer a smoother gravy, once the gravy is cooked and seasoned to your liking, let it cool a bit and then process with a hand blender or in a regular blender. Then add back to the pot and keep warm until serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.5g | Protein: 1.1g | Fat: 11.7g | Saturated Fat: 7.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3.3g | Cholesterol: 30.5mg | Sodium: 474.5mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 2g
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