The Never-Enough-Mushroom Vegetarian Gravy

READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
Recipe by duonyte

From the Chicago Tribune. I made turkey croquettes for dinner, but had no gravy and no pan drippings. This recipe was in the Sunday paper. It takes longer than other recipes, but the flavor is worth it. The author described how her brother created this recipe to help her feel more included at Thanksgiving dinner.

Top Review by more snax

This gets 5 stars as a great place to start! I changed a few things, and what I got is going to be hard not to eat before thanksgiving. I sauteed my mushrooms first, and I used primarily baby bellas, some shitake and wood ear. pulled those aside, then followed caramelizing in the same pot, added a LOT more garlic and a veggie bullion cube with the water and wine, and used a lot of pepper. at the end I also added 1T of cornstarch for a little more body.
this one is going in the recipe books!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in a 5 quart pot on medium heat. Add the onions and saute until caramelized, about 20-30 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom of the pot occasionally.
  2. Add garlic, if using, and saute 2 minutes, or until softened.
  3. Pour in 5 cups water, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes.
  4. Blend with an immersion blender (or in blender or food processor, in batches).
  5. Add the mushrooms, wine, salt, pepper, bay leaf and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, occasionally pushing the mushrooms into the liquid. Reduce heat and simmer 45-60 minutes, or until of desired thickness.
  6. Remove bay leaf and adjust seasoning, if necessary.
  7. Note: I added some rehydrated wild mushrooms, and used the soaking liquid as part of the water. I also added some fresh chopped thyme before serving.

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