Garlic lovers unite! Roasting a whole head of garlic gives this sauce a gourmet (yet surprisingly mellow) flavor. Serve over Chickpea-Veggie Loaf and/or baked potatoes. From the vegan restaurant "It's Only Natural" in Middleton, CT.
In a small oven-safe dish, place the garlic and pour on about 1 cm. of water. Put it in the oven or a toaster oven at 350 until the outside is brown and the innermost cloves are soft,25-30 minute Check after 20 minutes to see if you need to add a little more water- it dries up easily!
Allow the roasted garlic to cool. Ten slice off the top and squeeze the soft cloves from the skin into a small bowl. Mash the garlic with a fork and set aside.
Toast the flour in a medium-sized pot, over medium heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant but NOT browned. Vigorously stir in the oil, then the garlic, with a wire whisk and cook for a couple of minutes on low heat, stirring often.
Stir or whisk in the liquid, soy sauce and herbs, stirring till fairly smooth (There'll probably still be chunks of garlic!) Simmer the gravy for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve hot.