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Vegan Brown Gravy

Vegan Brown Gravy 2.250
Nov 17, 2010

Make Ahead: The gravy can be prepared, cooled and refrigerated in an airtight container up to 3 days in advance. As soon as it is cool, place plastic wrap directly on the surface to keep a skin from forming.


Servings: 2.25 cups
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) margarine or butter substitute
  • 2 medium onion, cut into small dice
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt (may substitute 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic mixed with 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt)
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce or tamari, or more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper

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Directions

Melt the margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for a few minutes, stirring to coat evenly, then stir in the flour and garlic salt. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep the onions from sticking. They should be slightly softened.

Place the broth in a large liquid measuring cup and stir in the cornstarch until it has dissolved.

Gradually add the cornstarch mixture to the onions. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring just to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, to form a thickened gravy.

Place a fine-mesh strainer over a medium saucepan. Strain the gravy into the saucepan, using a flexible spatula to push through as much as possible; discard the solids. Add the soy sauce or tamari and the pepper to taste. Cook for a minute or two, stirring, then remove from the heat. Taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Serve warm or cool, then refrigerate. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the cooled surface to keep a skin from forming.


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Adapted from "The Compassionate Cook," by Ingrid Newkirk (Grand Central, 1993).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per 2-tablespoon serving: 40


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 3g 5%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 290mg 12%

Total Carbohydrates: 4g 1%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 0g

Protein: 0g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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