Vegetarian Gravy

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Want to know something else cool? You can make this gravy today and freeze it for the big day! Anything to make Thanksgiving easier.

This 100% vegetarian onion gravy recipe – with a vegan option – is exactly what you’ve been missing on Thanksgiving. It’s so easy to whip up a batch of this stuff.

Just keep those saucy carnivorous mitts away from your gravy boat – meat-eaters may prefer it over their own non-veggie-friendly gravy.

I can’t be the only vegetarian who’s suffered the lonely and tasteless holiday dinner fate of having to eat mashed potatoes with only a bit of salt and pepper and a sorry pat of butter. While everyone around you gleefully shoves down forkfuls of gravy-heavy potatoes… it’s horrible! Just horrible!

Okay, you know I’m exaggerating. But it does kind of suck a little. Gravy’s yummy, but I just can’t bring myself to eat it because of the whole meat thing.

That is… until now.

It all started on Thanksgiving when my guy’s awesome mom whipped me up a portion of my very own vegetarian white gravy for my potatoes. Yum!

And while we were stirring the meaty gravy meant for everyone else and talking about the whole affair, I came to the realization – why not do the roux thing and then add vegetable broth?

I know, total duh moment. I decided to do it one better and make it a vegetarian onion gravy. (Note: I’ve since added soy sauce [or Tamari] to the mix for some additional umami oomph.)

How to Make Vegetarian Gravy

  1. First, cook the onions
  2. Then make the roux right with the onions
  3. Then, drizzle in your veggie broth, stir, and cook until thickened, and add in additional flavorings (I keep it simple and just add soy sauce here). Done!

(Keep scrolling for the full recipe!)

This stuff is truly really really good. And way easier than I ever thought it would be. So of course, I have to share.

Psst: My carnivorous guy approves of this also – apparently it’s great on, well…  meat.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this gluten-free?

I have not tried it myself, but I had one reader report that she used all-purpose gluten-free flour as a one-for-one substitute and it was successful.

If I want to make this vegan, do I have to use Earth Balance or can I use another vegan butter?

I’ve used Melt with success and also a 50/50 olive oil/vegan butter split. Both are great! I do not recommend only olive oil, however, the flavor just isn’t the greatest

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