Let’s just agree, you and me, that we save the word “obsess” for the truly important parts of life. Really killer heels, for instance. The kind with strappy straps that make your calves look like the stuff of supermodels. Obsessed.
Or, say, those weekend evenings when you’re surrounded by friends and sucking down good, local beers. Obsessed.
Or puppy channels. Or cat photos. Or online shopping at midnight. Obsessed.
But gravy? I mean. Level with me here. Is gravy even something anyone gets obsessed about? I dunno. It’s brown. It’s gravy. It’s not that obsessy.
Except it IS! When you go and make a pot full of VEGETARIAN gravy that tastes like, oh, browned butter and savory happiness and basically the best gravy of your life, we’re allowed to obsess.
Come with me on a little kitchen journey. It’s time to get our gravy obsessment on.
I think I may be making up verbs.
Steppio Uno: Chop things. In this case, we’re gonna go all chef’s knife on mushrooms, a shallot and fresh thyme and sage. Then, scoop the most giant dollop of margarine into the center of a deep skillet.
Brown, brown to browny town. You want those mushrooms and that butter to just have a hot heyday in there. Stir and cook.
Then quick! Just the verysecond that you think the mushrooms are ready, whisk some cornstarch into the Progresso™ Vegetable Broth.
Pour into the skillet…
And whisk together until the gravy begins to thicken.
Now, here’s a note for all of you fellow gravy obsessors: I made this recipe assuming that if you’re eating vegetarian, you’re likely also trying to go gluten-free. BUT, if you’re a gravy purist and do not believe in the cornstarch approach, you can totally thicken your gravy with flour. Check the notes section in the recipe below for all the secrets.
And now, dear gravied ones, it is time to obsess. Make mashed potatoes. Conjure some veggie sausage and biscuits. Create a plate of whatever you please.
Then, make the gravy happen.
This is one recipe totally worth obsessing over. The ultimate way to unite the world. Or, at least, to bring together meat lovers and veggie lovers at the dinner table.
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!