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    Default Its all about the gravy baby...

    Hi Folks. I haven't been on here in aaaages and am on the scrounge for a good gravy recipe in time for Crimbo! Anyone know of any good'uns?

    I have tried to have a look through the threads but there either isn't one on here or I can't see the forrest for trees! Im nearing the end of my very long day so please excuse my eejit-ness if it's in plain view!

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    Enchantress made me a gorgeous gravy a few days back, I think this is the recipe;

    • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
    • 2 Medium Onions, chopped
    • 4 tsp Tomato puree
    • 4 Tbsp gravy granules
    • 1˝ pints of vegetable stock (we used 3 oxo cubes for that bit)
    • salt & pepper to taste


    Heat the oil and cook the onion until golden brown, add the tomato puree and gravy granules then mix in the stock, stirring continuously, bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
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    i like the onion based ones but if I cant be bothered with the onions i just use vegan marigold bullion for flavour and bisto powder to thicken. If I can be bothered i also add a splash of soy sauce and a dab of marmite for a deeper flavour.
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    I usually just fry some chopped onions in olive oil until translucent, add sliced mushrooms and thyme and fry a bit longer, then add some combination of wine, stock, water and soy sauce and simmer for a few mins. You can either strain it for clear gravy or pulverise the softened veg a bit with a food processor.

    For historical reasons I prefer thin continental-type gravy so don't add flour, but you could mix a tbsp in to the veg before putting in the liquid as when making white sauce.

    If you would like an actual recipe this is fairly similar to what I do

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/da...av_73080.shtml

    apart from not using flour.

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    Default Re: Its all about the gravy baby...

    I initially read the title of this thread as "Its all about the baby gravy," which seemed slightly shocking, and even moreso when I saw that it is in the "Vegan Recipes" section.

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    Quote Stu View Post
    I initially read the title of this thread as "Its all about the baby gravy," which seemed slightly shocking, and even moreso when I saw that it is in the "Vegan Recipes" section.

    Sounds delicious! Perhaps Redwood or someone could consider making Cheatin' Baby.

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    ^ I think you've underestimated the filth that's in Stu's brain... Or maybe I've overestimated it... Either way I'm a bad person.
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    I'm probably too young to understand

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    don't forget the mashed up chickpeas and natex..ahaha..blitz it up good after.
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    Quote harpy View Post
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    Quote emmapresley View Post
    don't forget the mashed up chickpeas and natex..ahaha..blitz it up good after.

    I wanted to make this but I don't have any natex - I don't even know where to get it here.

    Anyhow........I used miso and some nutritional yeast instead and I think it turned out really good.
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    what the hell is natex?

    red wine, flour, vegetable stock and onions+ spices to taste
    hmmmmmmmm
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    My favourite gravy recipe is:
    • Sainsbury's Vegetarian Gravy Granules
    • Boiling water

    A close second is:
    • Redwood's gravy powder what comes in the Celebration Roast pack
    • Boiling water


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    lazy robb

    though cheap-o 8p granules and boiling water is good on chips
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    I think you mean "time-efficient Robb."

    I used to dick about with sunflower oil and corn flour and Marmite. But no more....

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    Default Re: Its all about the gravy baby...

    I guess.

    Does anyone else have a mug of gravy as a hot beverage?
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    Default Re: Its all about the gravy baby...

    ah so a marmite type stuff then
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    Default Re: Its all about the gravy baby...

    It's much better than marmite though, I can't stand marmite but I love natex.
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    I will give it a try
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    Risker is right.......It's much better than marmite.
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    well once I've shelled out for it and tried it I will pass judgement accordingly
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    Default Re: Its all about the gravy baby...

    i luuuuurve the chickpea gravy from VWAV, though i'm often too lazy to make it. i often just fry some onions, with a dash of marmite-esqueness and some red wine, then make a roux and add the onion-yeast extract-wine mix to it slowly

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    Fry onions and garlic in olive oil. Add sliced mushrooms. Make up stock with a Kallo vegetable cube, a big spoonful of miso paste and a squeeze of tomato puree, and tip it in along with a big slurp of red wine.

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    Quote robb View Post
    My favourite gravy recipe is:
    • Sainsbury's Vegetarian Gravy Granules
    • Boiling water

    A close second is:
    • Redwood's gravy powder what comes in the Celebration Roast pack
    • Boiling water


    That sounds like me. I use packet gravy mixed with boiling water, or the prepared gravy that Tofurkey make.

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    Default Re: Its all about the gravy baby...

    I need a vegan gravy recipe without onions because I'm allergic to them. Poutine has always been a weakness of mine (I am Canadian) and its one of the few things I'm struggling with as vegan. Pizza is the other. I'll be searching the net for some gravy recipes but if anybody has any good ones to share (no onions) I would be grateful!

    Lucky me, today I actually found a place that sells the gourmet Follow Your heart mozzarella vegan cheese (for some reason its labeled Earth Island and not Follow Your Heart in Canada.)

    Gonna try this cheese in some lasagna tonight maybe. :3
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    Allergic to onions? You poor thing. Can you eat leeks? They make quite a good onion substitute.

    Miso paste makes great gravy. Just add boiling water. You can experiment with adding different things to it, like wine, mushrooms, vegetable stock, tomato puree, garlic, etc, but it's not bad just on it's own.

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    i usually always add some red wine to the gravy, which i prefer to prepare from redwood´s gravy powder. additionally probably some herbs like rosemary for example...
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    Default Re: Its all about the gravy baby...

    How realistic do you like your gravy? Fool-an-omni gravy?
    When such is the case then I thicken with roux made from oil left over from deep-frying.

    Also, we happen to like a tiny amount of caraway seed in the seasoning in place of celery that seems to be ubiquitous in veggie stock. Then for the salty/savory bit tamari is my favorite followed by Marmite, Bragg's, Maggi or any of the usual suspects. Oh, I found a dry mushroom soup mix that was very tasty.

    Rule of thumb: 1/3 cup each of flour and oil makes enough roux to thicken 4 c gravy.
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    My current favourite gravy is this:
    Cornflour, parsley, marjoram, sage, dill, mixture of natex and vecon. Mix to smooth paste using cold water, make up with boiling water, transfer to pan and bring to boil.

    If you're allergic to onions then substitute a saltier yeast extract for natex and vecon. Or use all natex and add salt.
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    Quote emmapresley View Post
    don't forget the mashed up chickpeas and natex..ahaha..blitz it up good after.
    I have to make gravy tomorrow so was looking for the recipe emmapresley posted in another thread some months back. I eventually found it in the Random Stupid Announcements thread so I thought it might be useful to have it in this thread too.

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    chop up one red onion..sautee it up some.

    meanwhile open one tin of chickpeas..drain..store half and use the other half in a mashed up way to add to the 5 minute sauteed red onion..

    before you put it in the pan get one teaspoon of the best invention in the world ever -natex!!
    mash . . . the natex into the chickpeas..then put it into thepan..use a wok type frying pan

    bullet points are hard to do.

    stir over a lowish heat til it's all quite gloopy then add either boiled kettle water..or better ladle out the water from whatever veg you're cooking..something like that.

    cook it some more till it's ready..then glop it all into a jug and blitz it up..it'll go a nicer creamier colour and be a fabulous consistency. omg it's ace. prepare to want to drink it out of a mug!

    ..it's really not hassle
    takes under 10 mins..cooking alongside all your other stuffs.

    and..AND..you totally can't tell there's chickpeas in it cos it gets whizzed up innit
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    Well I tried mixing some gravy up for biscuits and gravy. It turned out edible but plain and blah.

    I took some liquid veggie stock and mixed in some flour, and then I added salt and pepper. It looked and felt like gravy, but it tasted like nothing. Until I added the pepper at which time it tasted like pepper. What've I done wrong?! I have to use stuff that's already around the house and I hate mushrooms. Maybe I should've added soy sauce.
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    Default Re: Its all about the gravy baby...

    The stock should be the main flavour so I'd say that's the problem.

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    Default Re: Its all about the gravy baby...

    Well where did you get the stock from? did you make it yourself? I've made it once but with the time, effort and cost involved It's just not worth it so I use cubes/granules. You could try adding some MSG if you can get it, most commercial stocks here use it. Soya sauce would add the same umami flavour but it also has it's own distinct flavour so I wouldn't use it.

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    Add some yeast extract? I used to make gravy by frying some flour, then adding boiling water (or stock) with yeast extract dissolved in it.

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    Did it have salt in it at least? Gravy is very salty.

    But as said below, it's also probably missing the umami flavour from msg. Yeast extract or soy sauce will add that and salt.
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    Im with robb. I have never made proper gravy because i am lazy. Stick the kettle on, 4 spoons of gravy granules in a jug and stir, lovely....

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    It's quite easy to make onion gravy yourself!
    I'll send you the recipe if you like!
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    I just had this:

    www.gravy.com

    To it you add water, flour, and "pan drippings". For "pan drippings" I used Earth Balance margarine with a little added salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a dash of "Spike" all purpose seasoning. On a scale of 1-10 I'd give it a 7. The added seasoning you apply to tweak it might bump that up to an 8 or 9 but this was my first attempt.

    I like that it is very concentrated so a bottle should last a long time.

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    My madre's onion gravy is the shiz. I think she laces it with something...it's highly addictive and makes you speak like a Spanish gangster apparently...
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    Thank you m'dear! xxxxxxxxx
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    Quote sandra View Post
    It's quite easy to make onion gravy yourself!
    I'll send you the recipe if you like!
    aww thank you. Still cant be bothered thought Actually i will have one please and use it at Christmas.

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    Quote Sarah_ View Post
    Well I tried mixing some gravy up for biscuits and gravy. It turned out edible but plain and blah.

    I took some liquid veggie stock and mixed in some flour, and then I added salt and pepper. It looked and felt like gravy, but it tasted like nothing. Until I added the pepper at which time it tasted like pepper. What've I done wrong?! I have to use stuff that's already around the house and I hate mushrooms. Maybe I should've added soy sauce.
    sorry, biscuits and gravy?

    a good method for gravy I use (no exact measures I just pour and see)
    yeast extract
    soy sauce
    sweet corn
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    lot' of onion (I mean lots)
    a little beer or wine
    a touch of chilli powder
    paprika
    black pepper
    parsley
    garlic
    thyme
    sage
    wholemeal flour or corn flour to thicken
    blitz the lot (without the flour) with a blender and simmer for about ten mins
    then slowly add the flower until you have your desired consistency
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    Quote bradders View Post
    sorry, biscuits and gravy?
    I think that's what the merkins call dumpings (or something similar)...

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    ok, how bizarre, makes more sense though
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    Quote puffin View Post
    aww thank you. Still cant be bothered thought Actually i will have one please and use it at Christmas.

    One's on it's way Puffin! xx

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    I think that's what the merkins call dumpings (or something similar)...
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    Quote robb View Post
    I think that's what the merkins call dumpings (or something similar)...
    Euw! So she was cooking with her own dumpings? Sorry, but that is just sick.

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    Doh! Dumplings!

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    This is what Americans call biscuits, they are all dough and have no filling:



    A merkin is a pubic wig originally worn by prostitutes but now more commonly by movie actors wishing to avoid full frontal nudity in movies so as to not be deemed pornography by the MPAA, which rates movies for their suitability for children, etc.

    Would someone from the other side of the pond please kindly post a photograph of a "dumpling" if it is not what I have depicted in the image above. Thanks.

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