Is it even a vegan roast dinner without PERFECT VEGAN GRAVY? This stuff will elevate your vegan roast like you wouldn’t believe.
How many times have you experienced a decent vegan roast with less-than perfect vegan gravy? As a northerner, that’s a crime and a sin I will NOT tolerate! So here’s your PERFECT vegan gravy recipe – just in time for Christmas!
It’s not the quickest of recipes, but it’ll shock you how much better than store bought gravy this tastes. If you’re my Mum, you’ll want to put some peanut butter in at the last minute – I say YOU DO YOU! Feel free to customise!
What does perfect vegan gravy taste like?
There’s no getting away from it: perfect vegan gravy is made from plants. And I’m not trying to hide that! This gravy is never going to have that gross, oily, meaty flavour you get with normal gravy – and I’m glad about it.
But that doesn’t mean it lacks flavour – OHHHHH BOY has this got flavour! You’ve got a good dose of jam and wine for sweetness, marmite and and soy for umami, balsamic for acidity and a boisterous mirepoix base to get you going! It’s going to kick your roast dinner into the next stratosphere!
Do I need any specific ingredients?
Yes! Just one – but it’s a fantastic stock cupboard ingredient to have as a vegan ANYWAY, so be sure to buy in and keep for special occasions!
What the hell is a “mirepoix”?
A mirepoix is the absolute CORE of this perfect vegan gravy recipe – and many, many others! It’s been around since the 18th century and is credited to a French cook (hence the name!). In it’s simplest form, a mirepoix is a trio of aromatic vegetables which, when cooked together, give a dish a magically kick-ass flavour.
Traditionally, that trio of vegetables is onions, carrots and celery. Something about the combination of these three just hits the tongue in a truly satisfying way. Chances are, you’ve experienced mirepoix many times before but didn’t even know where all that flavour was coming from.
It just gives me so much pleasure that the basis of so many French dishes, despite being one of the least vegan friendly cuisines on the planet, start with mirepoix! Vegetables are truly, supernaturally powerful and I am tempted daily to have mirepoix tattooed across my knuckles.
What can I use this perfect vegan gravy recipe with?
Since we’re nearly at Christmas (at time of writing!) my first thought goes to MARMITE HASSLEBACK POTATOES and ROAST DINNER with ROASTED BRUSSELS SPROUTS. But it’s truly versatile! Why not try it on a pie or bangers and mash!? Here are a few suggestions for accompaniments!
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