RED WINE MUSHROOM ONION GRAVY
A Complicated Gravy needs resting before serving it. The result it beautiful!
Makes a pot full
1 stick vegan butter, cut in half (I used Follow Your Heart brand)
2 jumbo sweet onions, cut in half from end to end – cut ends off, cut each half crosswise in half again, then slice into 1/4 inch wide quarter rings
1 t. salt
8 oz. white button mushrooms, washed, trimmed and cut in 4-6 slices each, depending on size
8 oz. baby bella (crimini) mushrooms, washed, trimmed and cut into 4-6 slices each, depending on size
1 t. salt
2, 10-1/2 oz. cans Campbell’s Mushroom Gravy plus 4 cans water
1/2 c. carrot juice – I used Bolthouse Farms brand
1 T. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos – soy sauce substitute
3 t. Italian roast instant coffee – I used Starbuck’s
1 T. vegan yeast (aka nutritional yeast)
2 T. light brown sugar
2 T. granulated sugar
2 t. garlic powder
1/2 t. dried thyme
6 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
1 c. dry red wine
1/3 c. tomato paste
1/4 c. rinsed capers
1 t. additional salt
lots of fresh grind black pepper
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1- In large soup pot, melt 1/2 stick margarine over medium-low heat. Add onions and salt, then saute slowly, stirring occasionally, till evenly caramelized (dark tan color).
2- In large skillet, over medium-low heat, melt 1/2 stick margarine. Add mushrooms and salt, then saute slowly, stirring occasionally, till tender and liquid from mushrooms evaporates.
3- To the caramelized onion, add mushroom gravy plus 3 cans water, carrot juice, liquid aminos, instant coffee, vegan yeast, sugars, garlic powder, dried thyme. Stir well and continue to cook.
4- To the mushrooms, add garlic cloves, red wine, tomato paste, capers and salt. Stir well and cook for about 10 minutes longer, stirring often. Transfer mushroom mixture to large soup pot and stir well. Cook on low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
5- When done, adjust for salt, add black pepper and extra virgin olive oil.
- Then, let set several hours to meld and mature the flavors. The resting of the gravy is critical to the enjoyment of it.
Serve over vegan burgers, vegan chicken, pasta or rice. This evening I pan-fried MorningStar Original CHICK PATTIES and steamed some Jasmine Rice. I served in this sequence: rice, gravy, chick pattie, more gravy.
Notes: We cook the onion and mushrooms separately, so they’ll each cook evenly. Then we join them.
When caramelizing onion it’s best to keep the heat at one temperature, rather than raising it and lowering it. Medium-low to medium depending on the type of stove you have.