But there’s a second definition, which states that gravy is “something valuable or pleasing that is more than what is earned or expected.” If we look at it this way, this gravy recipe couldn’t be more authentic. In spite of being 100% vegan and gluten-free, it’s delightfully flavorful, thanks to the magic of nutritional yeast, a little gluten-free flour, and some good vegetable broth. It’s also surprisingly easy to prepare, and will hold its own in any Thanksgiving spread.
This recipe, which is adapted from Jo Stepaniak’s golden gravy recipe in Vegan Vittles, calls for the addition of brown rice or chickpea flour. If you’ve never had chickpea flour before, you may want to opt for the rice flour, which has a very neutral taste. Chickpea flour, though, will add a certain kind of umami to the recipe. It may taste slightly bitter when you first whisk it in, but that taste evaporates as it cooks.
Whichever flour you use, prepare yourself for a gravy that is very valuable and very pleasing indeed.
Vegan & Gluten-Free Gravy
Adapted from Jo Stepaniak's Vegan Vittles
Makes 1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup chickpea or brown rice flour
3 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1 1/2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce (you may need to modify based on how salty your broth is)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Black pepper, to taste
Photo by James Ransom