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The best homemade vegetarian gravy

The best homemade vegetarian gravy - with a secret ingredient that adds HEAPS of flavour! You won't miss the meat juices :) Perfect for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, Sunday roast, or any other Meat Free Monday!

It’s getting close! Just one week left to finalise your vegetarian Christmas dinner menu. It’s strange, I wouldn’t put so much thought into one meal on any of the other 364 days of the year, but somehow Christmas dinner takes weeks of thought and preparation.

Hopefully some of the recipes I’ve posted over the past couple of weeks will have helped you out a little! Here’s one more: the best homemade vegetarian gravy.

This is a really simple gravy recipe, but it’s super tasty, and helps to pull together all the different dishes on your plate into a proper Christmas dinner. It starts just like a lot of other recipes, with sautéed onions and garlic. I added some mushrooms too, for extra flavour. Make sure you chop everything really, really small – I personally do like my gravy to have a little texture, but you don’t want it to be too lumpy. Alternatively, if you want a really smooth gravy, you could blend the whole lot at the end.

The best homemade vegetarian gravy - with a secret ingredient that adds HEAPS of flavour! You won't miss the meat juices :) Perfect for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, Sunday roast, or any other Meat Free Monday!

The gravy is thickened up with a roux of butter and flour. Then, it’s time for the secret ingredient that adds that all-important richness: Marmite! With no meat juices allowed in our vegetarian gravy, it’s important to think outside the box, and Marmite adds a deep saltiness (not to mention that lovely dark brown colour!).

If you’ve ever tried Marmite, you’ll know that this stuff is strong – so you only need a small spoonful to add heaps of flavour. If you can’t find Marmite in the shops where you live, I’d definitely recommend buying some online – it’s so versatile (I’m forever adding it to stews and casseroles), and one jar will last you a really long time. It’s also a really good source of vitamin B12, which is great for vegans, as it’s otherwise mostly found in animal products.

The best homemade vegetarian gravy - with a secret ingredient that adds HEAPS of flavour! You won't miss the meat juices :) Perfect for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, Sunday roast, or any other Meat Free Monday!

Once you’ve added your Marmite, it’s just a case of adding some liquid and simmering your homemade gravy until it reaches your desired consistency (I like mine quite thick!), then serving it up with a great roast dinner. FYI, it went very, very well with the cheesy carrot nut roast I posted the other day…

The best homemade vegetarian gravy - with a secret ingredient that adds HEAPS of flavour! You won't miss the meat juices :) Perfect for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, Sunday roast, or any other Meat Free Monday!

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4.25 from 4 votes

The best homemade vegetarian gravy

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 3
Calories:
Author: Becca Heyes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 red onion, finely diced
  • ~ 6 mushrooms, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp butter or dairy-free spread
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1/3 tbsp Marmite or Vegemite
  • 750 ml hot water (~ 3 cups) - or veggie cooking water
  • 1 tsp honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 tsp dried sage
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan, and add the finely diced onion, mushrooms and garlic. Cook over a medium-low heat for at least 5 minutes, until soft and fragrant.
  • Push the vegetables to the outside of the pan, and add the butter to the middle. Allow it to melt, then add the flour, and mix to combine. Add the Marmite, and mix well, incorporating the vegetables back into the mixture.
  • Add the hot water (or any leftover water you might have from cooking vegetables - as long as it's unsalted), honey, sage, and plenty of black pepper. Mix well, and bring to a simmer. Cook for at least 5 minutes, or however long it takes to reach your desired consistency (I like mine fairly thick).

Homemade vegetarian gravy NI Note: Nutritional information is approximate, and will depend on exactly what ingredients you choose.

The best homemade vegetarian gravy - with a secret ingredient that adds HEAPS of flavour! You won't miss the meat juices :) Perfect for a vegetarian Christmas dinner, Sunday roast, or any other Meat Free Monday!Still not got yourself organised? These vegetarian Christmas dinner recipe ideas might help:

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Adrienne

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Can I freeze this gravy?

Becca @ Easy Cheesy Vegetarian

Monday 14th of December 2020

I haven't tried but I don't see why not :)

Shona

Thursday 31st of January 2019

My husband who is not vegetarian says this is the tastiest gravy EVER!!! I make it whenever gravy is required even with meat (for Him). The marmite makes it. Thank you now my go to recipe and well worth any extra effort 👍

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Monday 11th of February 2019

That's so nice to hear, thank you so much! :)

Pamela

Sunday 19th of August 2018

Just tried this recipe word for word and it was inedible and bitter. Very disappointing as it looked very nice.

Mandy Telford

Monday 10th of September 2018

If you burnt either the garlic and/or the onion Pamela that would make it bitter. I have made it a few times for my vegan son and it tastes great .

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Sunday 19th of August 2018

Hi Pamela, sorry you found it bitter! I can't think why it would possibly be bitter - the only ingredient that I would consider remotely bitter is the Marmite, and you only need a tiny bit of that. Strange!

Annie N

Saturday 23rd of December 2017

This looks perfect! Can I make in advance, as in 1-2 days before I will need it? Thanks

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Sunday 24th of December 2017

I don't see why not! :)

Charlie @ The Kitchen Shed

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Oh my that looks delicious! I have vegetarian cousins, so will definitely give this a try when they are next over. Love the idea of adding marmite!

Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Thanks Charlie, the Marmite adds so much flavour! :)

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