That gravy was the motif of the meal . . . it went on the potatoes (of course), the turkey, the stuffing, and if a little got on the green beans, well all the better. We even slathered congealed gravy on our leftover turkey sandwiches. (Hey, I never claimed to come from classy people. Don't judge.)
Thanksgiving of 1993 was the last time I ate meat. I'd decided to become a vegetarian a week or so before, but I wanted my gram's gravy one last time.
I expected to mourn gravy, never find a suitable substitute.
The whole thing is delish, but it's the mushroom gravy that makes my heart go pitter pat. Mr. Wendy always requests I make a double batch of the gravy so we have plenty of leftovers. And once I took a mason jar of the stuff to my gram's for Thanksgiving, and one of my cousins dubbed it "better than grandma's." (That did not earn him any points with his elders, but I was proud as a peacock for the rest of the meal.)
In any event, this is the recipe for mushroom gravy from "Sundays at the Moosewood." If you have a vegan or vegetarian at your gathering (or if you're serving beef instead of bird), this may be a great alternative. Because no one should have to eat naked mashed potatoes.
|Cooking Down the 'Shrooms|
2 Tbs. canola oil
3 Tbs. soy sauce
8 - 12 oz. sliced mushrooms (the recipe calls for 8, but I prefer 12)
a pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 c. vegetable broth (or the water you used to boil your potatoes)
2 Tbs. cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 c. cold water
Combine the oil, soy sauce, mushrooms, and pepper in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat until the mushrooms are tender (don't let them cook down too much, because it's nice to have a bit of texture to them). Add the broth or potato water and bring to a boil. Slowly stir in the cornstarch mixture, then reduce to a slow boil and continue to cook (stirring often) until the gravy is thick and clear.
Yep, it's that easy.
*** What about you? Do you make your own gravy or buy it prepared? Or do you actually prefer your spuds au naturele? Give me your gravy memories!