You are 4 ingredients away from a flavorful make ahead gravy that will knock the socks off your guests. No need to sit and stir until thick, because this vegan caramelized onion gravy is made in a blender!
I generally live in my kitchen, but when it comes to the holidays I may as well pull up a sleeping bag. So when I figured out an easy trick to making the perfect fool proof gravy without having to sit and stir until the darn thing thickened (or didn’t depending on how I screwed it up), I was hooked.
I love the flavor of caramelized onions more than anything. That sweet sticky goodness has a depth of yumminess I can’t resist. So I knew that I had to go there with my gravy this year.
This was a crap shoot of a trial, but it worked on the first go! The flavor was unreal, and my secret trick to getting it thickened perfectly even blew me away!
The secret to perfectly thickened fool proof gravy
Potatoes. Say what?! Yep, I mean we are all making mashed potatoes anyway right (see my new incredibly easy and creamy vegan mashed potatoes here)? I have used potatoes in my cheese sauces for that perfectly thick texture, so it got me thinking.
And I was right. No more flour. No more being mad that you have to stand there and stir until the darn gravy thickens or doesn’t thicken right. Just throw it all into a blender and blend baby blend!
4 ingredients and 2 steps to the perfect gravy
- Caramelize onions in a pan
- Throw everything in a blender and blend
It really is that easy! Just grab the potatoes from the cooked batch you have going for those mashed potatoes, so no extra work needed! It’s so easy and so dang good. I can’t even stand it!
4 ingredients away from a flavorful make ahead gravy. No need to sit and stir until thick, because this vegan caramelized onion gravy is made in a blender!
Sauté the onions with the salt and broth or oil over medium low heat until brown, sticky and caramelized. This took me about 30 minutes for the perfect flavor, but taste and judge for yourself. My onions cooked down to about a ½ cup.
- Put the onions along with the rest of the ingredients into a blender and blend on high until smooth and thick. Add more broth for a less pronounced flavor if you prefer, and add more potatoes for a thicker gravy.
- Use the cooked potatoes from the batch you are using to make mashed potatoes.
- I measured my sliced onions loosely packed.
- You can make this ahead of time, or even freeze.
- To make this really hands off, try cooking the onions in a slow cooker on low for 10 hours. I did not try this but a reader did and said it worked great.
- Makes about 2 cups, serving size is 1/4 cup