Gravy is a Thanksgiving staple. Your mashed potatoes wouldn’t be the same without it. But when you’re eating a plant-based meal, things can get a little tricky, as typical gravy recipes require the drippings of the turkey. Luckily, you can get the same great savory taste with the help of some ingredients that are already in your kitchen.
Between mushrooms, soy sauce, cashews, potatoes, and a handful of other plant-based staples, you can whip up these vegan gravy recipes in minutes. Here are the most delicious options to enjoy this holiday season.
Vegan gravy recipes you’ll want to use on your entire plate
The secret to thickening this gravy is—wait for it—potatoes. “I have used potatoes in my vegan cheese sauces for that perfectly thick texture, so it got me thinking,” said Sophia DeSantis of Veggies Don’t Bite. “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.”
Get the recipe: Easy gluten-free vegan gravy
If you want the same taste as typical gravies, this one will meet your taste buds’ expectations. It uses the vegan Better Than Bouillon No Chicken Base ($12) for flavor, as well as a traditional spices and herbs like sage.
Get the recipe: Easy vegan golden gravy
This gravy is loaded with mushrooms. Aside from baby bellas (or whichever kind you have on hand), it also uses a powder made from porcini mushrooms ($13). “My recipe calls for porcini powder, which you can find online or at specialty grocery stores,” said Jenné Claiborne of Sweet Potato Soul. “It adds more depth, richness, and umami flavor to the gravy.”
Get the recipe: Mushroom gravy
Follow along with Jenné as you make this flavorful gravy:
This gravy is rich, creamy, and oh-so-savory. It gets its creaminess from coconut milk and its dark color from soy sauce. You can also make it ahead of time and pop it in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
Get the recipe: Dark vegan gravy
Have dried mushrooms in your pantry, just waiting to be used? They give this recipe its rich flavor and color. Extra bonus: It also only takes 15 minutes to make.
Get the recipe: Easy vegan gravy
The creaminess in this gravy comes from cashews. When blended with all your other ingredients—like Shiitake mushrooms, shallots, thyme, and rosemary—you have a mouth-watering gravy.
Get the recipe: Cashew and mushroom gravy
Here’s how Nisha Vora veganizes her mashed potatoes, too:
You might not even be able to tell the different between this gravy and the kind you grew up with. “It’s probably as close to turkey gravy as you can get without the actual Turkey,” said Alissa Saenz of Connoisseurus Veg.
Get the recipe: Super simple vegan gravy
Everything a dietitian has on her Thanksgiving plate:
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