Mushroom Miso Mustard Gravy*
Yield 4 Cup
The flavors in this gravy are incredibly good and fly in the face of anyone who thinks that something vegetarian and low-fat cannot be intensely delicious.
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 tsp unrefined olive oil
- Cooking spray
- 1/4 medium, finely chopped onion, minced
- 2 cups sliced mushroom caps
- 3 1/4 cups vegetable stock
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and quartered
- 1/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp Miso Master Organic Mellow White Miso
- 1 Tbsp Miso Master Traditional Red Miso
- 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- salt & pepper to taste
- Melt the butter and olive oil together in a large skillet, well sprayed with cooking spray, over medium heat for about 1 minute. Add the onion and sauté, stirring often, for about 4 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften. Raise the heat slightly and add the mushroom caps. Continue cooking, stirring often, for 5 to 6 minutes more.
- Pour the vegetable stock into a medium saucepan or Dutch oven, preferably nonstick, and warm over medium-low heat.
- Pour the wine into a food processor and add the garlic, flour, nutritional yeast, and mustard. Buzz together to form a paste.
- Whisk the paste into the warmed, but not hot, vegetable stock. Gently bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Take a ladleful of this liquid and swirl it into the sautéed mushroom mixture, stirring well to scrape up any little flavorful bits from the bottom of the skillet. Add the mushrooms, onions, and liquid to the pot with the stock, scraping the sauté pan clean.
- Reduce the heat to very low and let the sauce simmer very gently, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat, place a ladelful of this liquid in a small bowl and stir in the miso until smooth. Correct the seasonings with salt (you'll need little, if any, since miso is salty) and a lot of pepper. Serve hot, ladled over whatever good thing you are serving.
* The recipe and introductory text excerpted from Passionate Vegetarian by Crescent Dragonwagon.