We've been making this recipe at home for awhile and we thought it was time to share our secret with everyone else.
The best gravies (in our humble opinion) start with a roux, and that's the technique that we're using here. A roux is a French technique using butter and flour as the base for a thick sauce. Here's our take on a classic, Phoney Baloney's style!
Vegan Coconut Bacon Gravy
1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) Earth Balance butter
1/4 medium sized onion, finely diced (about 1/2 a cup)
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup coconut bacon
2 cups vegetable broth
salt, pepper & paprika to taste
- Put a half of a cup of bacon into a food processor. Grind the bacon until it is semi-fine. If you don't have a food processor, you can use a blender or even just the crumbs at the bottom of your bacon bag.
- Melt butter over medium high heat.
- Once it's melted, added onions and garlic and reduce the heat to medium. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
- Cook until the onions are translucent.
- Add the flour and quickly whisk everything together until combined. Within a minute, the roux will start to tighten into a thick "sludge." Lower the heat to medium low and allow to cook for a few more minutes. The flour will begin to toast and change color from a white-ish yellow to a medium tan. The color of your roux will more or less determine the color of your gravy- the darker the roux, the darker the gravy! For a classic Thanksgiving gravy, you want your roux to be a medium brown/tan color.
- Add vegetable broth and whisk. Whisk. Whisk! This will break up the roux into the stock and give you a smoother gravy.
- Add salt, pepper, and paprika to taste.
- Turn heat back up to medium to begin thickening the gravy. Continue whisking.
- Add coconut bacon and stir until it's evenly distributed. The gravy will change color to a slightly darker brown.
- Whisk until the gravy reaches your desired thickness & then serve!
Melted Earth Balance with onions and garlic
Phoney Baloney's Coconut Bacon ground in food processor
Finished bacon gravy on mashed potatoes! Andrea loves canned green beans, Kyle would never make them otherwise. ;P