Mushroom Gravy – Thanksgiving 2018

We make this vegetarian gluten free gravy every thanksgiving as a second gravy option because everyone needs gravy on their mashed potatoes and stuffing for Thanksgiving.  I use vegetable broth instead of turkey broth and leave out the tarragon because I don’t like tarragon.

Mixed Mushroom and Tarragon Gravy

Bon Appetit – 2010

  • 2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms (PJH: I use just 1/2 – 1 ounce as they are so pricey)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 pound fresh crimini (baby bella) mushrooms, stemmed, caps sliced
  • 1/2 pound fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, caps sliced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 cup dry vermouth or dry white wine
  • 4 1/4 cups Ultimate Turkey Stock or low-salt chicken broth, divided (PJH: I use vegetarian broth to keep in vegetarian)
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon

Place dried porcini in large bowl. Pour 2 cups boiling water over. Let stand until soft, stirring occasionally, about 1 hour. Using slotted spoon, transfer porcini to small bowl. Cool porcini, then chop. Pour porcini soaking liquid into medium bowl, leaving sediment behind.

Melt butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallot and garlic. Stir 15 seconds. Add fresh mushrooms, thyme, and sage. Sauté until mushrooms are tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to bowl. Add vermouth to skillet; boil 3 minutes, scraping up browned bits. Add 4 cups stock, fresh-mushroom mixture, porcini, and porcini liquid. Boil 10 minutes. Whisk in crème fraîche. Stir 1/4 cup stock and cornstarch in bowl to dissolve; mix into gravy. Cook until gravy coats spoon, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
Thanksgiving 2018:
Wednesday – 10 people
Chicken Alfredo stuffed shells – just ok – regular are better
salad, garlic bread
Mitchells Ice Cream Pie
Thursday – 14 people
Turkey: brine; cook on grill
Reg Dressing
Veg Dressing
GF Dressing,
Reg Gravy
Veg Gravy
mashed potatoes, green beans, Brussels sprouts, rolls
Pumpkin pie
Apple pie squares
Friday: 34-35ish people (!)
smoked pulled pork
smoked and grilled sausages
Mac and cheese
enchilada casserole
leftover desserts
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