Indulge in this rich and versatile Creamy Mushroom Gravy bursting with umami flavors of sautééd mushrooms, onions, and garlic, in a delicious roux of cream, butter, and flour. Serve over your favorite dishes and enjoy the luxurious homemade goodness.
This mushroom gravy is a versatile and luscious sauce that can elevate any dish you add it to. Whether you’re serving it over mashed potatoes, alongside a juicy steak, or drizzled over roasted chicken, this velvety sauce adds depth and richness to your meals.
Why You’ll Love This Creamy Mushroom Gravy Recipe
There’s something amazing about the combination of earthy mushrooms and a silky-smooth gravy. This recipe strikes the perfect balance between simplicity and sophistication. Here are a few reasons why you’ll love making this creamy mushroom gravy:
- It’s rich and velvety in texture. The careful selection of ingredients ensures a luxurious, creamy texture that pairs well and elevates many dishes.
- Full of umami flavors. Mushrooms bring a robust umami flavor to the gravy, enhancing the overall taste and bringing a savory element to dishes.
- Versatility in use. This gravy isn’t just a one-trick pony. It complements a wide array of dishes, from poultry to meat and even vegetarian options, making it a go-to sauce for any occasion.
- It’s homemade and customizable. Creating your creamy mushroom gravy allows you to control the ingredients, ensuring a fresher and more flavorful outcome compared to store-bought alternatives.
Ingredients for Creamy Mushroom Gravy
Gather the following ingredients to begin prepping:
- Mushrooms: The star of the show, mushrooms impart a deep, earthy flavor and a satisfying meatiness to the gravy. I’ve used cremini in this recipe.
- Butter: Adds richness and enhances the overall flavor. Use unsalted butter to have better control over the dish’s saltiness.
- All-Purpose Flour: Serves as a thickening agent, giving the gravy its creamy consistency.
- Chicken or Vegetable Broth (or stock): Provides the base liquid for the gravy, infusing it with savory undertones.
- Heavy Cream: Introduces a decadent creaminess to the gravy, rounding out the flavors.
- White Onion: Adds a sweet and aromatic note to the dish.
- Garlic: Enhances the overall savory profile of the gravy.
- Salt and Pepper: Seasoning is key so adjust according to your preferences.
- Dried or Fresh Thyme (optional): A fragrant herb that complements the earthy mushroom flavor beautifully.
Feel free to customize the recipe to suit your dietary preferences or accommodate ingredient availability:
- Mushroom Varieties: Experiment with different mushroom varieties, such as cremini, shiitake, or oyster mushrooms, to add complexity to the flavor profile.
- Dairy-Free Option: Substitute heavy cream with a non-dairy alternative like coconut cream or almond milk for a lactose-free version.
- Gluten-Free Option: Replace all-purpose flour with a gluten-free alternative like cornstarch or rice flour if you have gluten sensitivities.
- Sauté mushrooms: In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until they release their moisture and become golden brown. Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Sautee aromatics: Add butter to the skillet till it melts. On low heat, add the chopped onions and minced garlic. Sauté until the onions become translucent and fragrant.
- Create roux: Sprinkle the all-purpose flour over the mushroom mixture and stir continuously for 2-3 minutes, allowing the flour to cook and form a roux.
- Gradually add broth: Slowly pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens. For the smoothest result, use a whisk.
- Add the cream: Pour in the heavy cream, stirring to combine. Adjust to your preference. Allow the gravy to simmer on low for 5-7 minutes, letting it reach your desired consistency.
- Add mushrooms: Add the mushrooms into the gravy and mix.
- Season to taste: Season the gravy with salt and pepper. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
- Serve hot: Once the gravy reaches your desired thickness and flavor, remove it from the heat. Serve it hot over your favorite dishes.
Recipe Tips and Tricks
- Mushroom Selection: Choose fresh, firm mushrooms for the best flavor. Cleaning them with a damp cloth is preferable to washing, as mushrooms tend to absorb water.
- Consistency Control: If your gravy becomes too thick, simply add a bit more broth or cream to achieve the desired consistency.
- Make-Ahead Option: Prepare the gravy in advance and reheat it gently on the stove before serving. This makes it a fantastic time-saving option for busy days or holiday meals.
This easy mushroom gravy will pair exceptionally well with various dishes. Here are some serving ideas you can try:
- Mashed Potatoes: A classic pairing, the creamy texture of mashed potatoes perfectly complements the richness of the mushroom gravy. Opt for cauliflower mash for a less starchy option.
- Steak or Roast Beef: Elevate your steak or roast by drizzling it with luscious mushroom gravy, creating a restaurant-quality experience at home.
- Chicken or Turkey: Pour the gravy over roasted or grilled chicken, turkey, or even a Thanksgiving turkey for an extra layer of flavor.
- Pasta: Toss the gravy with your favorite pasta for a quick and comforting meal. The earthy mushrooms add depth to a simple pasta dish.
- Vegetarian Options: Serve the creamy mushroom gravy over roasted vegetables, tofu, or meat substitutes for a delicious vegetarian or vegan meal.
Variations and Customization
This recipe is delicious as is but you can customize your creamy mushroom sauce to suit your taste preferences. Here are a few ideas to spark your creativity:
- Experiment with different herbs like rosemary, sage, or parsley to impart distinct flavors to your gravy.
- Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a subtle kick of heat.
- Stir in a handful of grated Parmesan or Gruyère cheese for a cheesy mushroom gravy variation.
- Elevate the gravy’s decadence by adding a few drops of truffle oil or minced truffles for a luxurious touch.
FAQs about making this creamy mushroom gravy recipe
Yes, you can freeze creamy mushroom gravy. Allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Freeze for up to three months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stove, stirring occasionally.
Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different mushroom varieties to discover unique flavor profiles. Combine various mushrooms for a more complex and interesting gravy.
To reheat without lumps, use low to medium heat and stir constantly. If the gravy appears too thick, add a bit of broth or cream to achieve the desired consistency.
Mastering the art of making this mushroom gravy recipe opens up a world of possibilities. This recipe is sure to become a staple in your collection, adding a touch of sophistication to every meal. Experiment, customize, and savor the delicious results of your homemade creamy mushroom gravy.
- 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme (optional fragrant)
- In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sauté until they release their moisture and become golden brown. Remove from skillet and set aside.
- Stir in the chopped onions, thyme, and minced garlic. Sauté until the onions become translucent and fragrant.
- Sprinkle the all-purpose flour over the mushroom mixture and stir continuously for 2-3 minutes, allowing the flour to cook and form a roux.
- Slowly pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, stirring constantly to avoid lumps. Continue stirring until the mixture thickens. For the smoothest result, use a whisk.
- Pour in the heavy cream, stirring to combine. Allow the gravy to simmer for 5-7 minutes, letting it reach your desired consistency.
- Add the mushrooms to the gravy and mix.
- Season the gravy with salt, pepper, and dried thyme. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed.
- Once the gravy reaches your desired thickness and flavor, remove it from the heat. Serve it hot over your favorite dishes.
- If your gravy becomes too thick, simply add a bit more broth or cream to achieve the desired consistency.
- Prepare the gravy in advance and reheat it gently on the stove before serving. This makes it a fantastic time-saving option for busy days or holiday meals.
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days. Reheat as needed, and adjust consistency with a bit of broth or cream. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
- When reheating, do so gently over low to medium heat. Stir continuously to maintain the smooth texture and prevent lumps.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 419Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 128mgSodium: 391mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 20g
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Kitchen On The Avenue makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.