This smart take on the classic gravy recipe is sure to be a perfect complement to any fall or winter dinner.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/4 pound mushrooms
- Pinch of thyme, dried
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (add more, to taste)
- 1 teaspoon garlic, minced or crushed
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, unbleached
- 2 cups chicken broth, low-sodium (use vegetable or mushroom broth if preferred)
- Black pepper, freshly ground, to taste (optional)
- Clean the mushrooms and, if the stems are firm and tight, leave them on. If they are soft and beginning to separate, remove them.
- Chop the mushrooms into very small pieces or thin slices.
- Place a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat for 30 seconds.
- Add the oil and swirl to coat the pan. Add the mushrooms, thyme, and salt, and sauté for about 8 to 10 minutes or until the mushrooms are reduced in size and they have expressed some juices.
- Stir in the garlic. Add the broth, and heat until it is hot but not boiling.
- Place the flour in a small bowl, and ladle in enough broth to dissolve the flour (approximately 3/4 cup).
- Use a small whisk to beat this mixture until smooth, then pour it back into the hot broth. Whisk the broth as you pour.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until lightly thickened.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. (Keep this in a tightly lidded jar in the refrigerator and use as needed over the period of a week. You can also freeze it.) This gravy perfectly complements Walnut-Coated Smart "Fried" Chicken.