Mom's Brown Gravy Recipe -
Mom's Brown Gravy Recipe
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Mom's Brown Gravy

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"A nice rich brown gravy, completely vegetarian, and perfect for potatoes or vegetables."

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Original recipe makes 2 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    10 mins

    15 mins


  1. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in yeast extract spread, onion powder, and salt until smooth. Gradually whisk in 1 1/2 cups water so no lumps form. Bring to a boil. In a small cup, stir together 1/2 cup cold water and cornstarch. Stir the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, and continue boiling until thickened. Cool slightly before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Sep 18, 2008

I didn't have any brown gravy so I decided to try this recipe out. I'm so glad that I did because I'll never have to buy brown gravy packages ever again. I didn't have any Marmite/Vegemite so I used 3 beef bouilion cubes (initially I tried 2 and it didn't have much flavor) and just added a dash of salt and pepper. If I ever see Marmite/Vegemite, I will definitely get some and use it with this recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 04, 2007

In the strictest sense of the word, this is not "vegetarian" if it contains butter...but not bad.

Jun 01, 2006

Really good gravy for veggies. I wanted to make a big batch of poutine and half my roomates are vegetarian, so I was happy to find this one. I doubled it to make enough. We've done it a couple of times now and found it very salty as written, and so now I don't add any salt (I think there's enough saltyness in the butter and Marmite - you can always add some salt and pepper to your plate as needed).

Oct 02, 2003

Of course, it came from my mom so I love it! You can use just about any pairing of 2 cups water to broth cubes, bullion granules, liquid concentrates, whatever flavor and brand you like.

Oct 04, 2010

Very very good!!! My son wanted chicken gravy like the school has =/ I did sub better than bullion for the yeast extract and had a very good result. Would be happy to make this one again and again!

Nov 07, 2005

EXCELLENT !! This is an answer to my needs. I substituted 2 tablespoons of (Hacho) miso for the Marmite. I added some more water as I found the gravy a little too thick. I may have cooked it too long initially. Thank you for such a great recipie ! (I am going to reduce the butter to 3 TBSP here after.)

Oct 27, 2007

I have missed having gravy at supper b/c my husband is vegetarian -but this stuff is great! I'll be making this recipe again and again in the future.

Feb 28, 2007

I use this gravy for so much. I usually add a tsp of garlic powder, and sometimes sub shortening for butter which works just as well.


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  • Calories
  • 60 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5.8 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 356 mg
  • 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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