Monday, March 14, 2011

It's All Gravy

Everything tastes better with gravy on it. When I see "gravy" in a recipe title, the dish immediately gets pushed to the top of my very, very long to-make wish list.

But gravy doesn't have to be your typical white, Southern country gravy. I'm intrigued by unique gravies, like the masa-based sauce in this Seitan In Mexican Gravy recipe from The Natural Vegan Kitchen:

I reviewed The Natural Vegan Kitchen in yesterday's post, but in case you missed it, this new cookbook by Natural Foods Cooking School founder Christine Waltermyer features a nice mix of macrobiotic and regular vegan meals. I'm not sure where this dish fits in, but it's delicious.

From the picture, it's hard to tell what's going on in that bowl, so let me explain — tender chunks of homemade seitan are simmered with cabbage, carrots, onions, and garlic and then it's all enveloped in a thick, creamy masa-flour based gravy. Masa is typically used to make tamales, so just imagine a gravy that tastes just like tamales. Yea, it's super-yummy. I served the gravy dish over brown rice and topped it with a little cilantro and sriracha. Oh, and I had a little green salad with Annie's Goddess dressing on the side.

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What food do you like to smother in gravy?

9 comments:

Sal said...

Sounds unusual, but tasty!!

Lori said...

I confess, I love all things Mexican in food, so I think I would like this. I also like to try new and unusual combinations. I'm pleasantly surprised most of the time.

Serena said...

I love sauces. That isn't to say that I dislike the fresh taste of a steamed vegetable or the simplicity of slightly salted, grilled veggies...but I also have a huge love for sauces. Ketchup (which my mom sneers at) is one of my major lovers...but gravy comes in a close second. ;)

Jess of Midwest Vegan said...

Definitely biscuits!

Also, a masa gravy sounds pretty awesome actually. But then again, you had me at the word, "tamale"!

Leslie R. said...

I love gravy too! Millet is good when you are trying to behave and not eat bad starches. I love the Merciful Miso Gravy from Sarah Kramer.

jessy said...

you had me at tamale tasting gravy, Bianca. awesomesauce! the whole bowl sounds absolutely delightful and huzzah for sriracha 'n cilatro. excellent, indeed!

Courtney said...

I love gravy on a spoon, lol! Seriously, I am in LOVE with gravy on anything...

Courtney

bitt said...

I hated gravy as a kid but love it in vegan form! I love it on mashed potatoes for sure.

Tender Branson said...

I love gravy on most things. I especially love it on potatoes. A tamale flavored gravy sounds awesome!