I grew up eating Brown Sauce (gravy) and I still love it. Brown Sauce is quick and simple to make, but I had to practice few times until I learnt to make good sauce. Brown sauce is versatile: you can eat it with potatoes or use it to reheat veggie balls/patties. Or you can add sausage or seitan cubes to turn into a different dish. Here’s our Sausage Gravy with boiled potatoes.
I usually don’t put cream into brown sauce, but we had opened package in the fridge and had to use the cream before it goes bad. Soy sauce is also good in the sauce, but I wouldn’t use it with cream. If you skip the sausages and cream from the recipe, you get the basic brown sauce. You may want to make it a bit thicker if you don’t mix anything in it, so use little more margarine and flour.
4 vegan sausages (I used Vegan Dad’s recipe)
3 tbsp margarine
3 tbsp wheat flour
5 dl water
pinch of salt and pepper
2 tbsp ketchup
1 dl oat cream or 1 tbsp soy sauce (optional)
Cube the sausages. Melt 1 tbsp margarine in a frying pan and fry sausages until nicely browned. Transfer into a pot. Melt the remaining 2 tbsp margarine and add the flour. Fry until the flour is well browned. It has to be quite dark, it’s probably ready when you think it’s going to burn any second. Add the water and stir vigorously. Add the rest of the ingredients. Pour on the sausages, bring to boil and simmer 5 minutes or so. Serve with boiled or mashed potatoes.
There are couple of chances to screw up. If you don’t fry the flour long enough, the sauce will be pale, but you can cheat by adding soy sauce. When you add the water the sauce easily gets lumpy, but there’s some tricks to avoid it. 1. Take the pan off from the stove. 2. Use hot water. If you’re boiling potatoes, use the water from the potato pot. 3. Don’t add all the water at once, it’s easier to stir smooth that way. 4. If your sauce is lumpy, you can try to get rid of the lumps with whisk. If it’s still a little lumpy, you probably won’t notice the lumps when eating.