Shiitake-Miso Gravy

Shiitake Mushrooms

Serve this richly flavored vegan shiitake-miso gravy over sautéed tofu or tempeh, or to dress up mashed potatoes or green vegetables. Adapted from Vegan Express.

Makes: about 2 cups

  • 1 cup prepared vegetable broth or water
  • 2 cups thinly sliced fresh shiitake mushroom caps
    (about 2 to 3 ounces)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons minced fresh or jarred ginger, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons arrowroot cornstarch
  • 2 rounded tablespoons miso, any variety
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the broth, mushrooms, ginger, and oil in a small saucepan. Bring to a rapid simmer, then cover and simmer gently for 5 to 7 minutes.

Combine the cornstarch in a small container with just enough water to dissolve. Whisk into the saucepan and cook just until the gravy thickens. Remove from the heat.

Combine the miso with 1/4 cup warm water in a small container and whisk until smooth. Stir into the gravy. Season with pepper and serve at once, or cover and heat through just before serving.

Nutrition Information: 
Per 1/4 cup: 29 calories; 1g fat; 280mg sodium; 3g carbs; 0g fiber; 1g protein

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