Tasting Notes for The Vegetarian Express Gravy Mixes
I sampled the Creamy White Gravy Mix by whisking it, as directed, with unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage. At first I was a bit nervous, as the gravy seemed far too viscous. I was concerned that I would be whisking on the stove for a good half hour. But it seems my impatience was simply getting the best of me, as it beautifully thickened in a matter of minutes. In fact, after just three minutes of cooking, it seemed to go into overdrive, taking on body rather rapidly, so I added some water (as directed) to keep it pourable.
I would love to taste this gravy atop a baked potato, but I didn’t have any potatoes on hand. So I used it as a rich sauce over steamed vegetables, roasted Portobello mushrooms, and quinoa. The gravy really was a cross between a neutral creamy white sauce and a packet gravy (which I have always loved!). The instructions gave the option to add some oil or margarine, and I chose to add some oil. Next time I would use buttery spread, as the flavor seemed to be missing that touch of buttery flavor. But he texture was excellent – perfectly smooth, rich, and true to name, creamy.
This gravy really is an excellent backdrop, but I found myself longing for a bit more of that bold gravy flavor as I gazed at the leftovers on day 2 (the mix makes a full 2 cups!). It had gelled overnight, so I placed half of the remaining gravy in a saucepan and continued to add water as it heated (whisking away), until it was once again a nice, flowing consistency. I then added a couple capfuls of soy sauce (maybe 1-2 teaspoons), and some freshly ground pepper. That did it. Just that little bit of extra sodium and boldness rounded out the flavor perfectly.
Ingredients for The Vegetarian Express Gravy Mixes
Creamy White Gravy Ingredients: Unbleached wheat flour, dehydrated potato, sea salt, dehydrated garlic and onion, herbs, dehydrated lemon peel, herb.
Rich Brown Gravy Ingredients: Unbleached wheat flour, potato flour, sea salt, onion powder, garlic powder, herbs.
More Facts on The Vegetarian Express Gravy Mixes
Price: $6.45 per 9.5-ounce bottle of mix
Availability: The Vegetarian Express Gravy Mixes are sold via the company’s website below, and you can also order them on Amazon.
Certifications: We did not note any certifications on The Vegetarian Express Gravy Mixes.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, The Vegetarian Express Gravy Mixes are dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, sugar-free, vegan, and vegetarian.*
For More Product Information: Visit the The Vegetarian Express website at thevegetarianexpress.com.
*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. No food product can be guaranteed “safe” for every individual’s needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.
Good solid option for convenience
A lot of store gravies contain dairy, so I was happy to discover this brand. The mix works quite seamlessly and makes a very creamy gravy. I just felt it could use a touch more flavor, but that was easy to fix.