Paleo gravy on The 30 day Paleo Detox Challenge – Day 18

Paleo gravy stock

Aha! I believe I’ve made an important discovery today…

How to make Paleo Gravy!

Yes, I’ve discovered how to make a rather delicious paleo gravy.

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Pass the Paleo Gravy!

One of my biggest grumbles with this wholefoods and no junk way of eating has been the lack of sauces. I like my sauce! Chutneys, pickles, jellies, glazes, relishes, dressings, dips and, of course, and perhaps most of all – gravy! I wanted paleo gravy.

And, as discussed previously, most of the commercially available saucy things are full of sugar, or dairy, or dodgy oils, or weird chemicals, or all of the above.

The need for sauce

So Cara has mastered homemade the art of homemade mayonnaise, and I’ve turned some of that into a pretty good impression of raita to go with my curries – I’m getting there with curry sauce too.

Cara also produced a very wonderful Paleo Creamy Peppercorn Sauce, the recipe for which can be found about half way down this page.

I thought I’d better step up!

Paleo gravy

Not least because we decided to have liver and onions for dinner, and last time we had it, sans gravy, it was very dry. I don’t do dry food. Did I mention I like sauce?

So, given that liver and mayonnaise really don’t go together, it was definitely time to find a paleo gravy recipe!

Which I did, kind of, a couple of them. NomNomPaleo has some excellent recipes, including this rather delicious Umami Gravy – but I didn’t have most of the ingredients, or time to go shopping.

Back to the chopping board, it’s time to get creative and devise…

The ultimate paleo gravy recipe!

Well, okay, maybe not ultimate, it being my first attempt and all, but I had high hopes.

Here’s what I did, roughly.

paleo gravy stockStep 1. Vegetable stock

1 large onion
2 – 3 carrots
herbs – I had some sage. Bay leaves and/or thyme could work well too.
(Some celery and some other veggies might be good too, but I didn’t have any)

Roughly chop and put all in a pan and cover with water. Bring to boil then simmer for at least an hour. I actually forgot I was doing this and Cara reminded me just before it boiled dry! The result was a wonderful, richly reduced, deep brown liquor. If you can get it to that stage, ideal, but don’t burn it!

Step 2. The body

1 large onion – chopped
Chestnut mushrooms (other flavorsome mushrooms would do nicely too)
Ghee + Olive oil
Tomato puree – spoonful
Garlic puree (or 2 – 3 crushed garlic cloves)
Mustard powder 1/2 tsp
Sea salt + freshly ground black pepper
Coconut milk – 2 tbsp
Cocoa powder – 1tbsp

Fry the onion and mushrooms in plenty ghee and olive oil until onion translucent, adding garlic, mustard, salt and pepper towards the end. Turn the heat down and add tomato puree. Mix the cocoa powder with the coconut milk to form a smooth paste and add to the pan. Add the reduced veggie stock and simmer for at least 10 minutes.

Whiz it!

I used my stick blender and wished I was using a deeper pan – messy! So, either stick blender or throw in it the Vitamix and blitz until fairly smooth.

Taste that paleo gravy!

And season accordingly – I added some more salt and pepper at this stage. Also add more water, or simmer to reduce, if you need to adjust the consistency after blending.

And that’s it. I let mine sit for an hour or so after this, until I was ready to cook the rest of the meal, and then reheated it. It would probably do very well maturing in the fridge overnight too.

The taste test

So how was the paleo gravy? Delicious! Really, it was. I think I got a pretty good balance of flavors – the bitter cocoa counters the sweetness of the veggies.

What does it go with?

Well it worked really well served with liver and onions and celeriac mash, but I think it would go very well with any cooked meat and/or veg dish.

What would I change?

Well maybe some more veggies in the stock, or maybe a meat stock. NomNomPaleo suggests a chicken or bone broth, and I think that would work well.

And maybe some fish or oyster sauce to add more depth of flavor – not that this was lacking depth, but more is usually good.

Will I make paleo gravy again?

Absolutely – probably a big batch of it – the two of us consumed all of this in one sitting!

What else have I eaten today?

Breakfast
Smoothie – banana, coconut milk, spinach, ghee,dates, raisins, sunflower and pumpkin seeds

Lunch
Chicken madras

Dinner
Liver and onions
Celeriac mash
Homemade paleo gravy

Supper
An apple, probably

Drinks
Water – not enough of it today
Black coffee – too much today?

And that’s it!
IanB has been making paleo gravy

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