Ingredients for Wild Mushroom gravy: trumpets, maitakes, thyme, carrots, onion. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Ingredients for Wild Mushroom gravy: trumpets, maitakes, thyme, carrots, onion. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

All Photos: Wendy Goodfriend

I’m a bit of a purist when it comes to Thanksgiving. I want the turkey, the stuffing, the cranberry sauce, the mashed potatoes, the yams, and of course, The Gravy (don’t worry, in addition to this starch-fest there are plenty of green veggies thrown in, but those tend to change year to year). Gravy just takes all of this over the top and makes it oh-so-decadent.

Generally, I make my gravy at the last minute, using drippings from the turkey along with the turkey stock I’ve bubbled away for hours and the shredded meat from the neck. But I thought I’d switch it up and offer a new option: wild mushroom gravy. This is a simple but chunky gravy, full of the deep richness of mushrooms.

You can easily make this vegan by subbing olive oil for the butter and using vegetable stock. You can even make this gluten-free by swapping out the all-purpose flour for sweet rice flour. If you’d like a less chunky gravy just stick an immersion blender into it at the end and whiz away to your desired level of smoothness; run it through a sieve if you really want it to be smooth, you’ll still retain all that delicious flavor.

Wild Mushroom Gravy. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend
Wild Mushroom Gravy. Photo: Wendy Goodfriend

Recipe: Wild Mushroom Gravy

4 tablespoons butter
1 small yellow onion, very finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and very finely chopped
10 ounces mixed wild or cultivated mushrooms, such as porcini, trumpet, maitake, matsutake, chanterelle, and/or cremini, finely chopped
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
Olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup dry sherry
About 2 1/2 cups turkey, chicken, or vegetable stock, plus more as needed to thin the gravy to your desired consistency

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add the onion and carrot and sauté, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, thyme, a glug of olive oil, and a pinch of salt and sauté, stirring, until the mushrooms release their juices, become tender, and the juices mostly evaporate, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.

In the same saucepan, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons butter. Add the flour, whisking to remove any lumps. Slowly add the sherry, stirring, until smooth. Slowly add the stock, stirring, until smooth. Simmer for about 5 minutes, then return the mushroom mixture to the saucepan, stirring to combine. Simmer until the flavors come together, about 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Oh-So-Decadent Wild Mushroom Gravy 28 October,2015Kim Laidlaw

  • Bob Engel

    Thank you for featuring our farm’s mushrooms so deliciously. We are right here in the Bay Area, but with a national reach and reputation. I love it when recipe calls for wilds or our cultivated varieties! The company motto is, “no longer wild, but far from tame.”


Kim Laidlaw

Kim Laidlaw is a cookbook author, editor, food writer, producer, project manager, and baker who has been in the kitchen covered in flour since she was big enough to stir the biscuit dough. She has over 16 years of experience in book and online publishing, and a lifetime of experience in the kitchen.

Her first cookbook, Home Baked Comfort, was published in 2011; her second cookbook, Baby & Toddler On the Go, was published in April 2013; and her third cookbook, Williams-Sonoma Dessert of the Day, was published in October 2013.

She was the first blogger on KQED’s Bay Area Bites blog, which launched in 2005, and previously worked as a professional baker at La Farine French Bakery in Oakland, CA. She lives in Petaluma with her husband and their child, whom she cooks for everyday. Find out more at


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area;  Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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