Green Beans And Mushroom Gravy
Except for the green beans, everything else major is canned, bottled or boxed. No slicing and dicing. A great comfort gravy with stellar canned mushrooms and peas from the DOLLAR STORE! I’ll be going back for more! More gravy too. This won’t last long in this house!
Total dish makes 7 cups
32 oz. carton KITCHEN BASICS Unsalted Vegetable Stock
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
1 T. margarine
2 t. salt
2 t. granulated sugar
1 T. liquid smoke
2 t. onion powder
2 t. garlic powder
2 t. mild Hungarian paprika
1 t. fine grind fennel
1 t. dry mustard
1 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground allspice
1/4 t. dried thyme finely crushed between fingers
lots of fresh grind black pepper
DR WT 8 oz. can MUSHROOMS Portabella & Crimini Diced Medley by CHESTNUT HILL, including liquid from can
15 oz. can SWEET PEAS by CHESTNUT HILL, including liquid from can
1/4 c. plus 2 T. cornstarch mixed with 1/2 c. water in small bowl till dissolved
1- Combine all gravy ingredients, except cornstarch liquid, in large saucepan, stirring after each addition.
2- Bring to boil, add liquid cornstarch, stirring continuously till thickened.
3- Reduce heat to low and cook 10 minutes – or longer if you want a thicker gravy.
1-1/4 lbs. fresh green beans – snap off ends and blanch 3-4 minutes in boiling water, remove to strainer and let set till gravy is ready
ASSEMBLY: Add green beans to gravy and cook another ten minutes.
Serve as a side dish with pasta, rice or potatoes.
Notes: Considering all the flavorings required to make this Vegetable Stock into a gravy that sings, you might as well just use water and spare the expense of a premium store-bought stock.
Then Steve said that as perfect as it is with the KITCHEN BASICS VEGETABLE STOCK, maybe omitting it will adversely effect the outcome. I agreed. After all, I did start out with the stock. Perhaps in future I’ll retry the recipe without it and see how the results differ.
The stock had very little flavor right out of the box – even when salted. The box says RICH TASTE. I didn’t taste the animal meat stocks. Maybe they dropped the ball with the vegetarian stock. Plus these types of stocks are expensive.
RE: CHESTNUT HILL PEAS AND MUSHROOMS:
A dollar a can at the dollar store. Was I ever impressed. Wow. Perfect mushrooms. Great flavor and texture and color.
The peas tasted like a recipe in a can. I can see why some families might just heat the peas and serve as a side dish without any other treatment to them. Again, impressive.
• Impressive no matter the cost.
Somebody’s thinking about the poorer people of the world. Thank you.