Sep 5, 2014

Chunky mushroom and plum gravy

Doesn't it just scream Fall to you? Mushrooms and plums together. In a rich and satisfying gravy. Imagine this with fluffy mashed potatoes...just heaven! At first, I wanted to make this gravy smooth. But when I saw how beautifully chunky it was, I just couldn’t bring myself to blend it. Of course, you can always do that to make it smoother or to get your kid to eat some mushrooms. The dried plums really give a rich and kind of smoky flavor and texture here.

serves 4 - 6 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2 onions
  • 1 ½ - 2 tsp salt
  • pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1 cup / 200 g dried plums
  • 5 cups / 450 g chopped white mushrooms
  • ½ cup / 120 ml water
  • ¾ cup / 200 ml vegan cream (light or heavy creamy) or make your own

Heat up some oil in a thick-bottomed pot. Add chopped onions, salt and pepper. Cook for a couple of minutes, until golden brown. Add chopped dried plums and cook for a minute. Add chopped mushrooms and water. Simmer over medium heat under the lid for about 5-7 minutes. Add cream and simmer for another 2 minutes. Garnish with fresh herbs, if you like.


  1. I'm sure mushrooms and plums are great combination – they both taste kind of "earthy". Thanks for sharing a recipe :)

    1. Thanks, Maikki! They really fit together in this sauce :)

  2. I have been everywhere looking for vegan cream and am not able to find it anywhere :( is there anything that I can use instead?

  3. Megan, this would work really well instead of a store bought cream:

  4. If you're in the US and near Trader Joe's, they have a soy creamer that doesn't have vanilla and is very low in sugar (it's basically concentrated soy milk). Just check the ingredients lists with creamer; my first try I bought a "plain" creamer with vanilla and the whole dish just tasted of vanilla creamer. Not good.

  5. Yikes! Yes, vanilla isn't really good in this sauce :D But regular soy milk with a little bit of added flour or corn starch could work well too.

  6. This recipe is so good, Sandra! I will definitely make it is lovely over lentil pasta and roasted cauliflower. Next time I will either cut the plum pieces much smaller or blend the gravy so the sweetness is better distributed throughout. Thanks for a lovely dinner! :-)

  7. Dear Natalie, I updated my comment system today and your lovely new comment is somewhere lost now :S I saw it though and I am so glad you liked the gravy!


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