Bacon Shiitake Gravy

Bacon.  Mushrooms.  Gravy.  This is a surefire win with your Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.  Also pairs well with beef, chicken, and pork.  Hearty and satisfying, with classic familiar flavors plus a little extra pizzazz.  And very easy to do.  I literally whipped this up in about 15 minutes.  Ready…set…GO!

Bacon Shiitake Gravy

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 6 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 8 oz of shiitake mushrooms, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4-6 large cloves of garlic, diced
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, finely chopped
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1-2 tablespoon flour (optional)

Sauté onions until carmelized.  Add bacon, garlic, paprika, and thyme.  Cook and stir until bacon is browned but not crispy.  Add mushrooms and let them sweat out and soften.  Add chicken broth and simmer for 5-7 minutes.

Pour small batches into blender until all is pureed.  It’s not going to be silky smooth, but rather a hearty texture.  Return to skillet, whisking in flour if desired for extra thickness.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Possibly the prettiest pic of gravy I’ve ever seen!  😉

Gravy is not pretty.  I mean, it’s gravy.  But these ingredients have that rustic look that match the flavor this gravy brings to your dish.

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