I have a VERY non-vegan friend who grew up on that 1950's, all-American breakfast staple, chipped beef gravy.
He's never going to be converted to veganism, but is open-minded enough to enjoy most of my cooking when he's at my house (fortunately for him, or he'd starve). He had asked numerous times if I could re-create the comfort food of his past, animal-free, for him. Since I've never had this odd dried beef/chipped beef product that he raves about, I had to wing it rather randomly.
But gravy is my signature "thing" so I had to at LEAST give it a try, right?
Since I know of no veggie replacement for chipped beef (nor do I care to put much effort into researching exact substitutes) I used a veggie "bacon" type product and it actually seemed to do the trick fairly well.
And it's simple, so I thought I'd share.
- 1 recipe Creamy Country-Style Gravy
- 1/4 tsp liquid smoke or Bacon Salt (yes, they're vegan)
- 1 Tablespoon margarine (in addition to gravy recipe)
- 1/2 to a whole package fake "bacon" of your choice, depending on how much you want in the gravy; (or make your own "bacon"from tempeh, seitan or whatever). I use LightLife's Smart Bacon because it's what I have available and the texture works well. The Yves veggie bacon works really well too but I can't buy it locally.
Add gravy ingredients as called for in recipe and cook as directed. Season with liquid smoke or Bacon Salt when gravy is cooked.