A year-round staple item, onions are found in so many dishes! The following recipe is a great one to have on hand if you are not a vegetarian or vegan, but are hosting someone over the holidays who is. The meat-eaters will have no objection:
1 tbsp plus 4 tbsp butter (or vegan substitute), divided
1/2 cup finely diced onion
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tbsp tamari or soy sauce (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, melt one tbsp butter.
Add onion and saute until soft and light brown, about 10-15 minutes.
Remove onion from the pan and place in a small bowl, set aside.
Add remaining 4 tbsp butter to saucepan and melt over medium-low heat.
Stir in flour and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes.
Gradually stir in the vegetable broth and continue stirring over medium-low heat, until thickened to a gravy consistency (about 3-4 minutes).
Add the cooked onions back in. Add tamari or soy sauce if using. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Tip 1: Try half olive oil and half butter.
Tip 2: Experiment with different herbs and spices.