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At this point in November, I’ve already made and photographed 5 or 6 (I’ve lost count) Thanksgiving tablescapes. Yet, somehow this is the first Thanksgiving recipe that’s ended up here on Brewing Happiness (unless you count my Blender Chickpea Gravy recipe). If you’re confused as to where the other photos and recipes went, I’ll explain that later – just keep reading.
For now, I want to tell you about this Maple Miso Gravy, because it’s HANDS DOWN the best gravy I’ve ever had or made. I’m a big fan of the sweet, umami flavors that come out of this combo. Miso is a fermented paste made from soybeans and it has a sweet/tangy/umami flavor. It’s the perfect ingredient to add depth of flavor in gravy. Plus, when you pair it with Coombs Family Farms Pure Maple Syrup all of the flavors sing. Seriously, your mouth is gonna be so happy.
I’ve been working with Coombs Family Farms on a few different recipes this season (get ready for Thanksgiving Leftover Pancakes next week!) and I just have to insert my genuine and pure love for them here. They’re all about small farms, sustainable forestry, and creating pure, delicious maple products. The quality is incredible, and I’m truly honored to get to work with them. Okay, gush-fest over.
Back to the gravy… let’s be honest, gravy isn’t the healthiest recipe out there. This recipe is no different. Sorry about that, but butter is just necessary here. It makes it creamy and lush and rich. Just remember that it’s Thanksgiving and it only happens once a year. Just give in. At least you can make this one vegetarian if you want – so maybe that’s “healthyish”?????
Trust me on the fact that you’re gonna want this recipe on your Thanksgiving list. Don’t argue. xo.
More healthy-ish Thanksgiving recipes: Healthier Pecan Pie Bars + Vegan Apple Thyme Stuffing with Kabocha Mash + Pumpkin Chia Olive Oil Cake + Balsamic Broccoli Thanksgiving Salad
Maple Miso Gravy
This Maple Miso Gravy is going to CHANGE THE GAME at this year's Thanksgiving meal. It's super simple and easily made vegetarian!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock, heated
- 2 tbsp white miso paste
- 2 tbsp Coombs Family Farms Pure Maple Syrup
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Heat a large pan over low heat. Add butter and diced yellow onion. Sauté for 15-20 minutes.
After 15-20 minutes, add in all purpose flour and whisk. It will become thick and paste-like.
Add in hot chicken or vegetable stock, and whisk.
Add in miso paste, Coombs Family Farms Pure Maple Syrup, salt and pepper. Whisk until smooth.
Increase heat to medium-low, and sauté for 5-7 minutes.
Transfer to gravy boat and pour over everything.
Okay now, let’s circle back. I’m going to let you in on the work structure of my life. For those of you who don’t know, Brewing Happiness is only a percentage of the work that I do. I also do a lot of “ghost content” work for other bloggers and brands. Which means that I create recipes, videos, and photographs for a company that don’t have the “Brewing Happiness” label on them. You may never know I was the creator.
I’ve been quiet about this side of my life for a while on here, but it’s becoming increasingly a bigger part of my world, and subsequently a bigger part of what I’m passionate about. So I thought it was about time to start sharing more of this aspect of my life. I’m going to share a list of projects I’ve been working on behind the scenes for the last month or so that you can check out.
Videos I’ve Shot…
- I shot two videos for Lily of Kale and Caramel at the end of September, and she shared them on Instagram recently!
- I shot this video for Gerry of Foodness Gracious (there will be a couple more of these videos to come – I still have to edit them!)
- I created this recipe video for A Beautiful Plate. I shot it in my home, using her recipe and based the look and feel off of her photos.
- For nearly 2 years I’ve been shooting videos for This Mess is Ours. This is our most recent video.
- I am the hands/torso/videographer behind this How To Roast a Turkey 101 video!
Recipes I’ve Developed…
- If you’re into tilapia, I’ve been developing recipes each month for The Healthy Fish. This month’s is a Stuffing-Crusted Tilapia!
- I developed the cheddar chive mashed potato and boozy citrus-honey gravy recipes for BOU this month.
Photos I’ve Taken…
- I shoot a lot of the content you’ll find on BOU’s instagram page.
- I’m honored to be the photographer behind Azla Vegan’s food.
This is all a pretty quick overview of some of the more recent projects I’ve been working on. If you want to deep-dive into my ghost content work, check out my Portfolio Site! xo.