onion & thyme gravy

As Christmas draws close, I find myself thinking more and more about all of the delicious food that I’ll be eating during the holidays. There’s definitely nothing I love more than a good Christmas dinner, and I really can’t wait to make mine this year. One of my favourite things about Christmas dinner is being able combine so many delicious dishes together into one meal. It’s pure food bliss. Usually, when it comes to the big day, I’ll cook a mixture of new dishes and some classic family favourite dishes of ours – like my potato dauphinoise.

Another classic dish I always like to make is my onion and thyme gravy. Whether it’s Christmas or not, this gravy is one of my favourite things to cook. It’s so simple to make, and it instantly adds so much flavour to any meal. The thyme has a really delicious taste and it’s one of my favourite herbs. It also works really well with the onion. To enhance the flavour of the gravy, I then add red wine, mustard, maple syrup and vegetable stock. Then, to thicken the sauce I add in some buckwheat flour and oat cream.

One of my favourite things to serve this gravy with is my potato dauphinoise – in fact I’ve eaten them together with nothing else before! If I’m honest, they’re the dishes I’m most excited to eat on Christmas day. The combination of the two is so amazing. I’m so excited to be sharing both of these recipes in the Healthy Foods Online Christmas eBook! And, as I said in my last post I’ll let you know when the eBook is out! I hope you enjoy the recipe.

onion & thyme gravy

serves about 6


1 tbsp dairy free buttery spread – I used vitalite

2 onions (250g), finely sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 cup (250ml) water

1/2 cup (125ml) oatly oat cream

1 tsp buckwheat flour

1 tsp thyme

1 tsp vegetable stock powder – I used bouillon

1/2-1 tsp salt (amount to taste)

2 tsp maple syrup

2 tsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup (125ml) red wine

freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Firstly, add the buttery spread, onions and garlic into a large sauce pan and place onto a medium heat. Then, stir everything together and fry for about 4 minutes. When this is done, reduce the onions to a low heat and cover the pan. Then, allow the onions to sweat and caramelise, and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. When this is done, remove the onions from the heat and add them into a blender with the oat cream and water, and blend until smooth. Set aside briefly.
  3. Next, add the buckwheat flour, thyme, vegetable stock, salt, pepper, maple syrup and cider vinegar into your pan and place onto a medium heat. Quickly stir everything together until smooth, and then add in the wine and creamy onion mixture.
  4. Using a hand whisk, mix the gravy mixture together until smooth, and cook through for a final 10-15 minutes on a low-medium heat until it has thickened and the flavours have developed. Then, remove from the heat and serve.

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32 thoughts on “onion & thyme gravy

  1. Simple and divine..perfect for the holiday meals!

  2. Oh this gravy sounds fantastic, Harriet! Onion and thyme sounds so flavorful! Sounds like this would be perfect for the holidays. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much Gayle!

  3. I am usually so prepared by this time of year with all my plans for christmas dinner, but I am really behind this year.
    For me, it is all about the gravy. It covers the whole meal, so it has to be good.

    1. I love gravy too – I always pour it over my plate as well 😀

  4. This is a gravy like I’ve never seen before! Gravy in my house is usually just a veggie stock mushroom situation, but this has so many flavors going on! It sounds absolutely fantastic! Gravy is a holiday must, it’s what ties all the parts of the dinner plate together 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Natalie!!! I love gravy!

  5. This gravy looks so deliocus and flavorful, Harriet. Love how simple and festive this is.

    1. Thank you so much Anu!

  6. Your gravy is so healthy Harriet – a wonderful addition to any meal indeed! I’ve never heard of Oat cream so I am off to Google that – love that you used Buckwheat flour to thicken this!

    1. Thank you so much Shashi! I love oat cream! Let me know if you try it! 😀

  7. I am a big gravy fan, haha! I love to pour it on everything! This gravy looks and sounds so flavorful and delicious, Harriet! I love all of the healthy ingredients used too! I adore oats so I must look for this oat cream! It sounds amazing 🙂

    1. Me too Joscelyn, thank you so much!! <3

  8. this gravy sounds amazing! Gravy is one of the few things that i have actually never made but this one is on my list to try! I can already imagine how delicious this tastes on mashed potatoes!

    1. Thank you so much!!! 😀

  9. I adore oregano and thyme together! this sounds so goood I need some potatoes for this gravy asap! 😉

    1. Me too Michele! Thank you!

  10. Looks like the perfect gravy! Do you know how long would it keep in the refridgerator? Thanks ☺

    1. Thank you so much! I would say about 3 days 🙂 I hope this helps!

  11. Looks like such a delicious, simple gravy recipe! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  12. Christmas dinner is my favorite holiday dinner of all! And this gravy would be a perfect accompaniment to so many dishes! LOVE the onion and thyme in here, my dear! I could literally just eat this with a spoon! Cheers, doll! <3

    1. Same here Cheyanne! Thank you so much! <3

  13. I need the recipe to your potato dauphinoise recipe because it looks delicious. I’ve been looking for a heart friendly recipe and I think I just found it. Onion and thyme creates such a rich flavor I can’t wait to try this gravy. You’re the best Harriet 🙂

    1. Here you go! http://harrietemily.com/potato-dauphinoise/ thank you so much!!! You are so kind Mary. I hope you like it! 😀

  14. This is the first year ever for Christmas that we’re not traveling and it’s just going to be the husband and me – is it weird that I am totally excited about cooking some sort of special meal??? This gravy needs to be a part of it! It sounds wonderful!

    1. That’s so exciting Ashley! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! Let me know if you make the Gravy! 😀

  15. I am such a gravy person, and I was sitting here thinking… I so have to make this. This just looks too good not to make. Love this Harriet.

    Kia / KTS

    1. Thank you so much Kia!

  16. Oat cream <3 This looks awesome!! (P.S. mu bloglovin hates every blog I follow and is not updateing my feed with new posts right! I've missed this one and the one you just posted, argh!!!)

  17. Finally here to comment and this looks just wonderful Harriet! And like I said on IG, I make a similar gravy and now that I’ve seen your recipe, it is so funny how much they are alike! All the same basic ingredients 🙂 Great minds think alike! I bet this is a fantastic addition to potatoes!! So beautiful!

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