The Thanksgiving season is upon us here in Canada, and along with all the turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie come all the little extras we like to include with the meal – pickles, cranberry sauce, and gravy! Something about a meal that includes a sauce or gravy takes it from ordinary to special, don’t you think?
While I’ve grown up always making gravy from scratch, I know that not everyone does, and sometimes you just don’t have enough drippings from whatever you are cooking to make a good gravy. I also feel that knowing more about new products on the market, especially those that cater to people with specific dietary needs such as gluten-free, helps me as a nutrition professional – it’s always good to know about what your clients are eating! So when I was presented with the opportunity to try out the new Clubhouse Gluten-Free Gravy Mixes, I said sure, hook me up!
The Clubhouse Gluten-Free Gravy Mixes come in 2 flavours – brown gravy and turkey gravy. They are fat-free, only 20 kcal per serving, have 25% less salt than the original mixes, and carry the Canadian Celiac Association’s Gluten-Free Certification program trademark. And they are simple to make – just add water! Of course, if you have any drippings, you can add those as well to get a richer flavour.
I received some of each gravy mix to try out, and planned out a couple of meals to utilize them. Seeing as it’s just me and the boyfriend, my plans for a full on turkey dinner with all the fixings were nixed in favour of some simpler, weeknight friendly menus. I don’t think he minded – I’m pretty sure he was just excited to get gravy with his dinner 😉
We first tried out the Clubhouse Gluten-Free Brown Gravy, to which I added some sautéed mushrooms, and served with homemade local pork meatballs, brown rice, and steamed veggies.
I really enjoyed the versatility of this gravy – not only does it pair with a variety of meats (you could use beef, pork, or even lamb), but it would also be great on an oven baked poutine, or mixed with mushrooms as I did. I will admit – I added the mushrooms to work extra veggies into the meal…and because I really like mushrooms.
It turned our simple pork meatballs into something gourmet. The gravy cooked up super quick, and was perfectly smooth. You do have to stir it constantly while it is cooking, but it only takes about 4 minutes. While this gravy mix has less salt than their originals, I still found it a touch salty for my tastes, so keep that in mind with your seasoning for what you serve it with.
For the Clubhouse Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy I had every intention to cook up some turkey breasts to serve it with. Alas, when I went to the store to pick them up for dinner than night, they were completely out, so I had to settle for chicken.
I don’t think I had ever had a turkey gravy from a package before this, so I had no idea what to expect. While it doesn’t taste like my mom’s homemade stuff, it was still tasty and had a good turkey flavour. I would have liked to serve it with turkey as planned, as I think it would have pair a little better, but it was still nice with our simple roasted chicken breasts, butternut squash, and salad.
What I really liked about these gravy mixes was that they make gluten-free accessible. I can imagine that if you were planning a dinner for family and had a guest who was newly gluten-free, it could be a bit daunting to worry about all of the dishes that might be affected. And if you aren’t well versed in gluten-free thickeners, this makes it really easy to get a good quality gravy to go with your meal. And since it has the same texture/taste/appearance to any other gravy, there’s no need to make a separate batch for those who can have gluten and those who can’t. Each package does only make 1 cup of gravy, so if you have a big family, you may need to make a few packs – just something to keep in mind.
If you find yourself looking for a little gravy assistance this Thanksgiving season, and you need to keep it gluten free, or if you just want to have something on hand to jazz up a quick weeknight meal, try out the new Clubhouse Gluten-Free Gravy Mixes. And check out the Clubhouse website for tips, recipes, and info about their other gluten-free products. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Disclaimer – This sponsorship is brought to you by The Gluten Free Agency who we have partnered with for this promotion. All opinions are my own.