The Art of Plant-Based Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes, a humble spud, have always been a beloved ingredient in our household. From creamy chickpea potato curry to homemade vegan potato salad, the possibilities are endless. However, there’s one dish that has stood the test of time and remains a staple: plant-based mashed potatoes. This easy recipe has been a favorite long before we embraced veganism, and we often receive inquiries about creating oil-free mashed potatoes that are both creamy and full of flavor.

Sometimes, simplicity reigns supreme, and this mashed potato recipe is a prime example. With just a few key ingredients like potatoes, dairy-free milk, salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutritional yeast, and a touch of cooking water, you can create a dish that is truly delightful. And the best part? You only need a large pot, a spoon, and a potato masher or immersion blender to bring this dish to life.

A Recipe Worth Trying

Let’s dive into the process of making these plant-based mashed potatoes. But before we do, take a moment to appreciate the versatility of this dish. It pairs beautifully with a wide range of vegan meals and is loved by both kids and adults alike.

Step 1: Prepare & Cook Potatoes

Start by giving your potatoes a good scrub and rinse under cold water. You might be surprised to learn that there’s no need to peel them. Simply cut them into evenly-sized 1-inch chunks.

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Next, place the potatoes in a large pot and add some spices to the cooking water. Bring it to a boil and let the potatoes simmer for approximately 15 minutes.

Step 2: Drain & Mash the Potatoes

Once the potatoes have become tender, drain them, making sure to save some of the cooking water. You’ll find the exact amount in the recipe card below. Return the potatoes and the reserved cooking water to the pot and start breaking down most of the potatoes using a fork or a potato masher.

Now, it’s time to introduce some dairy-free milk for that creamy consistency. Add a few pantry spices to enhance the flavor and keep mashing until everything is well incorporated. But remember, don’t over-mash the potatoes! We want them to be smooth and creamy, not gluey.

Step 3: Adjust & Serve

Give your mashed potatoes a taste test. Does it need a little more salt, spices, or soy milk? Adjust the flavors according to your liking. Finally, transfer the mashed potatoes to a large serving bowl, garnish with black pepper and diced green onions, and voila! You have a delightful and satisfying dish.

Storage Suggestions

If you can’t resist diving into your mashed potatoes immediately, that’s perfectly understandable. However, if you have leftovers, simply store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. When ready to enjoy again, reheat them either in the microwave or on the stove with a splash of soy milk.

Perfect Pairings

Mashed potatoes are incredibly versatile and pair well with many dishes. Consider serving them alongside steamed green beans, roasted vegetables, or vegan gravy. For a delightful vegan holiday dinner bowl, combine these oil-free mashed potatoes with lentil mushroom loaf or chickpea meatloaf and roasted Brussels sprouts. Trust us; it’s a combination that won’t disappoint. To add a flavorful twist, enjoy mashed potatoes with ketchup and vegan cauliflower wings!

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Tips to Elevate Your Mashed Potatoes

Looking to experiment further? Consider these tips to take your plant-based mashed potatoes to a whole new level.

Spice It Up

Add some cashew mayo, vegan sour cream, or herbs of your choice to the potatoes before mashing them. For an intense flavor boost, try roasting garlic cloves in the oven and adding them. It may take a bit of extra time, but the result is well worth it.

Dietary Adjustments

If you desire richer mashed potatoes, consider adding vegan butter or oil to the mix. Alternatively, for a wholesome twist, stir in a tablespoon of cashew butter. For those watching their calorie intake, incorporating cauliflower into the mashed potatoes can help reduce the overall calorie content. Looking for an extra protein punch? Add some white beans into the mix.

Mashing Tips

For the creamiest oil-free mashed potatoes, use an immersion blender. However, take care not to overmix them. If you prefer a chunkier texture or don’t have a lot of kitchen equipment, a fork will do the job just fine.

Meal Prep Made Easy

If you plan on including plant-based mashed potatoes in your holiday menu, why not prepare them ahead of time? Simply store the cooled mashed potatoes in the fridge and reheat them in a skillet with a splash of soy milk just before serving. Alternatively, chop the potatoes and store them in the pot for several hours prior to cooking, saving you valuable prep time.

Discover More Vegan Side Dishes

If you find yourself captivated by these plant-based mashed potatoes (and we don’t blame you), be sure to explore our other vegan side dishes. Indulge in fluffy vegan cornbread, potato vegetable croquettes, roast pumpkin spinach salad, healthy grilled cheese, and lentil carrot soup. These delectable options will take your meals to new heights.

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Remember, the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating delicious vegan dishes. So, embrace the wonders of the humble potato, get creative in the kitchen, and savor the joy of each plant-based meal you create.

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