Remember a few weeks back when I made coconut cream pie french toast? Well, this vegan mashed potatoes recipe came from the same place of inspiration: while I was working out watching the Food Network. Apparently, it’s my zen place.
Tyler Florence was making a version of mashed potatoes I’d never seen before. He cooked the potatoes in whole milk and cream to produce the creamiest, must luxurious mashed potatoes I’d ever laid eyes on. Obviously, I can’t do dairy because it hates me. So I wanted to try a vegan version to see if it worked sans cream.
Turns out, if you cook potatoes in unsweetened plain almond milk, it really just makes them kind of mealy and they taste like almond milk. Yick. Back to the drawing board. NOW YOU KNOW.
Another few attempts at the best damn vegan mashers yielded massive success. It turns out, you don’t need to cook them in anything other than plain old water. It’s the type of potatoes and mix-ins that make all the difference.
These mashers require 6 simple ingredients:
Yukon gold potatoes
Roasted garlic (hubba. hubba)
The result is super creamy, luxurious, dairy free mashed potatoes with a sweet garlic tone, plenty of S+P, and an herbaceous, light touch from the chives. Give me a spoon, I’m going in.
You will love these taters. They’re:
& Altogether satisfying
These mashed potatoes are perfection with a little additional vegan butter, salt, pepper and chives. But they would definitely stand up to and pair well with my 6-Ingredient Mushroom Gravy.
I also intended to make these into potato pancakes (inspired by the Inquiring Chef), but they just never made it that far. I literally ate half of them off of that spoon. OOPS. Sorry but not.
What Goes with Mashed Potatoes
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The Best Damn Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- 6-8 medium yukon gold potatoes (if large, cut in half)*
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt (divided)
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 5-6 cloves roasted garlic (or sub minced garlic sautéed for 3 minutes in olive oil)*
- 3-4 Tbsp vegan butter (such as Earth Balance // melted/softened)
- 1/4 cup fresh chives (for topping)
- Place potatoes in a large saucepan or pot and cover with water. Bring to a light boil over medium-high heat, add 1 tsp of sea salt (as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), cover and cook for 25-30 minutes or until very tender. They should effortlessly slide off a knife when pierced with a knife.
- While the potatoes are cooking, chop up your chives and measure your butter.
- Once tender, drain your potatoes and place them back in the hot pot off the heat for 1 minute to evaporate any additional water. Then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Mash your potatoes using either a potato masher or a hand mixer until fluffy. Note: Be careful using a hand mixer as you can overmix the potatoes and they can become gluey. It’s personally the method I prefer as I don’t own a potato masher. I just make sure not to overmix.
- Add in butter, garlic, salt, and black pepper and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Lastly top with chives, stir and serve as is or with your favorite gravy (or mushroom gravy). Leftovers will keep in the fridge covered for up to a few days.
*To roast a head of garlic, simply cup the top off to expose tips, rub with olive oil, wrap in foil and bake for 50 minutes – 1 hour in a 400-degree F (204 C) oven directly on the rack. Cloves should squeeze out easily once cooled. Discard skins/peel.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with 6 yukon gold potatoes and the lesser amount of Earth Balance vegan butter.