I am really bad at making mashed potatoes. I get horrified by the ingredients in the internet’s favorite recipes: bucket of sour cream, 19 sticks of butter, multiple cups of heavy cream, gallons of whole milk. I feel guilty enough about the potatoes. I have tried several healthier versions over the years and they have all sucked.
This year I based my attempt on a vegan recipe that pledges to be “the creamiest vegan mashed potatoes” from the blog My California Roots. They were cold by the time I got to eat them on Thanksgiving Day, but Robbie and I loved the leftovers. I would make and eat these again and again. I think next year I need to explore a vegan gravy to go on top.
There they are with apple and onion stuffing, cranberry sauce (I used brown sugar this year – yum), tofu vegetable pot pie, and cheddar bay biscuits. Mom’s sweet potato casserole and Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s vegan pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes were dessert.
I changed things around a little so here is what I did.
1 cup water
1/2 cup raw cashews
2.5 lbs gold potatoes
4 tablespoons Earth Balance margarine
2 tablespoons (probably more like 5, but who’s counting?) minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
- Wash, peel, and chop the potatoes.
- Submerge the potatoes in water in a large pot.
- Microwave a cup of water in a bowl.
- Add the half cup of cashews to the boiling water. Set aside for at least half an hour.
- When it’s getting closer to meal time, boil the potatoes in the pot for about thirty minutes or until the potato chunks are tender when poked with a fork.
- While the potatoes are cooking, make the cashew cream by blending the water and cashews together. I used my crappy food processor and it worked out fine.
- Drain the potatoes.
- Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Add the cashew cream, Earth Balance, garlic, salt, and pepper.
- Using a hand mixer, blend everything together for as little time as you can while still getting the lumpy to smooth ratio you like for your mashed potato consistency.
- Eat them right now! They get cold in a hurry.