In the past, I made mashed potatoes by adding both butter and cream. Now, I need to create a depth of flavor without fat and dairy products. Enter nutritional yeast flakes, a vegan stand-in for recipes needing a somewhat cheesy flavor.
Vegan Mashed Potatoes
Potatoes, Russet/Idaho or Yukon Gold
Nutritional yeast flakes
Sautéed garlic, minced* (or garlic powder)
Almond or oat milk, plain, unsweetened
Cut the unpeeled potatoes into 1″ chunks. Boil the pieces of potato until the they are no longer hard when pierced by a knife. Remove from water and drain. For every potato, add 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast flakes and 1 clove sautéed garlic, then mash by hand or use a food processor. Add almond milk to moisten, until the mashed potatoes reach the consistency you desire.
Other tasty additions: minced chives, cooked, browned, cabbage (which will make a baconless Potatoes Colcannon), caramelized onions.
*To sauté garlic without oil, cook whole cloves (or minced) in a small amount of mushroom stock, just enough to keep the garlic from burning. Sauté for a minute or so, until the garlic starts to lose its opacity.