Quick vegan mashed potatoes are delicious. It’s an easy side dish that can be made in under 30 minutes. This recipe uses plant-based milk and vegan butter for a creamy texture. Simple to make but make the perfect pairing for many entrees to make the perfectly balance dinner.
- Don’t overwork the potatoes: Overworking or over-mixing the potatoes can result in a gummy texture. Use a potato masher or ricer to gently mash the potatoes until they are smooth.
- Warm the milk and butter: Adding cold milk and butter to hot potatoes can cause the mixture to become lumpy. Warm the milk and butter in a separate pan before adding them to the potatoes.
- Season well: Mashed potatoes can be bland if not seasoned properly. Add salt and pepper to taste, and experiment with other seasonings like garlic, chives, or parsley.
- Use the right potato: Different potato varieties have different starch contents, which can affect the texture of the mashed potatoes. For creamier mashed potatoes, use a potato with a higher starch content, like a Russet potato.
- Add cream cheese or sour cream: For even creamier mashed potatoes, try adding a dollop of vegan cream cheese or vegan sour cream to the mixture. Try Tofu Sour Cream or Cashew Sour Cream.
- Don’t let them cool too much: Mashed potatoes can become stiff and difficult to work with if they cool too much. Serve them immediately after preparing, or keep them warm in a slow cooker or on a low heat setting.
- Vegan Mushroom Gravy – Vegan mushroom gravy is a classic and flavorful option to top your mashed potatoes. The rich umami flavors of mushrooms combined with savory gravy can create a delicious and comforting combination.
- Vegan Onion Gravy – Onion gravy is another popular choice for topping mashed potatoes.
- Vegan Roasted Garlic Aioli – Roasted garlic can add a creamy and garlicky flavor to your mashed potatoes.
- Vegan Cheese Sauce – If you’re a fan of cheesy flavors, a vegan cheese sauce can be a delicious option to top your mashed potatoes. Try Vegan Cashew Cheese
- Vegan Pesto – If you’re looking for a fresh and vibrant topping, vegan pesto can be a great choice. Take some pesto sauce and drizzle over your mashed potatoes. Try it with Basil Pesto or Kale and Pumpkin Seed Pesto.
- Caramelized Onions – Simply caramelizing onions in a pan with a bit of oil and seasoning can create a sweet and savory topping for mashed potatoes. The natural sweetness of the onions can complement the creaminess of the mashed potatoes and add a burst of flavor.
- Vegan Sour Cream – A dollop of vegan sour cream can add tanginess and creaminess to your mashed potatoes. You can make a vegan sour cream using plant-based yogurt or cashew cream combined with lemon juice or vinegar for a tangy and creamy topping.
- Fresh Herbs – Chopped fresh herbs such as parsley, chives, or dill can add a burst of freshness and color to your mashed potatoes. You can sprinkle them on top of your mashed potatoes for a simple and flavorful garnish.
- Vegan Bacon Bits – You can make crispy vegan bacon bits using tempeh, coconut bacon, or other plant-based bacon alternatives. Simply crumble or chop them and sprinkle them on top of your mashed potatoes for a smoky and savory topping.
- Vegan Gravy with Different Flavors – In addition to mushroom and onion gravy, you can also experiment with other flavors of vegan gravy to top your mashed potatoes. For example, you can make a vegan miso gravy, roasted vegetable gravy, or red wine gravy to add unique and delicious flavors to your mashed potatoes.
- Vegan Caramelized Mushrooms – Sauté sliced or diced mushrooms in a pan with some oil and seasonings until they are golden and caramelized. The natural sweetness and umami flavors of mushrooms can add depth and richness to your mashed potatoes.
- Vegan Truffle Oil – Truffle oil can add a luxurious and earthy flavor to mashed potatoes. Simply drizzle a small amount of truffle oil over your mashed potatoes and give them a gentle stir to incorporate the flavors.
- Vegan Tomato Basil Sauce – If you’re a fan of Italian flavors, a vegan tomato basil sauce can be a tasty topping for mashed potatoes. You can make a simple tomato sauce with crushed tomatoes, garlic, herbs, and olive oil, and stir in fresh basil for a burst of freshness.
- Vegan BBQ Sauce – If you enjoy smoky and tangy flavors, a vegan BBQ sauce can be a unique and delicious topping for mashed potatoes. You can make a homemade BBQ sauce using tomato sauce, vinegar, molasses, spices, and sweeteners, or use a store-bought vegan BBQ sauce for convenience.
- Vegan Chutney – Chutneys are flavorful condiments made from fruits, vegetables, and spices. You can find a variety of vegan chutneys, such as mango chutney, apple chutney, or cranberry chutney, that can add a sweet and tangy contrast to the creaminess of mashed potatoes.
Meal Serving Options and Pairings:
- Meatballs: Serve with Vegan meatballs and vegan gravy. There are plenty of plant-based meatball options available, such as lentil meatballs, chickpea meatballs, or mushroom meatballs. Serving them with mashed potatoes and some marinara sauce or gravy can create a satisfying and flavorful meal.
- Vegan Lentil Soup or Stew: A hearty lentil stew made with vegetables, herbs, and spices can be a flavorful and protein-packed option to serve with mashed potatoes. It’s a comforting and satisfying meal that complements the smooth texture of mashed potatoes. Add as a side or a topping. Try Vegan Lentil Vegetable Soup topped with mashed potatoes.
- Vegan meatloaf: Vegan Roast or Loaf – There are many vegan roast or loaf recipes available that are made with plant-based protein sources, such as lentils, chickpeas, or nuts. Serving slices of vegan roast or loaf with mashed potatoes and some roasted vegetables can create a hearty and satisfying meal.
- Vegan Roasted Vegetables – Roasted vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, or cauliflower, can be a tasty and colorful addition to serve alongside mashed potatoes. The caramelized flavors and crispy textures of roasted vegetables can complement the creamy mashed potatoes nicely.
- Vegan Shepherd’s Pie: Use mashed potatoes in Vegan lentil shepherd’s pie recipe. It’s a complete and satisfying meal that pairs perfectly with mashed potatoes.
- Vegan mushroom gravy: Vegan mushroom gravy is a classic choice to serve with mashed potatoes. It’s savory, rich, and pairs perfectly with the creaminess of mashed potatoes.
- Vegan Cauliflower Steak – Mashed potatoes can be a perfect side dish for serving with a hearty and flavorful cauliflower steak. Top the mashed potatoes with some vegan gravy or herbs for added flavor.
- Vegan Sausages – There are plenty of delicious vegan sausages available in the market made from plant-based ingredients like beans, lentils, or vegetables. Serving them with mashed potatoes and some steamed or roasted vegetables can create a satisfying and flavorful meal. Serve with vegan sausage and mushroom gravy
- Serve with Vegan gravy and biscuits
- Vegan Chickpea Curry – A flavorful and spicy chickpea curry made with coconut milk, vegetables, and aromatic spices can be a tasty and exotic option to serve with mashed potatoes. The creamy curry can be poured over the mashed potatoes, creating a delicious combination of flavors.
- Vegan Ratatouille – A vegetable stew made with eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, onions, and tomatoes, flavored with herbs and spices, can be a light and flavorful option to serve with mashed potatoes. It’s a healthy and colorful addition to the meal.
- Vegan Creamed Corn – Creamed corn made with plant-based milk or cream, sweet corn, and seasonings can be a simple and delicious option to serve with mashed potatoes. It adds a touch of sweetness and creaminess to the meal.
- Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff – The creamy and savory flavors of mushroom stroganoff pair well with creamy mashed potatoes, creating a rich and flavorful meal. Instead of serving Vegan Mushroom Stroganoff over pasta or rice, try mashed potatoes or roasted garlic mashed potatoes.
- Vegan Lemon Herb Roasted Tofu – Mashed potatoes can provide a creamy and comforting base for serving tangy and flavorful lemon herb roasted tofu, creating a delicious and satisfying meal.
- Vegan Creamed Spinach – Creamed spinach made with plant-based milk or cream, sautéed spinach, and seasonings can be a tasty and nutritious option to serve with mashed potatoes. It adds a pop of color and a burst of flavor to the meal.
- Veggie Patties – Serving mashed potatoes alongside vegan patties can create a satisfying and comforting meal. Top the mashed potatoes with vegan gravy for an extra delicious twist.
- Vegan BBQ Pulled Jackfruit – Serving mashed potatoes alongside BBQ pulled jackfruit can create a comforting and indulgent meal. Top the mashed potatoes with some vegan coleslaw for a delicious contrast in flavors and textures.
- Vegan Goulash – Mashed potatoes can be a delicious accompaniment to a vegan goulash made with hearty vegetables, beans, or plant-based protein sources. The creamy texture of mashed potatoes can help balance the bold and robust flavors of a goulash.
- Vegan Country Fried Tofu – Creamy mashed potatoes can be a perfect side dish for serving with crispy and flavorful country fried tofu. The creaminess of the mashed potatoes can help balance the crispy and savory flavors of the tofu.
- Vegan Salisbury Steak – Mashed potatoes can be a perfect side dish for serving with vegan Salisbury steak made with plant-based protein sources like lentils, mushrooms, or seitan. Top with vegan gravy for a complete and satisfying meal.
- Vegan Mushroom or Lentil Bolognese – Creamy mashed potatoes can provide a comforting base for serving a hearty and flavorful mushroom or lentil Bolognese, creating a satisfying and wholesome meal.
- Vegan roasted garlic and vegan butter or herb butter.
- Refrigerator: Place leftover vegan mashed potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a splash of plant-based milk to restore creaminess if needed.
- Freezer: If you have leftover vegan mashed potatoes that you want to freeze, transfer them to a resealable freezer-safe container or freezer bag, and label with the date. Vegan mashed potatoes can be frozen for up to 2-3 months. However, note that the texture of mashed potatoes can change after freezing and thawing, resulting in a slightly grainy consistency.
- To reheat: To enjoy frozen vegan mashed potatoes, you can thaw them overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. Reheat them in the microwave or on the stovetop, adding a splash of plant-based milk and stirring occasionally to restore creaminess.
Vegan Mashed Potatoes
- 2 pounds potatoes,
- ¼ cup vegan butter
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk
- salt and pepper to taste
- garnish with chives and garlic powder (optional)
- Peel and chop 2 lbs of potatoes into cubes and boil them until soft.
- Drain the water and add 1/4 cup of vegan butter and 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk.
- Mash the potatoes until smooth and creamy.
- Add salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot. Enjoy!