Potato

Vegan Mashed Potatoes

September 18, 2020
7 Ratings
Photo by Julia Gartland. Food stylist: Anna Billingskog. Prop stylist: Amanda Widis.
Author Notes

When it comes to plant-based eating, I’m an avid believer in never compromising flavor. These vegan mashed potatoes are as creamy, fluffy, and flavorful as classic mashed potatoes with dairy milk and butter. Luckily, making homemade mashed potatoes is super easy and, with a few tricks, you’ll enjoy each and every velvety bite.

The perfect mashed potatoes, in my opinion, are a combination of two types of potatoes: Russet and Yukon. Russet potatoes are starchier, with a neutral taste, and absorb melted butter best. However, Yukon potatoes add that extra flavor that marries all the seasonings.

The other trick to perfect mashed potatoes is baking them instead of boiling. Granted, I used to peel, chop, and boil my potatoes before I stumbled upon this technique. And honestly, I stumbled upon this trick by mistake, after baking potatoes as a part of another dish, and changing my mind after removing them from the oven. I scooped out the insides and mashed them instead. Oh boy, did it make a difference. Baked potatoes are drier, which creates a fluffier texture once mashed.

When it comes to mixing, be sure not to overmix. My favorite strategy is adding the scooped insides directly to an electric stand mixer (or you can use a hand mixer), along with the seasonings, butter, and milk, and mixing for 2 to 3 minutes, until fully creamy and fluffy.

And if you love flavor, never go skimpy on seasonings. Of course, you can adjust the seasonings to taste, but nothing is worse than bland mashed potatoes. Besides, adding a good amount of seasonings never hurt nobody, right?! —Shanika Graham-White

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Cook time 1 hour
  • Serves 6 to 8
Ingredients
  • 4 or 5 medium russet potatoes, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 or 3 medium Yukon potatoes, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons vegan butter, at room temperature or melted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley, plus more for serving
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, plus more for serving
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk (or your fave plant-based milk)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Heat oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with parchment or foil. Lightly coat each potato with olive oil and place side by side on the prepared pan.
  2. Bake the potatoes for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until tender to the touch. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 or so minutes. Slice open the potatoes and use a spoon to scoop out the insides and add to the bowl of an electric stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
  3. Combine the butter and seasonings in a separate bowl and mix until well combined.
  4. Add the butter-seasoning mixture to the potatoes. Turn on the mixer to low and pour in 2 to 3 tablespoons of milk, slowly increasing the speed until the potatoes are smooth. Add more milk if you need more smoothness or fluffiness. Season to taste.
  5. Once the mashed potatoes are ready, remove from the mixer and add to a bowl. Garnishing with more dried parsley or oregano if you’d like. Serve right away.

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Shanika is a self-taught cook and baker, food stylist and recipe developer, who has partnered with amazing brands (Navitas Organics, Drew's Organics, So Delicious Dairy-Free, Bob's Red Mill, Organic Valley, and more) to be the source for comfort food and sweets, with a healthy twist. She desires to help others turn the ‘little’ that they have into something magical—great food! On her blog, Orchids + Sweet Tea, you will find everything from dairy-free to gluten-free to vegan to classic faves!