Creamy, dreamy, and buttery, these super garlicky vegan mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. It’s hard to beat classic golden spuds dressed generously with roasted garlic, perfect for supporting a meatless roast with gravy on Thanksgiving, a simple tofu steak on a weeknight, or just a spoon any day of the week.
Everyone loves this dairy-free mashed potato recipe, it’s best mashed potato recipe you’ll find!
When it comes to comfort food, few dishes can rival the creamy and indulgent goodness of mashed potatoes. In this vegan rendition, we’ve taken classic Yukon Gold potatoes and transformed them into a dairy-free delight that’s just as rich and satisfying as the traditional version. Let’s take a closer look at the star ingredients that make these Vegan Mashed Potatoes a must-try.
Yukon Gold Potatoes (3 pounds): These golden-fleshed potatoes are the foundation of our dish. Yukon Golds are known for their buttery texture and rich flavor, making them the perfect choice for creamy mashed potatoes. They mash beautifully and provide a natural creaminess that’s essential for a velvety-smooth result.
Roasted Garlic (1 large head): Roasting a whole head of garlic takes its sharp bite and transforms it into a sweet and caramelized delight. The roasted garlic infuses the potatoes with a subtle, savory complexity that elevates the flavor profile. It’s the secret ingredient that adds a gourmet touch to this humble dish.
Vegan Butter: To achieve that luscious, buttery flavor without using dairy, we turn to vegan butter. It melts seamlessly into the mashed potatoes, lending a rich and creamy consistency. You can adjust the amount to your taste, but a half-cup creates that perfect balance of decadence and guilt-free indulgence.
Salt and Pepper: These two seasonings are the essential flavor enhancers. They bring out the natural goodness of the potatoes and roasted garlic, ensuring that every bite is perfectly seasoned. Feel free to adjust these quantities to suit your taste preferences.
Fresh Chives (for garnish): The finishing touch to our Vegan Mashed Potatoes is a sprinkle of fresh chives. Chives add a bright, herbaceous note that beautifully complements the rich and creamy potatoes. Chop them finely and use as much or as little as you like for a burst of fresh flavor and vibrant color.
Together, these simple ingredients create a vegan mashed potato dish that’s not only delicious but also a crowd-pleaser for vegans and non-vegans alike. With the velvety texture of Yukon Gold potatoes, the depth of roasted garlic, the creaminess of vegan butter, and the finishing touch of fresh chives, you’re in for a memorable comfort food experience that’s cruelty-free and absolutely satisfying.
This deliciously dairy-free mashed potato recipe is made by garlic lovers for garlic lovers. It’s packed with bursts of roasted garlic from an entire head of roasted garlic that you’ll squeeze out into the potatoes before fully mashing them to creamy perfection. If you’re one of those “double the garlic, please!” type of people, these are for you!
Not a fan of garlic? You can leave the garlic out of this recipe and it will still be delightful. Just pass that garlic over here, would you? I can always use more!
A better question to ask would be, “why shouldn’t you make it?” The reasons to serve up a heaping helping are endless, but the top 4 are as follows:
For many years, potatoes were demonized as high-carb, empty calories, but there’s so much more going on beneath the peel. Exact nutrients vary depending on the variety, but you can count on finding certain vitamins and minerals in every sort of spud.
Vitamin C – Boost your immune system with potatoes? You bet! One medium Yukon gold potato fulfills half of your daily recommended dose of vitamin C.
Antioxidants – Neutralizing free radicals before they can wreak havoc in the body, antioxidants help prevent many degenerative cellular diseases, like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Fiber – Providing a sense of satiety, potatoes are very filling. This is what makes them great for
rounding out a meal to make sure everyone walks away from the table full and happy.
Resistant starch – Taking more time to digest when it reaches the large intestine, this specific type of starch nourishes the beneficial bacteria in your gut. This helps aid in digestion and in some cases, reduce blood sugar.
Anyone can make good vegan mashed potatoes right off the bat, but with a few simple tips and tricks, you can make AMAZING, crave-worthy mashed potatoes every time.
Sure, you can mash potatoes with a fork, but a potato masher will save you a lot of trouble. Beyond mashed potatoes, it’s an essential tool for making creamy guacamole, homemade refried beans, quick banana bread, and so much more.
There’s a wide range of designs to pick from, so which is the best? A lot of it comes down to a matter of personal preference, but the two most common models to use for mashed potatoes are:
Some people say that the zigzag type making you do twice as much work. But whichever style you choose, just make sure the grip is comfortable so you can press down with force and not worry about your fingers slipping.
If you’re thinking about tossing your potato skins in the compost or garbage, wait! We have a super easy and delicious zero waste recipe for potato skin chips that you’ve gotta try. It’s just a few ingredients and will give a whole extra level of enjoyment when served as a snack before these mashed potatoes are ready.
Getting ready for a vegan Thanksgiving feast, or a hearty holiday spread of festive plant-based side dishes? This dairy-free mashed potato recipe pairs perfectly with:
It’s hard to beat a pure garlicky mashed potato, but if you want a flavorful change of pace, try one of these ideas for spicing things up:
Curry powder – Heat one tablespoon of neutral vegetable oil and add 1 teaspoon of mild yellow curry powder. Cook for 20 seconds, until aromatic, and then pour it over mashed potatoes. Mix well.
Caramelized onions – Everything goes with caramelized onions and there’s no limit to how much you can add. Prep the onions in advance so you can quickly stir them in at the end.
Capers or olives – For a briny, salty finish, top you mountain of ‘taters with roughly chopped capers and/or olives. Bonus points if you take an extra minute to pan-fry the capers first for an extra little crunch.
Meatless bacon bits and shredded vegan cheese – Just like a loaded baked potato, but creamier!
Sriracha, soy sauce, and black vinegar – This combination is my favorite dipping sauce for vegetable dumplings, but it’s also fantastic swirled into golden spuds for extra umami flavor
Lemon zest and rosemary – Bright and zingy, the bold citrus and warm earthy tastes balance out brilliantly for a fresh take on the standard mash.
Vegan kimchi – For those who like it hot, drain and finely chop a handful of your favorite kimchi before mixing it into your potatoes. Since not everyone is up to such intense spice, you might want to add this to individual portions, rather than the full batch.
Dairy-free mashed potato recipe by Daniel Miller and food photos by J.J. Steele, copyright World of Vegan. If you try this recipe for vegan mashed potatoes, let us know what you think by leaving a comment and rating below! Be sure to follow along on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook for even more vegan recipe inspiration.