Vegan Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

For vegan take on a classic side dish, whip up these vegan mashed potatoes. Top it off with a creamy mushroom gravy that even meat eaters will love.

Contrary to popular belief, comfort food doesn’t have to be unhealthy. You can make it with real, plant-based ingredients in the comfort of your own home! Take this recipe for vegan mashed potatoes and mushroom gravy, for example.

The mashed potatoes are simple, creamy, and easy to customize. Meanwhile, the vegan gravy is made with a base of mushrooms and onions. Together, you have the ultimate combination for a vegan side dish.

(P.S. It’s the perfect recipe for a vegan Thanksgiving dinner, too.)

Vegan Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy
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To make the mashed potatoes, you’ll need about two and a half pounds of yellow potatoes. You will also need vegan butter, olive oil, minced garlic, salt, pepper, and chives. If you like your mashed potatoes with certain spices or ingredients, feel free to add those as well.

Mashed Potatoes Ingredients
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Chop your potatoes into quarters.

Chopped Potatoes
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Fill a large pot with water and add a generous dash of salt. Bring the water to a boil. Add the potatoes, making sure they are completely covered with water. Cover the pot and boil for 30 minutes or until tender.

Boiling Potatoes
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Just before the potatoes are done, add olive oil and minced garlic to a small pan over medium heat. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the garlic is fragrant and light brown.

Minced Garlic
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Drain the potatoes and reserve some of warm potato water.

Cooked Potatoes
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With a large fork or potato masher, mash the potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes
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Add the cooked garlic. Follow with the spices and vegan butter. Slowly add the warm water until the potatoes reach your ideal consistency.

Add Ingredients to Mashed Potatoes
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Continue mashing the ingredients together. If needed, add more spices or vegan butter. You can also add more potato water or warm non-dairy milk to help smooth the potatoes.

Finished Mashed Potatoes
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While the potatoes are boiling, you can start on the mushroom gravy. You’ll need vegetable broth, mushrooms, onions, vegan butter, soy sauce, all-purpose flour, and spices. To make this recipe gluten-free, use tamari and gluten-free flour instead.

Note that using vegetable broth will create a light brown gravy. If you prefer a rich brown color, use mushroom gravy instead. Both options are delicious!

Mushroom Gravy Ingredients
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In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the vegan butter, mushrooms, and onions. Cook until brown and tender.

Cooking Mushrooms
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Add the flour. Cook until it is fully incorporated and heated through, but make sure it doesn’t burn or stick to the pot. You can add a bit more flour if you prefer a thicker gravy.

Cooked Mushrooms
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Add the vegetable or mushroom broth. Simmer for a few minutes or until it’s thick like cream soup.

Mushroom Gravy
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Let cool and blend in a blender until it reaches your ideal consistency. The gravy can be as chunky or smooth as you’d like.

To serve, pour the mushroom gravy over your vegan mashed potatoes and garnish with chopped chives.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Photo: Kirsten Nunez

Again, if you prefer dark brown gravy, use mushroom broth. But vegetable broth works just fine, too. Don’t be afraid to experiment with what’s in your pantry, especially if you already have broth on hand.

Enjoy!

Vegan Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

For vegan take on a classic side dish, whip up these vegan mashed potatoes. Top it off with a creamy mushroom gravy that even meat eaters will love.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: gravy, mashed potatoes, thanksgiving
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6
Author: Kirsten Nunez

Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes

  • 2.5 pounds yellow potatoes
  • 6 tablespoons vegan butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups reserved warm potato water
  • 1/4 cup chives chopped

Mushroom Gravy

  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free flour
  • 3 cups vegetable broth or mushroom broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme chopped
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari

Instructions

Mashed Potatoes

  • Fill a large pot with water and add a generous dash of salt. Bring to a boil. Cut the potatoes into quarters and add to the pot. Cover and cook for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
  • Just before the potatoes done cooking, cook the olive oil and minced garlic in a small pan over medium heat. Saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  • Drain the potatoes, reserving at least 2 cups of potato water. Mash the potatoes with a large fork or potato masher. Add the garlic, vegan butter, salt, and pepper. Slowly add the reserved potato water and keep mixing until the potatoes reach your ideal consistency.

Mushroom Gravy

  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the vegan butter, mushrooms, and onions. Cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until the mushrooms and onions are tender.
  • Add the flour and cook until fully incorporated. Add the vegetable or mushroom broth and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, or until thick and creamy. Let cool before blending in a blender.
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