Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food. The humble potato is subtly sweet and delicious; it’s absolutely perfect in its simplicity. Because of that, this recipe doesn’t require much. Just 5 ingredients – and that’s including salt and pepper – and 30 minutes.
We start by bringing some yellow-fleshed potatoes to a boil, and then allowing them to gently simmer so they don’t get water logged. I use yellow-fleshed potatoes because they are slightly sweeter and more flavourful than traditional russet potatoes, and I like their yellow colour. The skin is also quite tender, so you can leave in on rather than peeling if you feel like you need some more fibre in your diet. That’s where most of the nutrition is anyway.
Once the potatoes are cooked and drained, we immediately mash them lightly, and then add the flavour-enhancing ingredients.
We add olive oil to build richness and a delicate olive flavour, then unflavoured soy or almond milk to build creaminess. You could also use coconut oil if you would like to achieve a more neutral flavour, but I much prefer the taste of good-quality olive oil. I opted to use soy milk instead of almond milk because I find the flavour to be a little less nutty than almond milk, but this is purely a matter of personal preference. Any unsweetened, unflavoured dairy-free milk will work just fine (except oat milk because that tends to get gloopy when heated).
The potatoes are finished off with salt and pepper to taste, and garnished with lightly peppery chives. And there you have it! Perfect, delicious mashed potatoes with almost no effort at all. I love the ease and simplicity of this recipe and I hope you will too!
Give it a try with my recipe for Savoury Mushroom Gravy, eat it all on its own, or top with Vegan Italian Sausages or Marinated Tempeh. It also makes the perfect side dish for my Chickun Pot Pie. Whatever the accompaniment you choose, it is bound to be spectacular! Let me know in the comments if you give these potatoes a try!