Chef Tal Ronnen’s Thanksgiving menu: Creamy mashed potatoes with chives!  »

Your Vegansaurus loves a mashed potato. We have before made dishes based on the amount of mashed potatoes in the recipe. Freshly mashed, several days old and spread on bread for a sandwich, baked to golden-brown-crusted perfection: O mashed potatoes, our affection for you has always been, and always will be.

This recipe by chef Tal Ronnen doesn’t mess around: instead of non-dairy milk, it calls for cashew cream. That would make for a rich mashed potato, and cut with the fresh chives, it sounds really amazing. Thank you again, Gardein, for sending us this menu!

Creamy Mashed Potatoes with Chives
6 servings
20 min prep
20 min cook

Pre-prep tip: Soak raw cashews overnight!
(If you’re short on time, substitute soy milk.)

6 large potatoes, diced
1 cup cashew cream (recipe follows)
3 Tbsp. Earth Balance
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

Cashew cream
Soak 2 cups of raw cashews overnight.
Add the soaked cashews to a blender and fill with water sufficient to cover the cashews by 1 inch. Blend on high for 2 minutes. Tip: if not using a professional high-speed blender, you might need to strain the cream through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth. May substitute soy milk for cashew cream, if needed.

Mashed potatoes
Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 20 minutes.
Drain the potatoes, place in a bowl with the remaining ingredients, and mix until smooth. Serve hot.

Easy-peasy lemon sqeezey. This one I would—WILL make ahead of time, you know, as a taste-test. Or supper. You know.

[photo of Tuscan roasted garlic white bean mashed potatoes at Vegiterranean by Flickr user steev-o]


Vegansaurus Giveaway: Tickets to Chrissie Hynde at Bimbo’s THIS SATURDAY!  »

Chrissie Hynde, we love her so. Not only is “Brass in Pocket” the preferred Karaoke song for several Vegansaurus writers, she’s a bad-ass vegan and even owns a vegan restaurant, Vegiterranean, in Ohio. How much do you want to marry this woman? The only correct answer is VERY FUCKING MUCH. 

But wait! It gets better! Chrissie Hynde is performing at Bimbo’s 365 Club this Saturday and Bimbo’s is awesomely making their entire menu veg for the event. I mean, it’s no Millennium but the fact that you can eat a Boca burger and french fries and watch Chrissie Hynde be amazing just sounds really, really happy-making. 

So, we’re giving away THREE PAIRS OF TICKETS to the show! Lucky you! It’s THIS Saturday, Oct. 23; doors at 8 p.m., show start at 9. For a chance to win, let me know what Chrissie Hynde song you’re gonna rock the next time you do Karaoke. And don’t say, “Back on the Chain Gang,” because that’s totally mine. I even act out laying train tracks during my rendition. It’s actually kinda poetic, I mean, the whole story of a woman on a chain gang, only there because she killed her husband and his mistress after catching them in the act. She must pay for her crime of passion by doing the hard time, but really, who can blame her!? 

Alternately, just type your name in comments. I’m not picky. I’ll pick a winner randomly tomorrow evening so make sure to leave a good email address with your answer and lez do this!

If you don’t win, you can still go! And support a rad vegan artist and eat a Boca burger or two and shake your ass to her sweet, sweet sounds!

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