Vegan MoFo 3.2 | Sweet Potato Poutine
From what I know and have seen about the Canadian food culture (which, admittedly, isn’t exactly comprehensive), Poutine seems to be the quintessential diner food. I’d liken it to something like chili fries here in the States – something you see on every diner menu and one of those dishes you order just to get a gauge of the restaurant as a whole (I used to do this with Reubens).
As much as I used to love the traditional Poutine, it isn’t the healthiest dish ever and it is normally loaded with animal products. My version obviously lacks the animal products and is a bit healthier than the original. Looking back on it, I’d probably leave off the vegan cheese, but you can definitely add it if that’s your bag. I am not a big fan of most vegan cheese, but it does give it the traditional cheesiness (it usually involves cheese curds).
I didn’t go overboard with toppings, just kept it simple and easy. This dish takes a little bit of time, but most of it is hands-off or not very involved, so you could easily make this as a game day appetizer or as a comforting snack on a cold day. Either way, I think you’ll really enjoy the crispiness of the fries against the creaminess of the gravy. And I mean, let’s be honest, gravy makes anything taste good!
- 1½ lbs Sweet Potatoes
- ½ tsp Salt, divided
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 tbsp Vegan Butter
- 1 tbsp AP Flour
- 1 cup Veggie Broth
- ¼ tsp Pepper
- 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
- Vegan Cheese (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Clean the potatoes and slice into ¼” thick fries. In a small bowl, toss the potatoes with olive oil and ¼ tsp salt. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and cook for 12-15 minutes, turn, and cook 12-15 minutes more.
- While the potatoes are cooking, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until well-combined. Add the broth, remaining salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil while whisking, reduce heat, and simmer for 10-12 minutes – stirring occasionally.
- Place the potatoes on a plate and then pour the gravy over the top. Top with vegan cheese if desired and eat!
Have you had Poutine (vegan or not)? What did you think of the dish? And Canadians, is this something you all eat often or is it kind of gimicky?