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Vegan Poutine with Smoky White Cheesy Sauce


So, March forward I will with delicious potato recipes as a highlight of the pure joy and potato nutrition that abounds in our everyday world.

Poutine is truly French Fries drowned in melted cheese curds and fatty gravy. Delicious by all accounts. But not so much a thrill for vegans, of course (or the poor critters that go into the fatty gravy).

However, take a look! There are several vegan poutine recipes online. Most of them have replicated the fatty gravy and dense, gluey cheese curds with a scary closeness.

The vegan poutine sauce/gravy in this recipe is a little less fatty, but the nuts and seeds (cashews and tahini)have the reqired mouth appeal, and the liquid hickory smoke gives them a scrumptuous rustic je ne sais quoi.  

Try the recipe.  Doctor it up and let me know what you think.

Get your fries out of the freezer.  Read the instructions  package to bake your fries crispy,  Set the oven or prep your air fryer.

Meanwhile:

Ingredients for Smoky White Cheese Sauce:

1/2 C. raw unsalted cashews or cashew pieces
1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes (NOT Brewer's yeast)
2 cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 T. Tahini
1/2 - 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1 cup water

METHOD:

1.  If you do not have a high speed blender, soak your cashews overnight or several hours in 2 cups of water.  Drain and go ahead with recipe.

2. Preheat oven as per instructions on fries package.

3. If you have a high speed blender, combine cashews, yeast, garlic, salt, tahini and liquid smoke.  Blend until silky smooth, consistency of fine cheese sauce with no lumpy bits.

4. Spread chips in pan and put in over as per instructions.

5. Pour the cheesy mix into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium to medium-high heat, whisking continuously.  Lower the heat slightly to keep at a low simmer.  DO NOT ALLOW TO BOIL.  Keep whisking until it begins to thicken.  (about 10 minutes)

6. Remove from heat.  Thickening will continue.

7. Arrange fries (bakes?) on individual plates and ladle hot cheesy sauce over the fries.

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