Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Vegan Poutine - It's All About the Gravy!

   Hi Friends!
   I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend and the amazing weather that we had.  Thank you Mother Nature!
   I reserved (or rather procrastinated until I had no choice) the Holiday Monday for homework and regretted it almost immediately: the weather was amazing!  But, I had spent the entire weekend visiting with friends and family and doing my own thing, that there was simply no way to avoid the inevitable.  I did, however, manage to get in some Skype time with my mom which is always welcome and always puts me in the best mood. 
   After that I dug into my homework.  Halfway through one of my modules I got this insane craving for a Poutine.  I have no idea where it came from because I literally haven't had a Poutine in probably 2 years.  But, who am I to deny myself a craving?  So, after finishing up the module, I set out to create a Vegan Poutine.  I already had some Sweet Potato fries and Daiya cheese hanging around but, it was the gravy that had me worried.  You see, I've only made gravy a few times as a vegan and every time I've: 1. Had plenty of time to fuss with it and 2. Had my mom around! Ha.  This time around I was starving and didn't want to be doing a whole bunch of prep work.  So, I combed the web to see if I could find some recipes that weren't too complicated, and decided that I would come up with my own - taking ideas from the different recipes that I found.
    The result was the most amazing gravy that I have made yet!  I am not kidding.  And, I really wish that a none-veg person was around to taste it so that I can be sure that it's not just me who thinks it's great.  In fact, I actually thought of my mom immediately and wished that she was here to taste it.  So mom, if you are reading this (which I know you are!), I am SO making this when you come to visit because I desperately need your opinion!
     This recipe is definitely going to be a staple at my house and I will absolutely be making this for Thanksgiving!  And thus the reason I am posting this particular recipe today.  I mentioned in yesterday's post how this time last year I was already planning my Thanksgiving menu and how this year it was the furthest thing from my mind.  Well, after making tonight's dinner and sampling that gravy, I definitely have Thanksgiving on the brain!  So, while I had another recipe all ready to go for today's post, I give you my recipe for a Vegan Poutine.  Enjoy!
Vegan Poutine
1 serving Sweet Potato Fries (any kind) OR make your own!
1/4 cup Daiya Mozarella Cheese
1/2 of Super Simple Gravy (recipe below)
Prepare gravy and set aside.  Meanwhile, prepare sweet potato fries according to package instructions.  Once baked, place your fries into an oven safe dish.  Set oven to broil and add cheese to the fries.  Place into the oven to broil until cheese is almost completely melted (about 2 minutes).  Remove from oven and add the hot gravy to the fries to completely melt the cheese.  Eat!

Super Simple Gravy
Makes about 1 cup
(double this recipe to serve more people)
1 cup vegetable broth
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tbsp soy sauce (I used Coconut Aminos)
dollop of mustard
2 tbsp flour
1 tablespoon vegan butter
sea salt and pepper, to taste
I started off by making a rue with the flour and butter on med-low heat.  It was the worlds smallest rue and I really wish that I had taken a picture to show you guys, but I was too busy making sure that I didn't ruin it!  Then I slowly added in the veg broth in quarter cup increments, whisking vigorously during each addition.  Once the veg broth was incorporated I added the rest of the ingredients and turned the heat up.  I brought everything to a boil (whisking every once in a while) and then turned the heat down to medium low.  I cooked (and whisked!) until the desired thickness was reached.
   This dish definitely satisfied my craving for a poutine and now I'm set for at least another year or so.  Ha.  I hope you guys get a chance to make this soon.

Have a wonderful, stress-free day!
Ves xx


  1. I just love your vegan poutine and will be sharing it on facebook. Nice job. Can't wait to create and taste it myself.

  2. Aww, thanks Andj! It's delish, I promise! :)


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