This vegan poutine is simple to make and delicious. Made with vegan cheese curds and mushroom gravy, it’s perfect comfort food!
Ah, poutine. Is there a more Canadian dish? When I moved to Canada from the UK, I’d never heard of poutine. I was introduced to it by friends, but it was several years before I got to try a vegan version.
Imagine my delight when my local MeeT restaurant started offering vegan poutine on their menu, complete with vegan cheese curds! It was a complete revelation, and this recipe is an homage to my favourite dish by this Vancouver restaurant, with my own twist.
Firstly, what is poutine? Poutine is made by piling cheese curds and gravy on top of potato fries. It’s basically a Canadian version of french fries with cheese and gravy. It’s delicious!
Is poutine vegan? Usually, no. The cheese curds obviously aren’t vegan, and the gravy is normally made from a meat stock or broth. Luckily, this recipe is completely vegan!
How do I make vegan cheese curds? I’m glad you asked! I outline the full recipe below, but basically you blend tofu with tapioca starch, nutritional yeast, and some other simple pantry ingredients before cooking it briefly in a saucepan. The mixture will thicken and become stretchy, looking like traditional cheese curds!
This recipe was so much fun to create. I wanted to make veggie poutine that not only tastes delicious but is also inexpensive. Many vegan poutine recipes contain cheese curds that are made from cashews and while they taste delicious, cashews aren’t the most cost-effective ingredient right now.
My recipe uses tofu as the main ingredient for the vegan cheese curds, which makes it not only inexpensive but nut-free too! This just gets blitzed in the blender along with some simple store cupboard ingredients, then briefly cooked, making creamy stretchy cheese curds that are delicious!
The gravy is equally simple to make, as you just blend all ingredients and then heat until thickened before pouring over the fries. Easy!
If you liked my vegan poutine recipe, try making my vegan mashed cauliflower potatoes. This creamy side is hearty and sure to fill you up!
This recipe was republished with permission from Vancouver With Love.