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Easy Vegan Poutine (gluten-free)

This Easy Vegan Poutine is simple to make and delicious. Made with vegan cheese curds and mushroom gravy, it's perfect comfort food!

Image of Easy Vegan Poutine in grey bowl on a linen napkin. Poutine is decorated with cheese curds, gravy and green onions.

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.

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Poutine FAQs


1) 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!


2) Is poutine vegan?

Usually, no. The cheese curds obviously aren't vegan, and the gravy is normally made from meat stock or broth. Luckily, this recipe is completely vegan!


3) 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!

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Easy Vegan Poutine - The Recipe


This recipe was so much fun to create. I wanted to make a 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 (see my favourite vegan mozzarella recipe by It Doesn't Taste Like Chicken), cashews (particularly organic ones) 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!

(One note on the cheese curds: don't be tempted to omit the tapioca starch! This is what makes the curds stretchy, and without it they'll just be a creamy mixture.)

The gravy is equally simple to make, as you just blend all ingredients and then heat until thickened before pouring over the fries. Easy!

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Easy Vegan Poutine (gluten-free)

This Easy Vegan Poutine is simple to make and tastes delicious. Made with vegan cheese curds and a quick mushroom gravy, it's perfect vegan comfort food!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American, Canadian, comfort food, gluten-free, vegan
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan
Servings: 4 people

Ingredients

For the Fries

  • 2 lb yellow or russet potatoes (3-4 medium potatoes)
  • tbsp avocado or grapeseed oil
  • Sea salt

For the Cheese Curds

  • 1 200g pack medium firm tofu
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp soy milk
  • 2 tbsp avocado or grape seed oil

For the Gravy

  • 2 tbsp vegan butter or avocado oil
  • 3 small cremini mushrooms
  • tbsp miso paste
  • 1 tbsp Bragg's soy seasoning or tamari (soy sauce)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 3 tbsp brown rice flour
  • cups vegetable stock or broth

Instructions

For the Cheese Curds

  • Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend on medium for about 15 seconds until mixture is smooth and ingredients are combined.
  • Transfer to a small saucepan, and cook on low (stirring regularly) for 10-12 minutes, until the 'cheese' is smooth and stretchy. The mixture will become lumpy at first and may stick to the pan a bit but that's ok - just keep stirring until it becomes smooth!
  • Transfer to a bowl until ready to use.

For the Fries

  • Preheat oven to 400°F/205°C.
  • Slice the potatoes into strips 1cm wide.
  • Place on baking trays and toss in the oil to coat all fries evenly. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste.
  • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, flipping the fries over after 15 minutes.

For the Gravy

  • While the fries are cooking, add all gravy ingredients to a blender and blitz on high for 15 seconds until smooth.
  • Transfer to a saucepan and heat on medium heat until bubbling. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 15 minutes - stirring frequently - until gravy has thickened.

To Assemble

  • Place the fries in a large bowl.
  • Dollop with small piles of the cheese curds and pour over the gravy.
  • Eat immediately!

Notes

  • Don't be tempted to omit the tapioca starch! This is what makes the curds stretchy, and without it they'll just be a creamy mixture.

Looking for the perfect dish to serve with this Easy Vegan Poutine? Why not try my Easy Beet & Black Bean Burgers or my Homemade Vegan Chili?

If you’ve tried this vegan poutine recipe, please leave a comment or tip for others below. I'd love to know how you’ve made it your own!

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