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Rosemary & Sage Mashed Red Potatoes (with Vegan Gravy).

We’ve had a cranky couple of days over here at the Malone house.  Cullen has decided that if he is not eating or sleeping, he’s going to be screaming.  We’re doing our best to keep him calm and happy, but it’s tough to watch the little man cry and not know what to do about it.

Last night after a particularly long scream fest, he finally worked himself to sleep in the car.  Back at the house, he gave himself a much needed nap in the car seat while Casey and I attempted to figure out what to make for dinner.

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After a day like yesterday, comfort food sounded best.  I’ve been working on some new Thanksgiving recipe ideas and I’ve just been waiting for Cullen to give me the right window of time to test some of them out.  Last night seemed like the perfect night for a Thanksgiving classic – mashed potatoes.  These were a huge success, and I’m already looking forward to eating them again in a few short weeks!

Rosemary and Sage Mashed Red Potatoes (with Vegan Gravy)

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Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 8 large red potatoes
  • 3 small apples (I used gala)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage leaves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance (or butter)
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened original almond milk (or other milk)
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions:  I like to have some skins in my mashed potatoes, so I peeled half of them and left the other have with the skins on.  If you prefer smoother mashed potatoes, you can peel all of yours. 

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Dice the potatoes into bite sized pieces and steam for ten minutes on the stovetop.  In the meantime, dice your fresh herbs…

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And cube your apples into small pieces.  The apples add just a bit of sweetness to the mashed potatoes, without being overly noticeable or affecting the texture.  These galas were really small, so if you have bigger apples you may want to cut it down to just two. 

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After the potatoes have steamed for ten minutes, add the apples to the steamer basket and steam for ten additional minutes, or until everything is fork-tender. 

Once softened, add the potatoes, apples, herbs, Earth Balance, and milk to your stand mixer and beat until mashed.  If you prefer an arm workout, you can also mash by hand with a fork or a potato masher. 

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I like mine to be mostly creamy with just a few potato hunks.  Yum.  Season to taste with salt.

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No mashed potatoes are complete without gravy though, so you’ll need to make a batch of that as well.  I made a white vegan gravy based off of my old recipe, and I really like the way this one turned out.  Definitely the new favorite!

White Vegan Gravy

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  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup + 2 cups water (separated)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  1. Sauté garlic in olive oil over medium heat until it begins to brown.
  2. Add nutritional yeast, along with 1/4 cup water to deglaze, and then add flour.
  3. As soon as flour is added, begin whisking constantly.  Pour remaining 2 cups water in slowly while continuing to whisk.
  4. Whisk until gravy reaches desired consistency, and then add salt to taste.  Continue to cook over low heat as gravy thickens, until ready to serve. 
  5. (If gravy becomes too thick, add a bit of additional water to reach desired consistency.)

Once your gravy is ready and your potatoes are mashed, serve yourself a giant dollop of each and dig in. 

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A hint of sweetness from the apples and just the right amount of savory from the herbs make this a great new version of a classic dish.

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We enjoyed ours with a few slices of (veggie) Field Roast, but these potatoes will be delicious along side whatever you choose to put in the center of your holiday table. 

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One of the newest Recipage features is the ability to search by occasion, including holidays.  If you click on Thanksgiving on my recipe page, you’ll find more delicious holiday-inspired ideas to consider when planning this year’s menu. 

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I hope to have a few more festive meals for you coming up soon!  As always, enjoy.

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Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn     at 7:16 pm

AHHHH YOUR LITTLE MAN IS SO HANDSOME!! Can I please babysit for free for like a couple of weeks in exchange for homemade vegan/vegetarian food. Okay thanks sounds good.


Emily     at 7:19 pm

Cullen is the cutest :) I see Casey in him!!! These mashed potatoes look and sound wonderful…going to need to test them out a few times before Thanksgiving :)


Meagan     at 7:21 pm

This looks sooo good and I like how you added fruit into it! I’m going to try out cauliflower to secretly add to my mashed potatoes soon!
Glad to see you back in the kitchen and I always look forward to baby posts, too. :)


Army Amy*     at 7:22 pm

Yum! I love mashed potatoes with the skins! Not sure how I feel about the apples, but I’ll try it!*


Sana     at 7:22 pm

I can’t imagine what it’s like having a screaming baby. Just remember, you are doing the best that you can!


Katie @ Peace Love and Oats     at 7:23 pm

That gravy recipe looks good, and SO much healthier than the gravy my dad makes…


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga     at 7:24 pm

I’m a certified lactation educator and just wanted to LYK that sage is an anti-galactagogue. Meaning, it will inhibit milk production, i.e. dry things up.

Many women will not notice any reduction in supply, but some will. Just giving you a heads up about sage.

Cullen is adorable!


leah k.     at 7:25 pm

cullen is just so adorable! just thought i would pass this on: i don’t have children but i heard two seperate stories this past week from friends about their newborn niece/nephew that cried allll the time and the parents couldn’t figure out what was wrong. well, it ended up being acid reflux which i guess is pretty common among newborns. they were given some medication and they were like a new baby. just something to think about if he keeps getting cranky and you can’t seem to calm him down.


Emily     at 7:28 pm

Have you watched the Happiest Baby on the Block DVD? I highly recommend it. There is a book too, but I think you really get a good idea of the techniques from the DVD. Sometimes babies are just going to cry, but it’s nice to have some tricks to try. I am a NICU nurse and we have showings of the DVD for our parents.


Heather Reply:

I agree about The Happiest Baby on the Block!! It helped me tremendously with my newborn. Watching the DVD doesn’t take long, and it is so helpful!


Bridget Reply:

Me too! This book should be given to every new parent. So helpful.


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} Reply:

We loved this, too. Definitely recommend the DVD over the book. You can watch it together and implement the techniques right away!


Melissa Reply:

Happiest baby on the block has been a lifesaver with our 5 week old little boy. I also have a white noise app on my phone that works wonders called baby soothe. When he screams I turn on the vacuum noise and sometimes the crying stops right away. We’ve also had some luck with gripe water when we suspect gas is the problem. Good luck! I found week 3 to be the toughest so far, for whatever reason things got better in week 4.


Nine Reply:

I can’t recommend Happiest Baby enough! Had hours of purple screaming baby before we found it! Although we found bouncing on an exercise ball worked much better for her than the swaying or ‘shaking’ he describes.
I also found the Dunstan baby language (look for it on youtube) to be incredible – it really helped us understand why she was crying, especially while we were still getting to know her.
Also, it’s 3am here, I have just fed her, and now I want mashed potatoes. No fair!!


Karen Reply:

I was going to comment that you should read Happiest Baby. It is the best baby book ever. My babies loved being swaddled very tightly…it was a lifesaver.

JenRD Reply:

I agree with the book recs! Our daughter was pretty fussy for no apparent reason th first 5 weeks or so. I began keeping a log of my diet to see if certain foods set her off, and ended up giving up milk and gassy veggies like broccoli & cauliflower. The doc said she has some reflux and gas, and we also started giving her simethicone drops, which work to break up the gas, and are not absorbed systemically. I can’t say if any of these things worked or if she just grew out of it, but didn’t hurt! The “5 S’s” still work when she does get fussy though!

Lauren @ vegology     at 7:32 pm

I never would have thought to put apples in my mashed potatoes before, but this looks fantastic!


Katy @ MonsterProof     at 7:46 pm

I never thought to put apples in mashed potatoes. I’m intrigued!


Katie @ Healthy Heddleston     at 7:53 pm

What a great idea to add apples into mashed potatoes! I really want to try this!


Kim     at 7:58 pm

mashed potatoes is my number one comfort food. I’ve never heard of using apples but I cannot wait to try your recipe. and since becoming a vegetarian I have been wanting to find a suitable gravy, so thank you!!


Angela @ PattycakesnPancakes     at 8:07 pm

This is now on my “to make” list for thanksgiving this year. Did you peel the apples of leave the skin on? Good luck with Cullen. I know it’s hard but don’t beat yourself up and just remember to breathe.


Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie     at 8:12 pm

Those mashed potatoes look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

I hope Cullen feels better soon! All day cry fests must not be fun!


Leslie     at 8:35 pm

Great to be able to search for recipes by occasion. Very smart addition to recipage. Yours is one of my favorite blogs. I have enjoyed all the recipes that I have tried. Your writing is very polished. It is apparent that you put a lot of effort into your work. Sorry your little boy had a rough day, it is tough when you can’t make it all better for them.


Jenna     at 8:38 pm

Those potatoes look delish! I also LOVE Field Roast..I can’t wait to eat it on Thanksgiving! Cullen is so cute, hopefully the screaming is just a phase he’ll quickly grow out of.


Char @ www.charskitchen.ca     at 8:48 pm

Vegan WHITE gravy?! Yumm!! I’m stoked to give this one a try!


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen     at 8:55 pm

I just got home from dinner at a friend’s house with 4 month old twins who were screaming the whole night. I feel your pain! Nothing seemed to comfort the little guys.
While the potatoes look awesome, I really want to try out that gravy. I’m obsessed with nutritional yeast lately!


Mrs. RAWnk     at 9:40 pm

That gravy looks so delicious!

Claire is having a bit of a crankster week too so I feel your pain with trying to get a chance to accomplish things!


Rachel     at 9:42 pm

Quick question: do you peel the apples?
I like a good potato hunk, myself :)


Amber K     at 10:14 pm

I totally need to make a meal of just mashed potatoes. Because that sounds incredibly delicious right now.

Hope Cullen is letting you get some sleep!


Tamicka     at 11:30 pm

Let me say another amazing potatoe recipe. I have been sick all week and wanted nothing more than mashed potatoes and gravy. Now I know that’s what I’m making tomorrow once I get home. Thanks Emily!


JL goes Vegan     at 2:20 am

Emily those potatoes and that gravy look GOOD! I’m on a gravy kick and can’t wait to try it. Thanks for the reminder about the “occasion” option on Recipage. I need to go through my recipes and make some updates!

Hope you and Cullen have an easier day today. xo


Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups     at 3:37 am

I’ve never thought of putting apples with mashed potatoes before. Sounds delicious!


Melissa     at 3:45 am

Just wanted to say that I have so been there with the crying! My now five-year-old was colicky until about six months (had definite improvement by four months). He had acid reflux and was just kind of a crier! (To this day I cringe when I hear a baby cry that certain kind of heart-wrenching,ear-piercing cry.) Gotta say, though, when he wasn’t crying he was absolutely the sweetest, funniest, most adorable baby. And after the acid reflux cleared up, he didn’t cry much at all. Good luck!!


Laine     at 3:46 am

Did he get vaccines at his appointment? That can sometimes cause crying jags. No matter the reason, I hope he feels better soon (and that you all do!)


Kathy     at 4:03 am

Very anxious to try this recipe. It looks sooo yummy. And of course, the other little bundle is quite yummy too!!! So beautiful.

I can feel for you. The screaming gets VERY frustrating, especially when you don’t know what’s wrong. My son had colic and he cried more than not for the first 6 months of his life and slept no more than 2 or 3 hours at a time. Plus I had to work, which was very stressful. But, we got thru it. Just try to be patient. When you need a break, don’t be afraid to ask for help. I wish I lived nearby that I could help. You aren’t a bad mother when you need to get away for a while. You are actually taking care of yourself so you can do better!! This phase will be over sooner than you think.


Tricia Reply:

I wanted to say the same thing. Hang in there! This phase will be over so quickly! My 2nd child cried and cried and cried for the first 3 months and then it was like overnight – she stopped. I dont know what it was, but suddenly, she was just done. Our doctor labeled her as “high needs” not colicky. I’m not sure what the difference is, or if she was just trying to be nice and not freak us out. Our Avery is still very “high needs” as in, “a pushy two year old” but we still talk about the “dark days” of her infancy. This too shall pass Emily!!!!


Emily @ Life on Food     at 4:23 am

i don’t really like mashed potatoes but i am extremely intrigued about the apple/potato combo.

your little man is so cute!


Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}     at 4:36 am

I love peels in my mashed potatoes, too! These look fantastic. I’m definitely saving this recipe.

I hope Cullen’s feeling better today! It’s so sad when you just can’t figure out what’s wrong.


Cindy     at 4:48 am

Looks yummy and I can’t wait to try this recipe. Emily do you always use fresh garlic?
Cullen sure is handsome! Congratulations!


Gabby     at 5:12 am

Yum! I just bought a veggie Field Roast! I got the apple and butternut squash one-any other Field Roast products I have to try?


emily     at 5:18 am

Your son is so gorgeous. I know you already know that though ;)

These potatoes look fantastic. Do you have any ideas about making gluten free gravy? I’ve been pureeing roasted veggies, but that’s a bit time consuming to do all the time…


Amanda     at 5:52 am

I love that you included apples, rosemary, and sage in this recipe – it just screams Thanksgiving to me. :)

And the vegan gravy? I’m so excited to give that a try!


Alayna @ Thyme Bombe     at 6:14 am

Yum! I am so ready for all of the awesome Thanksgiving recipes that are starting to pour in. Love that you mixed apples into the potatoes, I’m sure it’s delicious.


Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life)     at 6:52 am

oh, wow, these look amazing. I’d love to dig into a big bowl of comfort right now, as it’s drizzly and cold outside!


Lisa @ The Splattered Apron     at 6:54 am

Making these, ASAP! Caroline sends a kiss to her boyfriend Cullen!


jennifer @ peanut butterand peppers     at 7:05 am

I would never of thought of adding apples to mashed potaoes, I love that! I usually add apples in everything. Once my family sees I added apples to there mash, they will think I’m crazy! lol


Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count     at 7:07 am

The potatoes and the gravy sound delicious!


Dorsa     at 7:12 am

Those look ah-mazing :) and Cullen is still too cute for words :)


Kristina     at 7:22 am

I hear you on the comfort food – that’s all I’ve been craving lately, too. I have all the ingredients for this…guess I know what’s for dinner tonight :)


Missy     at 8:30 am

Two words: Gripe Water. My mom used it with me as a baby and when my preemie decided to “wake up” and woke up she did (yikes!) I used it with her. A lifesaver!! I like Mommys Bliss http://www.mommysbliss.com/. RiteAid carries it. Good luck!


Courtney     at 8:49 am

Emily, I love reding your blog! I wondered if maybe a trip to the chiropractor might help baby Cullen. It’s just an idea. I took my youngest two to one at just a few days old to make sure everythig in their spine and other body parts was well adjusted and working appropriately.


Jolene (Homespun Heritage)     at 9:44 am

As a new vegetarian (trying to be vegan) I think you have just saved my Thanksgiving! I’m seriously going to try this TODAY!


Jessica     at 9:57 am

OMG, your food looks DELICIOUS!!! Kudos for you to rockin out in the kitchen even though you have a new baby! Whenever my babies were fussy, I just nursed, nursed, nursed. Outside seemed to help calm down the fussiness too. He is beautiful and thank you for keeping up on your blogging, it makes my day to see pics of your beautiful family and inspiring food.


Teri [a foodie stays fit]     at 10:32 am

These WILL be on my thanksgiving table!

I hope I can still see you this weekend! I just landed in Seattle!


Elisabeth     at 10:42 am

Those mashed potatoes look delicious! I’m very much ready for a delicious Thanksgiving meal.

Hope you & Cullen are having a better day today and that the screaming ‘phase’ is over soon!


Madison     at 11:17 am

Completely random, but have you ever mixed potatoes and plantains? A restaurant in Cincy, Nada, does this and the combination is to. die. for. You get a nice sweetness from the plantains (like I imagine you would with the apples)! I must try this—looks quite yummy! :-)


Andrea     at 11:42 am

Hey Emily, I had the same problem with my first son Sam. It was miserable and I hate to say it lasted a while. After lots of those nights, doctors visits, etc we decided it was the dreaded “colic”. If you ever need advice, feel free to shoot me an email. I agree with the Happiest Baby on the Block books’ advice. It actually helped us some. Swaddling seemed to be our saving grace! Good luck!


Marie@feedingfive     at 11:48 am

Looks absolutely delicious, I would have never thought to put apples in mashed potatoes. I had to laugh when you said you were waiting for Cullen to give you a window of time. I remember all too well how those windows are never very big.


emily     at 12:07 pm

please tell us where you found the adorable knit hat! Or did a friend make it for you? :)


Beth     at 12:20 pm

yum yum yum!


Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles     at 12:32 pm

Oh! I like the sound of your combination for mashed potatoes! My boys love garlic mashed potatoes made with olive oil…I have lots of fresh rosemary in the garden and apples in the fridge…perhaps it is time to switch things up a bit!


Kaci     at 1:27 pm

I will definitely be making this asap! Hope the little cutie gets to feeling better soon!


Lindsey @ Lindsey Living     at 1:42 pm

Yum! This is replacing my mashed potato recipe this year for sure. Love the addition of apples!


Coco     at 6:15 pm

Poor little guy!!! At least he got to get some sleep in an give you guys a bit of a rest from the screaming.. Dinner looks YUM :)


Marian     at 6:23 pm

yum! I’m book marking your vegan gravy for thanksgiving!


Lissy     at 6:54 pm

It was about at this point that I gave up dairy to help both of my kids, that and I *loved* swaddling. I used it until 9 months with my son, and 12ish with my daughter. It helped them calm down and sleep.


Jamie @ Don't Forget The Cinnamon     at 7:13 pm

This recipe looks so good! I’m usually a mashed potater hater but you’ve got me intrigued with the additions of apple and fresh herbs!


Rachel @ My Naturally Frugal Family     at 7:18 am

Sometimes they just cry and there isn’t a reason. As a first time parent I know it is hard to know what to do. Just try not to get too frustrated when it comes to figuring out what will calm him because those can change all the time (a vacuum cleaner might work one week but not the next).
Your little man is gorgeous and I love that you provide us with so many snapshots of him.


Robin     at 8:20 am

Hi Emily, I just discovered your blog a couple of weeks ago. I feel like I’m reading about life with our first born (now 7 and a half- they grow up so fast)! She screamed a painful, blood-curdling cry almost non-stop, and the only way we could get her to stop was to strap her to us in the baby carrier and not stop moving. Also, she HATED her car seat- the five minute drive from our house to the grandparents’ was pure torture for all of us. We investigated acid reflux, but treating that didn’t seem to help. It took 3 1/2 months of trial and error to discover she had a milk and soy protein intolerance (MSPI). I was breastfeeding, and once I eliminated all milk and soy derived products from my diet, we suddenly had a happy, relaxed baby. It was unbelievable. We felt like the worst parents for making her suffer for the first 3 1/2 months of her life, but as new parents we had no idea- we had no history of food allergies in the family. I feel for you and Casey- it really made the two of us stronger as a team. Hang in there and don’t hesitate to ask for help when it gets to be too much.


Sarah     at 6:02 pm

Emily, I just made your gravy for a Thanksgiving “trial run” and it was so delicious! Even the meat eaters in the group raved over it. I’m sure this will be a staple in my house. Thanks!


Charlie @ the runner beans     at 1:32 pm

I just made the mash and it was delicious!! We had it with roasted vegetables and roast chicken, could not recommend it enough!


Jen     at 4:41 pm

I just tried the gravy last night (with instant potatoes — I know, I know) and it was super yummy! I added a touch of liquid smoke and soy sauce to it. Thanks for posting this recipe in the midst of your chaos! :)


Haley     at 6:44 am

These look amazing! …and make me more upset that we won’t be spending Thanksgiving together this year :-( I’m definitely requesting a Skype session though!


Emily Malone Reply:

Booooo I will MISS YOU! Come to Indy in December!!


Shannan     at 6:45 am

I made the gravy last night! It was so good! I added a little bit of veggie broth to give it a bit more flavor. It worked wonders!


Emily Malone Reply:

Awesome – so glad you liked it!


JessE @ Love Life From Scratch     at 6:39 pm

Made your mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving this year! Was a great variation to the normal potatoes, milk and butter mashed potatoes. Love your blog!

p.s. Your son is adorable! :)


Emily Malone Reply:

So glad you liked the potatoes!!


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Kim     at 8:47 am

I started making this gravy at Thanksgiving and have made it 5 times since! It’s my new go-to. I add a Rapunzel vegan bouillon cube and a dash of poultry seasoning and I can’t get enough. Thanks so much for an easy, delicious recipe!


Christina     at 8:05 am

I made this gravy last night as a base for a vegan shepherds pie. Oh my goodness! Good job. It was amazing!!


Emily Malone Reply:

Happy to hear you liked it!


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