For as long as I can remember, our family birthday tradition is that my mom will make your favorite meal for the yearly celebration. I think this tradition may have ended after the year that I announced that my favorite meal was Thanksgiving dinner. And my mom, being the amazing woman that she is, spent an entire afternoon in February cooking a turkey, mashing potatoes, baking pie, and I imagine cursing me under her breath every step of the way.
Since then, our birthday celebrations have gotten a little more relaxed. My little sister’s favorite birthday request has always been fondue. A giant pot of bubbling cheese with abundant veggies and bread for dipping. What’s not to like?
You may or may not have noticed, but I have actually stopped eating dairy in the past few months. That decision probably warrants a post of its own, but in the meantime I’ve been trying to find new dairy-free ways to enjoy some of my old cheesy favorites.
I saw a recipe for a potato-based vegan fondue in Vegetarian Times magazine a few months ago, and it got me thinking about how I might make my own. I kept the potato-base that they suggested, and added a few of my other favorite ingredients to end up with a delicious and creamy vegan fondue that rivals the original.
Creamy Vegan Fondue
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 5 to 7 small Yukon gold potatoes
- 1/2 block firm tofu (not pressed)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1 cup unsweetened soy milk
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- baguette bread (for dipping)
- granny smith apples (for dipping)
Add potatoes to a pot of water, cover, and bring up to a boil. Allow them to boil for about ten minutes, or until very soft.
Once potatoes are soft, drain water and add them to a high powered blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Puree until smooth and creamy. Adjust salt seasoning to taste.
Pour fondue into a sauce pan and bring back up to heat before serving. Serve hot along with all your favorite dippers!
My personal favorite fondue dippers are crusty baguette pieces…
And crisp slices of Granny Smith apples.
I’m embarrassed to admit that Casey and I sat and ate an entire baguette and pot of fondue by ourselves. You can eat dip for dinner, right? I’m excited to finally have a dairy-free alternative to fondue, since it has always been a family favorite.
Do I think you are going to serve this to your friends and fool them into thinking it’s a melted pot of Swiss? Probably not. But I do think this is a delicious and creamy substitute, and I can’t wait to make it again.