Dad’s Pine Nut and Glazed Onion Vegan Mashed Potatoes


I’ve always thought that my dad makes the best mashed potatoes in the whole wide world. Last time he came to visit, he wanted to make mashed potatoes for me, but got all stressed out because I didn’t have any “real” butter or “real” milk in the house. I showed him the ways of vegan butter and cashew cream. Afterwards, we both went into a divine mashed potato food coma and lived happily ever after.

Dad’s Pine Nut and Glazed Onion Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Serves a holiday crowd, for a McCowan sized crowd, double the recipe.

  • 5 lbs red or gold potatoes, peeled or unpeeled and quartered (dad peels his, I don’t)
  • 4 tablespoons vegan butter, divided
  • 1 large white onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked in warm water for 4-6 hours if you don’t have a power blender)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method: Bring 8-12 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Carefully add the quartered potatoes and cook for about 40 minutes important not to over-cook, soggy, or under-cook, chunky. While the potatoes are cooking saute the onions in a couple tablespoons of the vegan butter until golden and translucent. Add the pine nuts to the onions and cook for a few minutes more until pine nuts are toasted. Next, in your blender, combine the water, lemon juice and cashews. Blend until silky smooth. Carefully drain the cooked potatoes and return to the pot. Hand mash the potatoes with the remaining vegan butter and cashew cream. Then add salt and pepper to taste. Stir onions and pine nuts into the mashed potatoes, saving some for garnish. If desired, dot the top of the mashed potatoes with additional pats of vegan butter.




    1. He’s an amazing cook, and a pound of butter guy too, but the best thing was is that he said that the vegan mashed potatoes were every bit as good as his “regular” mashed potatoes, or even better! 🙂

  1. How wonderful that your dad is so open in learning new and healthier ways of cooking the dishes he loves! That’s awesome! The best looking mashed potatoes ever. 🙂

    1. My brother who is vegan lived with my parents over the summer. They ate mostly vegan meals together. I think my dad’s developed a whole new love for vegan food as well as ways to prepare things without animal products, which of course, makes me very happy 🙂

      1. Wow, that’s super Somer! I have soooo much work to do with my family. They still don’t get it. The only thing I can do is keep enticing them with delicious “I-can’t-believe-this-is-vegan” dishes and keep answering all their questions with a very big smile!

  2. I am going to make these potatoes and your Dads stuffing too, not only because they both sound amazing but because they remind me of my Dad. He passed away several years ago. He and my mom would come to dinner at our house and every time I put pine nuts in anything he’d spit them out one at a time 😂😂😂. So as I’m eating I will be thinking of my dad enjoying the flavors but spitting out the pine nuts!

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