Since Winter hasn't released it's chilly grip on the weather I've turned to comforting casseroles for dinner some nights.
I believe I originally found this recipe on vegweb.com approximately six years ago. I've gone back to see if I can find it to link it here and it isn't there anymore. A Google search just reveals the typical hash brown and cream of mushroom soup variety of potato casserole. I prefer this one.
I modified the original recipe by adding this and that and omitting other things. What follows is my modified recipe that is a favorite of ours and I make it once every few weeks during cooler weather.
I prefer to make the recipe using Gimme Lean Italian Sausage but have also used a soy chorizo when wanting a Mexicana or nacho flair. It is good plain, but the version with the Gimme Lean is my favorite and that is what I'll post today.
CHEESY POTATO CASSEROLE
4-5 large red or white Potatoes thinly sliced
1 medium Onion, thinly sliced or shredded
1/2 Cup (1 stick) Vegan Margarine
1/2 Cup Flour ( I use a slightly heaping cup)
3 - 1/2 Cups boiling Water
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 - 1/2 Tsp granulated Garlic
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1 Cup Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1 - 14 oz can diced Green chilies
1/2 Cup more or less Panko Bread Crumbs
** Optional - 1 pkg Gimme Lean Italian Sausage flavor
1. Preheat oven to 450˚F (232˚C). Oil a large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. If using the Gimme Lean, cube in small pieces and cook in a frying pan until brown. Set aside.
|(Gimme Lean browning in the pan)|
3. Place shredded potatoes and onions in the casserole dish, mix together then set aside. The easiest way to slice the potatoes and onions is to use a mandolin or a food processor. I use a mandolin.
|(Potatoes and onions mixed together)|
4. In a medium pan bring 3.5 cups of water to a boil. In a separate large saucepan melt the margarine over medium low heat and then add flour and whisk together. Slowly add the boiling water while whisking together. Then add soy sauce, granulated garlic, and turmeric and keep whisking until sauce is thick and bubbling. About 2-3 minutes depending on your stove.
5. Add nutritional yeast and green chillies and mix thoroughly. If using Gimme Lean add it to the sauce now.
|(Sauce prior to adding Gimme Lean)|
|(Ready for the Panko)|
|(Topped with Panko and ready for the oven)|
|(Fresh from the oven - steam obscured a sharp focus)|
9. Remove from oven and let rest 5-8 minutes until the sauce stops bubbling.
Serve and enjoy. You can serve this with crusty bread if carbs are not an issue. It is also good with a side of steamed broccoli or a side salad. We usually just have it on its own topped with a little jalapeno hot sauce for a kick.
|("Cheesy" goodness - definitely not a health food)|
" Most of the food allergies die under garlic and onion." - Martin H. Fischer