In My Kitchen: Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Pesto [VEGAN]

I found this recipe during a horrible bout of lactose intolerance in which I was involuntarily vegan. It turns out that delicious winter food and “creamy” sauces don’t need to contain dairy to be delicious!

I particularly love this garlic pesto recipe, and am looking for other things to put it on!

You’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 pounds baby gold or yellow potatoes
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2 heaping cups loosely packed fresh basil (stems removed)
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Rinse potatoes. Add to a large pot and cover with water until just submerged. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-high to achieve a low boil.

3. Cook potatoes uncovered 15-20 minutes or until fork-tender.

4. In the meantime, make garlic pesto. Add basil, garlic, lemon juice and nutritional yeast to a food processor and blend to combine. Stream in 2-3 tablespoons olive oil a little at a time until a thick paste is formed. Taste and adjust flavor and spices as needed.

5. Once potatoes are soft and tender, place on baking sheet and smash down with the bottom of a saucepan. For any larger potatoes, cut them in half first so that they will smash easier.

6. Drizzle potatoes with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.

7. To serve, plate potatoes and spoon garlic pesto over!

Source: Adapted from a recipe by The Minimalist Baker

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