There is no food that is more comforting than a piping hot baked potato, dripping with vegan butter, melty (vegan) cheese and baked beans. Or perhaps you prefer yours fully loaded: spring onion, sour cream, bacon bits. The works.
A baked potato ALWAYS satisfys a craving for something that tastes like home. It is the plainest dish yet always tastes sooo good.
Until I visted America, I had no idea that some evil genius had turned my favourite sort-of convenience (if an hour in the oven is convenient) into a soup. And, wow! Was that soup the best thing I have EVER tasted.
Since becoming vegan, I have slowly realised that my old favourites (you know, the ones loaded with non-animal friendly products like butter, cheese, bacon) aren't to be relegated to the back of my memory, like a old-fashioned sweater or embarrassing family member. They CAN be recreated and, because of the ingredients, they are no longer stodgy and give you stomach ache, high cholesterol and/or weight gain: they taste lighter, more modern. More delicious.
Consider this a reason to bake extra potatoes.
The Best Baked Potato Soup (adapted from Food.com)
2 Cups of Diced Baked Potato
1 Cup Diced Onion
2 Tbsp Canola (Rapeseed) Oil
2 Tbsp Flour
4 Cups Vegan Chicken or Vegetable Stock
2 Cups Water
1/4 Cup Tapioca Starch
1 Cup Instant Mashed Potato (like Smash!!)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Chopped Fresh Thyme
1 Cup Vegan Thick Cream (I used Oatly)
Tofutti Sour Cream
Fried and Crumbled Tempeh Rashers
Bake your potatoes.
Dice and put to one side.
Gently heat the oil in a large saucepan.
Add the onion and saute until soft and translucent.
Add the flour and stir until a roux has formed.
Cook gently for a couple of minutes, to get rid of that floury taste.
Add the stock, water, tapioca starch and instant mashed potato and simmer for 10 minutes, until thick and creamy.
Carefully stir in the diced baked potato, add the fresh Thyme and season to taste. Simmer for another couple of minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the thick cream. Taste once more for seasoning and serve, topped with your favourite baked potato fixin's!