- 4-5 medium russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 small onion, thinly sliced
- 3 tablespoons vegan butter or olive oil
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups unsweetened plant-based milk (such as almond, soy, or oat milk)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast flakes
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Salt to taste
- Fresh thyme leaves, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
- In a medium saucepan, melt the vegan butter or heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the sliced onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes until they start to soften.
- Sprinkle the flour over the onions and butter/oil. Stir well to create a roux and cook for another 2 minutes to remove the raw flour taste.
- Gradually pour in the plant-based milk while whisking constantly to avoid lumps. Continue to cook and whisk until the mixture thickens and becomes a smooth sauce.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir in the nutritional yeast flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Let the sauce simmer for a couple of minutes to let the flavors meld.
- Layer half of the thinly sliced potatoes in a greased baking dish, slightly overlapping them.
- Pour half of the creamy sauce over the first layer of potatoes, spreading it evenly.
- Add the remaining potato slices in another layer, again slightly overlapping.
- Pour the rest of the sauce over the second layer of potatoes, ensuring they are all covered.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil or a lid. Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.
- Remove the foil during the last 10-15 minutes of baking to allow the top to brown slightly.
- Once the potatoes are cooked and the top is golden, remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.
- Garnish with fresh thyme leaves, if desired, for extra flavor and visual appeal.
Enjoy your vegan scalloped potatoes with the cheesy flavor of nutritional yeast flakes. This dish makes a great side for your plant-based meals and can even work as a comforting main course.