This French-inspired vegan scalloped potatoes recipe (Pomme Dauphinoise) is the perfect ‘cheesy’ potato-based meal for whenever you want to eat something comforting. Give it a try!
Scalloped potatoes are made using the gratin technique which means an ingredient is topped with a golden-brown crust made using cheese, eggs, butter, breadcrumbs, or a mixture of these four. Gratins are usually prepared in shallow baking dishes for a crispier texture. I used a heat-resistant glass baking dish.
This cooking technique was developed by the French and it has been widely used ever since. There are many types of gratin, most of them being potato-based, like Pomme Dauphinoise (this recipe), gratin Savoyard (boullion is used instead of cream), twice-baked potatoes, or made with pasta, seafood or other vegetables.
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Gratin Dauphinois comes from the Dauphiné region of France. This delicious recipe is made with thin slices of potatoes, layered in a baking dish, with cream, butter, garlic, cheese and beaten eggs. Even though dairy and eggs are used in the original recipe, it doesn’t mean it can’t be veganized!
There are so many different brands of vegan cheese available in stores and you can even find vegan cheese types that melt! For this recipe, I used crumbled tofu, vegan cheese, coconut oil and coconut full-fat milk as dairy substitutes.
If you want, you can try my vegan mozzarella recipe instead of buying vegan cheese. It will melt! 🙂 The result is incredibly similar to the traditional French Pommes Dauphinoise recipe.
Hope you’ll like this delicious potato gratin / vegan scalloped potatoes recipe. I loved it and it is by far one of my all-time favorite recipes. Whenever I crave a potato-based comfort meal, this is one of my go-to recipes.
- Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.
- Grease a baking dish with coconut oil. I used a ~9 x 5in Pyrex dish.
- In a medium saucepan, bring the coconut milk, garlic, salt, nutmeg, thyme and pepper to a boil. Turn off the heat and set aside.
- Scrub the potatoes very well, then slice them thinly using a mandoline or a knife and cover the slices with cold water in a large bowl. Set aside.
- Melt the coconut oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour until incorporated and cook the mixture, whisking until it thickens.
- Slowly pour the coconut milk mixture. Continue whisking, then bring to a boil and remove from heat.
- Layer ⅓ of the potatoes slices on bottom of the baking dish, pour ⅓ of the coconut sauce over them and sprinkle with 1 cup of grated vegan cheese.
- Layer the remaining potato slices and cover them with tofu crumbles and ⅓ of the coconut sauce.
- Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and sprinkle with the rest of the vegan cheese. Bake uncovered for 15-20 more minutes until golden on top.