Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)

Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)

These Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries are the BEST secretly healthy comfort food. 
Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)

Cheesy fries may be synonymous with bad junk food decisions from a kebab van after a drunken night out, but my healthier version here tastes just as good with significantly less guilt and nausea the morning after.

I went for oven-baked sweet potato fries for extra fibre and nutrients, and drenched them with my favourite dairy-free cheese

Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)

The cheese is made with a base of neutral-tasting white beans, which not only provide a great base for other flavours, but also add extra protein and fibre.

The stretchy and melty aspect of the cheese is achieved thanks to mochi! Mochi are Japanese sticky rice cakes, which are made from pounding rice until it becomes sticky and glutinous (don’t worry, despite the name it is still gluten-free).
Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)It is sold in many different forms, one of them being in hard blocks, which, when melted, become sticky and gooey.

You can buy mochi in Asian supermarkets, some local health stores, or online – just make sure you get the hard, firm type that’s sold in blocks in the dry goods section. 

To create a delicious cheesy flavour I went for miso for umami, nutritional yeast for cheesiness, and vinegar for tanginess. And all of the ingredients happen to be oil-free and nut-free too! 

Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)

You can make these Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries using any type of fries you like. I went for sweet potato fries (a blend of purple sweet potatoes and regular orange sweet potatoes for extra colour!), but you could also use regular potato fries or get inventive with different vegetables…celeriac fries anyone? 

Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)

Now you just gotta load up on the toppings! I recommend:

If you come up with any other yummy garnishes, I’d love for you to let me know! 

Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)

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If you’d like to see how to make the cheese, check out this 40-second video here: 
 

Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)
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Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries (GF)
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

These Vegan Stretchy Melty Cheesy Fries are the BEST secretly healthy comfort food. 

Course: Main Course
Servings: 2
Calories: 382 kcal
Ingredients
For the sweet potato fries*:
  • 2 medium-sized sweet potatoes (I used a mixture of regular orange sweet potatoes and purple sweet potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons oil (vegetable, rapeseed, olive or coconut)
  • Salt, to taste
For the cheese:
  • 250 g (9oz) tinned white beans, drained and rinsed (haricot beans, cannellini beans or butter beans)
  • 120 g (4oz) mochi (the hard firm mochi sold in blocks)
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 heaped teaspoon miso** (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
Instructions
For the sweet potato fries:
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (350 degrees)
  2. Peel sweet potato if you wish or keep skin on
  3. Slice into thin matchsticks
  4. Drizzle with oil, add a pinch of salt and mix well
  5. Bake in oven for 20-30 minutes, mixing around a few times, until crispy and golden
For the cheese:
  1. Place the mochi in a pan with 100ml (just under 1/2 cup) water and cook on a low heat for about 5 minutes or so until mochi has melted and become sticky - until soft enough to stick gently pierce with a fork
  2. Add the white beans and continue to cook for a couple of minutes until heated through
  3. Turn off heat and add nutritional yeast, miso, vinegar, salt + pepper
  4. Use either a blender, food processor or hand-held stick blender (this is the easiest option as you can just do it in the same saucepan) and whizz until completely smooth
To serve:
  1. Place sweet potato fries on a plate
  2. Cover with the cheese
  3. Top with desired toppings***

  4. Best enjoyed immediately!

Recipe Notes

One word of caution: melted mochi is extremely sticky, so once you have removed the sauce from the pan, please soak your pan in boiling water immediately - otherwise you'll have a very tricky washing-up situation on your hands!

*I went for sweet potato fries (a blend of purple sweet potatoes and regular orange sweet potatoes for extra colour!), but you could also use regular potato fries or different vegetables, such as celeriac fries.


**If you have trouble getting hold of miso, you can substitute with soy sauce (or tamari), and add extra nutritional yeast and salt if necessary

***Suggested toppings:

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