This Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potato Gratin is what side dish dreams are made of! It’s:
- easy to make
- luxuriously rich and creamy
- packed full of sweet, tender sweet potatoes!
This Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potato Gratin was inspired by this Potato Dauphinoise Gratin, which is one of my favourite side dishes ever! It’s surprisingly healthy, full of flavour, and seriously addictive too. I wondered whether sweet potatoes would work in place of potatoes…
Turns out, they work very well! Whilst the potato version is starchy and comforting, this sweet potato gratin has a velvety texture, and has an interesting sweet-savoury flavour profile. If you’re not into sweet savoury dishes, I would definitely recommend you make the potato version instead, but this sweet potato one is a must for all those sweet potato lovers out there!
The sweet potatoes don’t need to be boiled first, which makes this dish easy to throw together, and the sauce comes together quickly as it doesn’t require a blender.
The base of the sauce is unsweetened almond milk (or oat milk for a nut-free version), nutritional yeast (for a cheesy flavour), and some basic seasonings.
To thicken the sauce, I used cornflour (cornstarch) – it’s important that you mix together the cornflour and almond milk until completely dissolved before adding it to the hot pan, because otherwise it will clump up instead of being distributed evenly.
Then the hardest part is waiting for it to cook in the oven!
This Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potato Gratin would make a great side dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas and anything else in between. If making this dish for a special occasion, you can take off some of the pressure by slicing up the sweet potatoes and preparing the sauce the night before.
Just put the sliced sweet potatoes in a baking dish, pour over the sauce and leave it in the fridge until you need to put it in the oven the next day.
For more delicious vegetable side dishes, check out my:
- Apple Fig Walnut Rocket Salad
- Japanese Potato Salad
- Miso French Beans Brussels Sprouts and Walnuts
- Potato Dauphinoise Gratin
- Broccoli and Edamame with Sesame Dressing
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This Vegan Scalloped Sweet Potato Gratin is easy to make, luxuriously rich and creamy and packed full of sweet, tender sweet potatoes!
- 500 g (17oz) sweet potatoes, peeled
- 2 tablespoons oil (olive, vegetable or rapeseed oil)
- 1 onion, finely sliced
- 500 ml (2 1/4 cups) unsweetened almond milk (or sub oat milk for nut-free)
- 2 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
- 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
- 1 vegetable stock cube (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- Salt + pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 180 degrees (350 degrees)
Slice the sweet potatoes either using a mandoline, the slicer setting on a food processor, or very thinly slice them by hand (no need to peel them)
Place the sliced sweet potatoes potatoes in a large baking dish
Heat up oil in saucepan and add onions once hot
Fry on a low heat for around 10 minutes, until soft and slightly caramelised
Measure out the almond milk, and add the cornflour to the jug or measuring container and mix very well until completely dissolved
Add this almond milk + cornflour mixture, nutritional yeast, stock cube, salt + pepper and bring to a boil then turn to a low heat
Keep stirring until the sauce has thickened - it may seem very thick at this stage, but the sweet potatoes do release water whilst cooking so the sauce should definitely be on the thicker side
Pour the sauce over the sliced sweet potatoes
Cover the dish with tin foil or baking paper and bake for around 30 minutes
Take off foil or baking paper and bake for a further 15 minutes, until top is crispy and golden brown
Best enjoyed immediately!
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