New Orleans is known for its delicious food, but did you know that it’s also the home of the French Fry Po’ Boy? This is another in my series of posts sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. I love potatoes and I know you do too!
Traditionally, French fries are sandwiched inside of a baguette and smothered with roast beef gravy. In this vegan version, we season and bake the fries to get a crispy crust. We also make a mushroom gravy that adds extra umami to your new favorite sandwich. You’ll never miss the meat and I promise you that you won’t go hungry!
The mushroom gravy here is in between a saute and a thick gravy. I did it that way so it wouldn’t soak through the bread. I hate soggy bread! You can choose not to reduce yours as much if you want to.
I like mine dressed with slices of ripe tomato, lettuce and a spread of spiced vegan mayo, like Vegenaise. Top with a little Tabasco, Louisianna hot sauce, or Texas Pete to spice it up a little.
Not in the mood for a sandwich? Make a plate of these fries, topped with gravy, hot sauce and melt a little vegan cheese. Yum!
Serves: 4 to 6 servings
- 4 medium Idaho® potatoes, cut in half, then into planks
- Water, for cooking
- 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon olive oil (leave out to make oil-free)
- 1 teaspoon salt-free Cajun seasoning
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (dry saute to make oil-free)
- 3 cups chopped mushrooms
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce (or use coconut aminos to make soy-free)
- 2 teaspoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon tapioca starch
- Fresh, soft loaf of French or Italian bread (or whole grain or gluten-free bread)
- Sliced tomatoes
- Vegan Mayo
- Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and prepare 2 baking sheets by spraying oil or covering with parchment paper.
- Put the potato planks into a soup pot and add water until it’s about 1 inch above the potatoes. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium and simmer for 4 minutes.
- Pour into a strainer over the sink and rinse with cold tap water to stop the cooking process.
- Add the drained potatoes to a large mixing bowl and carefully toss with the olive oil, Cajun seasoning, smoked paprika, salt, garlic, and black pepper.
- Arrange the fries on the baking sheets.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then take the sheets out and flip each fry.
- Bake on the second side for 10 more minutes
- While the potatoes are baking heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot add the mushrooms and saute until they begin to release their juices.
- Stir in the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce and cook for 2 more minutes.
- Add the water and whisk in the tapioca starch. Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook until it thickens.
- Slice the bread in half lengthwise. Toast the bread if you’d like or cut into smaller sandwich pieces, slather vegan mayo and/or hot sauce on it or, serve it dressed with lettuce, tomato, and mayo.
- Layer the baked fries over the bottom piece of the bread and spread some of the mushroom mixture on top of the potatoes. Put the top piece of bread on and enjoy!