A version of this dish has made its way into many family gatherings and dinnertime for as long as I can remember. I’ll admit that Mom’s version is a little different, though many of the ingredients were easily altered to make something same for everyone in our family to eat. The key here is to ensure your potatoes are super smooth—if you have a potato ricer, you’ll want to use it. Without one, I rely on some meticulous mashing skills.
Mom's 'Dill-Cheese Potatoes' aka Creamy Cheesy Dill Potatoes
3 pounds (1.4kg) white-flesh potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces
1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into large pieces
3 cups unsweetened fatty nondairy milk, such as almond or coconut beverage (not canned), divided
1/2 cup large flaked nutritional yeast
3 tablespoons roasted tahini paste
3/4 teaspoon brown mustard
1/4 cup fresh dill, minced or 4 teaspoons dried dill
6 scallions, finely chopped (greens from all 6, whites from 3)
Fine sea or Himalayan salt to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
Cover the potatoes in cold water and refrigerate overnight. Rinse well. Put the potatoes in a large pot, cover with cold water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low—enough to maintain a rolling boil. Cool until softened, about 25 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, put the 2 cups of the nondairy milk and 2 tablespoons of the vinegar large measuring cup. Let stand about 5 minutes until curdled. Using a cheesecloth or coffee filter, strain the mixture until there is about 1 cup of curds remaining. Discard the drained liquid. Put the curds, nutritional yeast, tahini, and mustard in a food processor. Process to combine. Pour the mixture, along with 3/4 cup of the remaining nondairy milk. Bring to low heat and cook until warmed through, then remove from the burner.
When the potatoes are nearly finished, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 1 1/2 to 2 quart casserole dish.
Drain the potatoes and put them back in the pot. Mash well. Scrape the mixture into the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl. Turn the mixer to the lowest setting and slowly pour the nondairy milk mixture into the bowl, letting beat until smooth and creamy. Stir in the scallions, dill, remaining cider vinegar, and season with salt and pepper to taste, adding the remaining nondairy milk if needed.
Scrape the mixture into the prepared dish. Bake for 22 to 26 minutes, until heated through and the top starts to turn golden. Serve warm.