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Better Than Clam Chowder

Better Than Clam Chowder

Still looking for a Christmas dish to impress your non Vegan friends?  Look no further!  Thanks to Team VPA athlete @divernate_ Nate F. for the contribution! His previous Vegan restaurant experience has made this one 5 stars and won a blind taste test at Chowder Fest!  Give it a try and let us know how you like it! 


Soups, Stews and Chowders


3/4 cup Earth Balance

3/4lb oyster mushrooms, cut across pedal into strips

1/2 tsp liquid smoke

1 1/4 cups sweet onion, small dice

1 cup carrot, peeled, small dice

1 cup celery, small dice

4 cups red potatoes, medium dice

2 cups stock

4 cups cashew milk, divided

1 1/2 bay leaves




Melt half Earth Balance in a heavy bottom stock pot, add in oyster mushrooms, season with salt. Cook on medium heat, covered, stirring often until mushrooms are soft, about 10 mins. Remove to a bowl.

In the same pot, melt other half Earth Balance, add in onion, celery, carrot and cook on medium heat until onions are translucent, about 8 minutes. Add in liquid smoke, potatoes, stock, half of the cashew milk, bay leaves. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked.

Puree 2 cups of liquids and solids and return to pot. Add mushrooms back to pot.  Add remaining 2 cups cashew milk.

Season with salt to taste.

Add 1/4 stick of earth balance at the end to round it out.

Don't be afraid to go up to 1 tablespoon of smoke

Best stock to use is Knorr paste.



The goal is salty, smokey and buttery