Seasoned potato wedges are paired with vegan mushroom gravy for the ultimate sandwich in this Cajun French Fry Po’ Boy recipe from Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer by Kathy Hester.
Dennis gave me an air fryer for Christmas in 2015. I was super excited to receive it, but once I got it unpacked and set up on the kitchen counter, I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Its maiden voyage was taken while heating up a package of Trader Joe’s vegetable spring rolls. After that I occasionally used it for packaged frozen snacks and French fries, but I wasn’t too sure what else I could do with it. Then my friend Kathy Hester reached out and said she was working on an air fryer cookbook and asked if I’d be interested in recipe testing for it. I jumped at the chance to learn more creative ways to use my handy new gadget.
Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer
Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer is now available, and I’m super excited to share it with you today along with Kathy’s Cajun French Fry Po’ Boy with Vegan Mushroom Gravy recipe, which is one of my favorites from the book!
If you’re new to using an air fryer, Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer will help you get started. Kathy includes lots of tips and tricks, and she answers just about any question you might have about it. She also shares resources for her favorite air fryer accessories
If you’re an air fryer pro and want to dive right into cooking, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of recipes in Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer. Recipes range from easy breakfast dishes, such as the Quick and Easy Tofu Breakfast Sandwich and Mixed Veggie Hash, to main dish options, including Vegan Mac and Cheese with a Surprise and Country-Fried Cauliflower Steaks – two of my favorite recipes from the book.
Did you know that you can bake in your air fryer? You can! I loved the Blueberry Cake for 2 and the Carrot Cake in a Mug. Kathy includes a lot of DIY pantry staples, too, including Extra-Tangy Cashew Cheese and Savory Onion Cream.
The chapters in Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer include:
- Make It Yourself
- Healthy Snacks
- Side Dishes and Appetizers
Cajun French Fry Po’ Boy with Vegan Mushroom Gravy
One of my favorite recipes in the book is the Cajun French Fry Po’ Boy with Vegan Mushroom Gravy. A French fry sandwich? Sign me up!
In this recipe, seasoned potatoes are air fried to crisp perfect and then smothered with savory mushroom gravy and served on a hearty roll. There are a few steps involved, but it doesn’t take much time at all. I chopped my mushrooms while the potatoes were soaking, and then I cooked the gravy on the stovetop while the potatoes were crisping up in the air fryer. It only takes about half an hour in total. The best part about this meal was that Dennis and I were able to have Cajun French Fry Po’ Boy for lunch the next day!
I’ve made close to 30 recipes from Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer and I’ve loved every one of them. There are a few I’m still eager to make, such as Easy DIY Seitan Rolls, Bow Tie Pasta Chips, and Whole Foods Arancini di Riso (Italian Rice Balls). This book is going to get a lot of use in my kitchen.
If you have an air fryer, you need Vegan Cooking in Your Air Fryer!
Cajun French Fry Po’ Boy with Vegan Mushroom Gravy
french fry ingredients
- 4 medium Idaho russet potatoes, cut in half, then into planks
- 6 cups 1.4 L boiling water, for soaking the potatoes
- 2 tsp 10 ml olive oil (or use aquafaba)
- 1 tsp (3 g) cajun seasoning blend
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp granulated garlic
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
Mushroom Gravy Ingredients
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) olive oil (or use water)
- 3 cups (225 g) chopped mushrooms
- 2 tsp (10 ml) soy sauce (or use coconut aminos)
- 2 tsp (10 ml) vegan Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup (118 ml) water
- 1 tbsp (8 g) 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
Make the French Fries
Place the cut fries in a heatproof bowl or saucepan. Bring the water to a boil and then pour it over the fries, covering them. I use my tea kettle, but you can even boil the water in a large saucepan and then add in the potatoes when you take it off the heat.
Let the potatoes soak in the hot water for 15 minutes, then pour into a strainer over the sink. Once mostly dry, toss the fries in the oil (or aquafaba), Cajun seasoning, paprika, salt, garlic and black pepper.
Add the potato mixture to your air fryer basket and cook at 350°F (177°C) for 5 minutes. Then shake the basket and cook 5 more minutes.
Raise the heat to 390°F (200°C) and cook for 5 minutes, then shake the basket and cook a final 5 minutes.
Make the Mushroom Gravy
While the potatoes are cooking, 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.
Assemble the Sandwich
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 fries. Put the top piece of bread on and enjoy!
Recipe by Kathy Hester. Reprinted by permission of Page Street Publishing.