What is your favorite Thanksgiving dish? Mine is gravy, but my family keeps telling me that is not a choice. So I’ll choose mashed potatoes, since they are a preferred gravy vehicle. Here is a simple dairy-free mashed potatoes recipe that lets the other dairy-free Thanksgiving sides (Gravy!) shine. We think it is the best!
Mama’s Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes are Loved by the Whole Family
Yes, I have extended family members who insist on having both dairy and non-dairy mashed potatoes on the table. One year these dairy-free mashed potatoes were served to all of the dairy eaters by mistake, and no one noticed the swap. So don’t wear yourself out making two varieties of mashed potatoes that are only going to be buried under the other foods (Gravy!) anyway.
Plus, this will leave you with lots of dairy-free leftover possibilities. Open-face turkey sandwiches with dairy-free mashed potatoes! Potato cakes! Shepherd’s pie! You get the idea. I originally shared this favorite recipe back in 2012, but we’ve just updated it!
Special Diet Notes: Mama’s Best Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian.
- 4 pounds Russet potatoes
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus additional to taste
- ½ cup dairy-free buttery spread (or 1 stick)
- ½ cup unsweetened dairy-free creamer or soymilk (can sub your favorite milk beverage, chicken broth, or vegetable broth), or as neeed
- Bring water to a boil in a large pot.
- Peel and dice the potatoes and add them to the pot. Boil them until tender.
- Drain the potatoes in a colander.
- If you are my husband (who is our mashed potato chef), you return the potatoes to the pot and mash them with a potato masher. If you are me or anyone from my side of the family, you mash the potatoes with a potato ricer or Foley food mill and then return them to the pot. Chef's choice!
- Add the salt, buttery spread, and milk beverage to the potatoes and continue to mix until the ingredients are blended.
- Check for salt and add more milk if they aren't moist enough. Serve with all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes and lots of gravy.