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Old 10-22-2018, 01:21 PM
 
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Use hot boiled water or some of the potato water you cooked them in instead of milk. Vegetable margarine instead of butter. That will take care of it. A lot of families refrain from adding salt to their meals at the table so I would pre-season it with a little salt. Mashed potatoes can taste a little bland without it.

Because your guests are from out of town I wouldn't suggest asking them to bring their own potato dish.
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Old 10-22-2018, 01:28 PM
 
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I was thinking of just doing Olive oil salt and pepper. I ask this because my brother, wife and 3 kids are coming for Thanksgiving and the whole family is dairy free. I was also thinking of using Almond milk in place of cows milk. Thanks


I'm dairy free. A little margarine is fine. You really don't need any kind of milk at all.
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:01 PM
 
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I made roast potatoes the other day - new little creamer potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. They were some of the best roast potatoes I have had. At the time, I thought these were definitely Thanksgiving table worthy. If it were me, I would make these and forget about trying to fudge the mashed potatoes. I also make roast potatoes with olive oil, lemon juice, horseradish and garlic. Mix all that together, toss with potatoes with salt and pepper and roast away. Very good.



My brother's kids (10, 8 and 6) are crazy picky too. I am not used to picky eaters, and when they visited I tried to make menus that would please all. It didn't work and it didn't matter. They still didn't eat. My brother just told them they were making terrible life choices and we didn't worry about it.



I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving with you family.
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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You certainly can make them any way you want, but without milk and butter they are not true mashed potatoes or should we say traditional ones. I think given the choice you are considering I would do the almond milk but still with no butter and just olive oil you are going to have an unusual combination. What about the gravy? How do you intend to make true gravy without any milk?
gravy with milk?!?!!?!?!!


Our gravy startrs with a roux of flour and some sort of fat. Thinned with water and turkey drippings. No dairy needed at all.
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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One more tip, use yukon gold potatoes. They taste buttery naturally. And add a nice yellow color. You may want to mix in a russet for texture.
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Old 10-23-2018, 01:42 AM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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I was thinking of just doing Olive oil salt and pepper. I ask this because my brother, wife and 3 kids are coming for Thanksgiving and the whole family is dairy free. I was also thinking of using Almond milk in place of cows milk. Thanks
I never had mashed potatoes with milk until I was in high school, at the earliest. My parents grew up in the Depression. No one in either of my families used milk in the mashed potatoes. None of my friends families used milk. There was no butter mashed into the potatoes either.
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Old 10-23-2018, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I'm dairy free. A little margarine is fine. You really don't need any kind of milk at all.
using margarine is a great idea. think of all the years many of us stayed away from butter. Even growing up my parents used margarine more than real butter, so it seems safe to say margarine is a great substitute for the true thing> I sometimes think it has more flavor than some butters.
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Old 10-23-2018, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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gravy with milk?!?!!?!?!!


Our gravy startrs with a roux of flour and some sort of fat. Thinned with water and turkey drippings. No dairy needed at all.
ours starts the same way but yes, we do use a little milk and our gravy is fantastic. I can understand not using milk as well, we all do have our special way of fixing foods. there are those who actually, like my mom in law used to make her gravy with almost milk: bad in my opinion
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Old 10-23-2018, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Isn't it illegal to make mashed potatoes without milk and butter?!!!

Although, sometimes if we're out of milk and butter, I've been known to use either olive oil or vegetable oil with a bit of sesame oil added in. Pure sesame oil has a bit too much flavor. Not sure how to add in for the texture, though. Only oil gets a touch greasy. Good enough for just me, not sure I'd want to serve them to other folks.

We used to have about thirty folks over for Turkey day and there'd be all sorts of eats and can't or won't eats on their dietary lists. I finally gave up and had everyone bring their favorite dish. That way everyone has at least something they liked and with enough people, there'd be plenty for everyone. I never knew there were so many different types of vegetarians, though.

So how are you going to make gravy without milk? Does almond milk made gravy? Does it make good gravy? Maybe some sort of au jus instead of gravy?
who makes gravy with milk in it? I have never had it that way. My mom's gravy used the dripping from the turkey, chicken broth, salt and pepper then slightly thickened with cornstarch.
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Old 10-23-2018, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Bless your heart. You’re a trooper. I’d probably just go full tilt on what they eat, and then cook traditional for us after they leave.
They will be at my mom's 7 days.
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