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Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

“These mashed potatoes are so creamy…” Name that movie quote and I have a new best friend.

To be truthful, mashed potatoes always scared me. The process sounded so painfully long and boring and required way too many tools for me to use and to wash, that I always shied away from making them. But friends, this Thanksgiving meal is all about being a painless process and these mashed potatoes are going to be the quickest and easiest you have experienced (aside from the kind you get out of a box).

No peeling required either! So full of flavor that your guests will never know they are eating a gluten, egg, and dairy-free Thanksgiving dinner. And that’s the point right? If you can accomplish this, you know you are 5 steps ahead in life. You may now give yourself a high-five for being awesome.

Garlic & Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

**Make these 30 minutes before you are ready to serve dinner**


Serves 4


  • 6 red potatoes, washed and cubed (skin still on)
  • 1 1/2 c. non-dairy milk (I used rice milk)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb dried rosemary
  • 2 Tb margarine


  1. Place potatoes into a medium saucepan. Cover with water and heat to a rolling boil.
  2. Simmer on medium heat until the potatoes are soft and fall apart with a fork. Drain.
  3. Place back into saucepan and add garlic, rosemary, and margarine. Mash with a fork.
  4. Add non-dairy milk until fully combined.
  5. Serve immediately or reheat when ready to eat.

41 Comments Post a comment
  1. julie #

    John Wayne was tall. Doesn’t margarine have lactose in it? We’re new to dairy free, so I’m still learning the ropes.

    December 29, 2012
    • Ha.Julie is a fan of “While You Were Sleeping” too! 🙂 Nice work…
      About the margarine, I should have just said “vegan butter” really, sorry for the confusion.

      January 1, 2013
  2. Mistie Jones #

    Margarine should never be used to consume, I’m kind of surprised you suggested to use it. That being said, if someone wants butter they should be adding it themselves, wouldn’t olive oil work well as a butter substitute?

    November 14, 2012
    • Hi Mistie! I actually put margarine in there because it’s my way of saying “Add whatever you want.” I know there are some who read this blog that are dairy-free (myself included) so they cannot consume butter. Some people like Earth Balance, others don’t, etc. You could definitely try using olive oil–I haven’t done so but I think you are right and it’s a great idea–it would work great! Me, personally, I like any ol’ vegan butter, which I tend to call margarine, because that is kinda what it is in my opinion 🙂

      November 15, 2012
  3. Herbivore Triathlete #

    I love that your recipes always have a short list of ingredients and are simple to make. I leave the skins on my potatoes too, I’ve recently begun to sneak in beans (cannelini) when making mashed taters. Shhh, don’t tell my husband or kids!

    November 14, 2012
  4. Can I just come to your house for Thanksgiving and ditch my 30 house guests?

    November 14, 2012
  5. ooooo. i always need potatoes in some form at any big dinner.. these mashed tatoes look awesome!

    November 13, 2012
  6. A Table in the Sun #

    I could skip anything else in the Thanksgiving meal, but my children would NEVER forgive me if I didn’t make mashed potatoes…..LOTS and LOTS.

    November 13, 2012
  7. Can we still be friends if I told you I’ve never seen While You Were Sleeping… ?

    November 13, 2012
  8. Kendra #

    “These mashed potatoes are so creamy” = While You Were Sleeping.

    November 13, 2012
    • Winner! Winner! Kendra and Cara = friends forever 🙂

      November 13, 2012
  9. Laurel #

    mmm….rosemary and garlic but are a pot and a fork too many tools or was it the potato masher that was giving you nightmares or were you one of those people that put them through a ricer and then into standing mixer? So not worth it. They taste ever so much better this way. Puhluss, I have that movie on VCR and DVD both. Bill Pullman is holiday approved for Halloween, Christmas and the 4th of July. Not bad.

    November 13, 2012
    • It’s the peeling and mashing that makes me break out in hives, new best friend 🙂

      November 13, 2012
      • Laurel #

        November 13, 2012
  10. Ooooo, I miss white potatoes! We’ve eliminated them from our diet cause of our bodies have strange side effect – well, mostly mine. My husband can’t stand the gas (because apparently women don’t fart…). Was that a little too much information then you planned for? Anyways, sweet pots make a great substitute and it would go great with the rosemary and garlic. I might use coconut oil instead of the margarine. I’m on a bit of a coconut oil kick right now!

    November 13, 2012
    • I’m all about the coconut oil too! And the gas reference. In fact, I love it so much, Suzanne–it made me laugh so hard…

      November 13, 2012
  11. These look great! I like the skins left on too but my fam prefers’s them skinless for Thanksgiving. I just posted our recipe last week. For non-holiday potatoes I like to sneak cauliflower in too.

    November 13, 2012
    • I love that idea! What a great way to sneak more veggies…

      November 13, 2012
  12. Lovely, Cara! Another one to try 🙂

    November 13, 2012
  13. Lookin’ good, Cara! Potato skin is usually best left on – it helps the potato retain all of its nutrients! 😀

    November 13, 2012
    • That’s exactly what I was thinking while I was cutting corners too 🙂

      November 13, 2012
  14. Please consider adding a “print-friendly” version button – or some way to print your recipes easily. Thanks!

    November 13, 2012
    • I would add a little So Delicious coconut creamer to make them a little more creamy, but what’s not to love about a potato mashed?

      November 13, 2012
    • Hi Krista. I am not really sure if that is possible unless I pay for self-hosting and adding it myself. Right now I am jobless and cannot afford it but once I get back on my feet, I will definitely try to make it happen.

      November 13, 2012
      • I think wordpress has free add-ons you can search in their ‘add-on’ place for ‘printer button’ or something like that? I have never paid for hosting, but I also have never added a printer button b/c I don’t write a recipe blog. Hope you are able to find employment or income through self-employment soon.

        November 13, 2012
        • I think I have that add-on actually. Sorry it’s not super easy Krista 😦 I will definitely try to fix that soon! Stay tuned… 🙂

          November 13, 2012
        • Just as I sent that reply an email came in about a new self-publishing article series on She Writes. Me thinks you could write a recipe book based on this blog.

          November 13, 2012
          • HA! You are awesome–thank you for this! I’m excited to look into it. Perhaps the job that is waiting for me 🙂 And you know, i just checked and for some reason the “print” button is missing now. Going to figure it out. Thanks for pointing it out. xo

            November 13, 2012
            • Cara, I use EasyRecipe plugin and it’s free. You can upgrade to a version that allows you to add links and such to the recipe card, but for now I use the free version – so some of my recipes have it and some of them don’t depending on what I am making. I find it really easy, so if you can’t figure the other thing out, take a look at this plugin.

              November 13, 2012
              • Awesome! Will definitely check this out…

                November 13, 2012
  15. “Mary mashed them.” While You Were Sleeping. For some unknown reason, I had the movie poster for this movie on my wall in high school. Next to a poster of Kermit the Frog dressed as a gangster. Yeah, who knows.

    These mashed potatoes look wonderful- I love the little bit of skins poking out and all the rosemary. Yum!

    November 13, 2012
    • I never said John Wayne was tall.
      Kristy, you are my woman 🙂

      November 13, 2012
  16. Hello…you know who your movie bff is. While You Were Sleeping. Give me a challenge next time 😉

    November 13, 2012
    • Mary mashed ’em

      November 13, 2012
      • HAHA!! I was so thinking about YOU when I wrote this. I *knew* you’d get. It was child’s play, wasn’t it? I will do better next time 🙂

        November 13, 2012
        • I didn’t say Caesar Romero was tall. ❤

          November 14, 2012
  17. Those mashed potatoes look divine Cara! Totally worth the work, if you ask me 🙂

    November 13, 2012
    • And the only work these require is watching them boil 🙂 ha

      November 13, 2012
      • Your biggest fan! #

        If you’re watching potatoes boil you’ve got waaayy too much time on your hands! About 28 hours to go!!!

        November 13, 2012

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