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Dec 18, 2006 03:17 AM

Lactose-free mashed potatoes? (No butter, milk, etc.)

Hi all. My mom is completely lactose intolerant–the various pills and potions don't help her at all, and she hasn't had any mashed potatoes, well, nothing other than smushed boiled potatos, in quite a long time. I was wondering if anyone had any recipes that would work for her... Would water or margerine be an adequate substitute in recipes that call for milk and/or water?


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  1. How about chicken stock/broth combined with some olive oil and/or margarine. And be sure to use Yukon Gold potatoes, so you get the yellow colour and a sweet, almost buttery flavour.

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    1. re: FlavoursGal

      I second this...and if you have it, just a bit of saffron.

      1. re: FlavoursGal

        You may want to be careful around Margarine. I know most margarine contains Whey, and most people who are lactose intolerant (like myself) can't even have that. :(

      2. Use lactose-free sour cream. You can get it at many grocery stores. It is one milk product that doesn't get a strange sweetness when it is lactose-free (unlike the Lactaid milk). Then add some of this and margarine to taste.

        Also, why not add some roasted garlic to add a little flavor? I find the marg. & Sour cream add texture.

        1. I'm in a similar position (about the cooking) right now, and in researching posible alternatives, I've read that margarine may contain trace amounts of lactose. While it shouldn't be an issue, you still might want to take this into consideration since it sounds like your mother is extremely intolerant.

          In any case, other than the already mentioned alternatives, what about soy milk or silken tofu to add to the texture? Neither has much of a flavour of their own, and if you punch up the flavour of the potatoes with something like roasted garlic, you may never notice the addition of soy products.

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          1. re: Ali

            If you can find Mother's brand margarine, that's what you should use. It's pareve, which means it has to be 100% dairy free. It is increasingly difficult to find dairy-free margarine, but I believe Fleischman's sticks used to fit the bill. If your supermarket refrigerator case has a kosher section, that's where you'd find it.

          2. swansons has a recipe for 'skinny mashed potatoes' made with their chicken broth. i made it a while back, and the potatoes were surprisingly smooth and really delicious.

            recipe is here:


            1. I love heating olive oil with rosemary and garlic and drizzling it onto my mashed potatoes. The olive oil infused with herbs and garlic makes me forget all about the cream.

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              1. re: csw

                Yeah... SO uses no milk... just olive oil...