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Nov 23, 2013 12:47 PM

Dairy Free Dinner Rolls?

I've been tasked with bringing dinner rolls to Thanksgiving dinner at my aunt's house. They need to be dairy free due to some allergies. Lactose-free milk is not OK to use, but almond milk is.

So, any good recipes out there for dairy-free dinner rolls? I have a good recipe for potato based, but they require dairy for the mashed potatoes used in them.

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  1. I use this recipe to make rolls. They are very simple, but are tasty and require no special ingredients.

    1. What s the dairy in your potato rolls? Earth Balance is a great non-dairy butter, or tofutti makes a good dairy free sour cream and cream cheese.
      All of these are available at trader joes as well as whole foods, and many major supermarkets now.

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      1. re: Ttrockwood

        There's milk in the mashed potatoes.

        He can't even do "dairy free" products. But I guess butter is OK, margarine is not. Who knows.... I just do what I'm told when someone else is hosting!

        1. re: juliejulez

          If he can't do have dairy, he can't have butter.

          1. re: Springhaze2

            I was told butter was OK, margarine was not.

          2. re: juliejulez

            That's easy! Just use an unsweetend almond milk or soymilk and make your regular recipe.

        2. The Grandmother Bread from has no dairy and no fat. I know... sounds like it shouldn't work, but it does. She has lots of variations that do include dairy and fat (LOVE the cornmeal rolls).

          Alternatively, if you are happy with your potato rolls, I think you can just leave out the dairy, subbing in some of the water used to cook the potatoes. My mother made great potato rolls and she never used any milk/butter when she mashed the potatoes for them.

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          1. re: onrushpam

            I hate to admit it, but the mashed potatoes I use are the instant variety, and they require milk. I guess I could try them with just water instead to see how they turn out.

            1. re: juliejulez

              Just chop up a potato and throw it in a little pot with some water, or even do it in the microwave. I've made Mom's potato roll recipe this way many times. Or, I'm guessing the boxed ones will be okay with just water. You really just want the starch and potato flavor from it.

              1. re: juliejulez

                Or use a low sodium veg broth to add more flavor than water. It will be fine

                1. re: juliejulez

                  If you can not have dairy in mashed potatoes...use chicken broth and earth balance butter. They taste so good, just as good as normal mashed potatoes, but dairy free!

              2. Great, thanks everyone. I have a lactose intolerant in my house but he's OK with some cheese and other dairy, so doing absolutely no dairy is a new one for me! I think I'll do a test run w/ the instant mashed to see how they are with water or stock instead of the milk. My potato roll recipe is my grandmother's and it's just so good, so I hope it all works out!

                1. Sorry I don't have a recipe for you, just a word of caution. I too was looking for a good recipe as 2 of my 3 kids are highly allergic to dairy and I found this. If you are preparing instant mashed potatoes I would make sure that dairy isn't on the ingredient list, as even minute quantities can trigger a allergic reaction. Fleishman's unsalted margarine is dairy free but contains soy. As Trockwood mentioned Earth's Balance has a dairy free alternative as well.