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Scalloped Potatoes without Cheese

These dairy free scalloped potatoes are made without cheese, milk and without butter but are filled with incredibly delicious flavor in every bite!

dairy free scalloped potatoes in a white casserole dish on a white marble counter

I am not lying to you when I say that the first time I made these dairy free scalloped potatoes I had the urge to eat half the dish myself!

Luckily for my family, I had already eaten two stuffed artichoke bottoms with Israeli white rice on the side so I didn’t have much room left to indulge.

My favorite part is the sauce. I love creamy sauce and pretty much anything with onions and garlic is good in my book.

I have a feeling that from now on my Dairy Free Thanksgiving Spread will now include three types of potatoes: these scalloped potatoes, my insanely creamy mashed potatoes, and the roasted garlic potatoes I can never get enough of.

What’s the Difference Between Scalloped and Au Gratin Potatoes?

It is easy to confuse scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes because they’re both creamy and consist of rounds of sliced potatoes baked in a casserole dish.

The main distinguishing factor is that potatoes au gratin calls for cheese while scalloped potatoes do not.

Potatoes au gratin, on the other hand, has grated cheese sprinkled between the layers and breadcrumbs are often sprinkled on top of the dish.

Scalloped potatoes are made made without cheese and uses a white sauce between the layers of potatoes instead. The cream is often infused with an aromatic, such as garlic or fresh herbs. 

Another difference is that the potatoes used in scalloped potatoes are often a bit thicker than those in au gratin potatoes.

Which Dairy Free Milk to Use

ALMOND COOKING MILK

This is a good option. Almond cooking milk has a thicker milk like texture, unlike regularly almond milk, and is still low in calories

COCONUT MILK

I really like coconut milk because it is so creamy. However, depending on the coconut milk you use, you may end up with a light coconut flavor.

OAT MILK

Oat milk can also be a good option. It is the most environmentally and ethically friendly of all the milks and unlike most dairy free milks, it has a creamy texture like actual milk.

MIX MILKS

Another option is to combine one part coconut cream and one part almond cooking milk or oat milk. I should keep the same creamy texture but water down the mild coconut flavor.

GLUTEN FREE OPTION

Gluten-free flour isn’t known as a great option as a thickening agent.  Instead, you can use gluten free potato starch or gluten free cornstarch.

Yield: Serves 12

Scalloped Potatoes without Cheese

dairy free scalloped potatoes in a white casserole dish on a white marble counter

These dairy free scalloped potatoes are made without cheese, without milk and without butter but are filled with incredibly delicious flavor in every bite! They are perfect for Thanksgiving and year-round.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Rest Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups dairy free milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 pounds white potatoes sliced about 1/8-inch thick

Instructions

    1. Heat oil in a sauce pan and sauté onion and garlic over medium low heat. Cook until onion is softened, about 3 minutes.
    2. Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat to low.
    3. Slowly whisk in dairy free milk and broth.
    4. Bring to a boil over medium heat while continuing to whisk. Stir in salt and pepper and let boil 1 minute.
    5. Lay 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of a 9"x13" baking dish and pour 1/3 of the cream sauce on top.
    6. Repeat layers ending with cream sauce.
    7. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.
    8. Uncover and bake for an additional 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and potatoes are tender.
    9. Broil for 3-4 minutes to obtain a golden top.
    10. Allow to rest for 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 174Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 247mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 3gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

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