Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

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These flavorful dairy-free mashed potatoes require no dairy substitutes but simple ingredients you already have on hand.

 

Dairy free , vegan mashed potatoes with caramelized onions are full of flavor, and made in only 30 minutes.

Effortless to make, they are best along hearty mains like this roasted turkeybeer-braised pot roast or meatloaf deluxe but I’ve been known to eat them alone or accompanied with vegetables.

 

I’m not 100% sure this dish originated in Bosnia but it was often made by my grandma in the Internetless (is that a word?) era. I don’t think my grandma was even literate so I know she didn’t have cookbooks from foreign countries.

 

This simple recipe was handed down from generation to generation and it was served as a winter dish in our house, often alongside sauerkraut. You have to try it, they’re made to go together!

 

If caramelized onions are not your thing, you can remove them and just use the fragrant oil to mash the potatoes with or make the regular mashed potatoes.

Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions Recipe

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Garnish dairy free mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and chives on top.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

 

~ Free Tip ~

  • For the fluffiest, smoothest mash choose potatoes high in starch, like Russet or Yukon Gold. If you like your potatoes smashed (with chunks) you can use  Idaho potatoes.
  • For even more flavor, sauté minced garlic clove with the onions.

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring potatoes and enough water to cover by 1 inch to a boil; add salt. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add onions and season with salt. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, until caramelized, 15-20 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes and return to the pan. Add the onions with all of the oil. Mash until smooth. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.

 

A bowl of delicious mashed potatoes is easy and quick to make.

These mashed potatoes with no dairy are packed with flavor from caramelized onions.

4.88 from 8 votes
Garnish dairy free mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and chives on top.
Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

These flavorful dairy-free mashed potatoes require no dairy substitutes but simple ingredients you already have on hand.

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Bosnian
Servings: 4
Author: Jas
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 pounds potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring potatoes and enough water to cover by 1 inch to a boil; add salt. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small skillet, heat the oil over medium-low heat. Add onions and season with salt. Cook the onions, stirring frequently, until caramelized, 15-20 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes and return to the pan. Add the onions with all of the oil. Mash until smooth. Season with freshly ground black pepper. Serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

~ Free Tip ~

For the fluffiest, smoothest mash choose potatoes high in starch, like Russet or Yukon Gold. If you like your potatoes smashed (with chunks) you can use Idaho potatoes. For even more flavor, sauté minced garlic clove with the onions.

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This dairy-free mashed potatoes recipe is made with no dairy substitution but simple ingredients you already have on hand. Caramelized onions make this 30 minute side dish full of flavor.

See this recipe featured on DIY 180, Intelligent Domestications, and Angie the Freckled Rose.

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52 Comment

  1. Reply
    Krista
    October 24, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I used Carisma potatoes (a low GI white potatoe) and used no salt for dietary reasons but otherwise followed recipe and was surprised when the DM not only ate her share but came back for seconds (I scaled the recipe back for 3 serves but the DM usually only eats about a 1/3 to 1/2 serve but this time she ate a full serve). thank you

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 25, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      Awwww, that really makes me happy! Thank you so much for sharing your experience, means a lot! 😀

  2. Reply
    Mrs Shoes
    October 25, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I’m going to make these potatoes tonight, but I’d be lying if I said I’m not skeptical about leaving out my milk & butter. Fingers crossed, I boldly go!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 25, 2017 at 7:17 pm

      I bet you won’t miss them, Mrs. Shoes! If you do, you can always eat a stick afterward, ha! 😉

  3. Reply
    Jhuls @ The Not So Creative Cook
    October 30, 2017 at 2:04 am

    I love anything with caramelized onions and I definitely love mashed potatoes. I am sure this tastes wonderful! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 30, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Then you would love these! 🙂 Thanks, Jhuls!

  4. Reply
    Jess
    October 31, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    These sound amazing! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      October 31, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you, Jess, for the invitation! I’d gladly share it with your group 😀

  5. Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    November 1, 2017 at 9:07 am

    What a great flavor combination – Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 1, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      😀

  6. Reply
    Natalie A
    November 1, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I am always trying to opt out on dairy products. I have never tried potatoes without dairy products. I’m glad to find this recipe and see how the potatoes taste without dairy. The onions and garlic sound like a great touch to the potatoes!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 1, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      I’m sure you’ll love them! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  7. Reply
    Randi Tisdall
    November 1, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    These sound great and I love how they are naturally vegan:) Beautiful pictures too!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you, Randi! The flavor will make you crave more 🙂

  8. Reply
    Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food
    November 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Well, “internetless” should be a word if it isn’t! These potatoes look just decadent! The caramelized onions must add such amazing flavor. I can’t wait to try this alongside some meatloaf!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 1, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Oh, no. Is it resolved yet? I like the word but not to use it with me in a sentence, lol.
      These would be great with some meatloaf for sure!

  9. Reply
    Vicky
    November 2, 2017 at 10:03 am

    Hi Jas, Im so glad I found your blog. Im constantly trying to re create my (croatian) baba’s recipes. She uses olive oil in her mash. and Garlic. lovely recipe xx

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 2, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Hi, Vicky! How cool that you want to preserve your baba’s recipes! That’s why I actually started my blog so that my granddaughters have a keepsake 😀 Thanks for visiting!

  10. Reply
    Keerthi Vydyula
    November 2, 2017 at 11:50 am

    All the recipes i tried to make mash potatoes include milk in them. This is something new. I need to give it a try!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 2, 2017 at 7:56 pm

      I hope you do. Thanks for visiting, Keerthi!

  11. Reply
    Leslie
    November 2, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Mmmmm! I love caramelized onions and I love mashed potatoes. This sounds like a marriage made in heaven! Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 2, 2017 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks, Leslie! Sometimes I think the recipes I grew up with are too simple for the blog but less is sometimes more 😉

  12. Reply
    Genie
    November 3, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Looks good!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks!

  13. Reply
    Miz Helen
    November 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    We love dairy free mashed potatoes and the caramelized onions will make them twice as delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your special post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 3, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Helen! I make these often, not because they’re dairy-free but because they’re delicious 🙂

  14. Reply
    Antonia
    November 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I love simple mashed potatoes, and your recipe is perfect! Thank you for sharing at Fiesta Friday! Happy Fiesta Friday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Antonia!

  15. Reply
    Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook
    November 4, 2017 at 5:04 am

    I am really happy that you brought this with you at this week’s Fiesta Friday party- so good! Have a lovely weekend!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 4, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      I’m happy you like it, Jhuls! Thank you!!!

  16. Reply
    Rhonda
    November 4, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    I’m a master of mashed potatoes, so I thought. I didn’t know that you could create them without milk. I’m pinning this recipe. It’s perfect for guests who can’t tolerate milk. Thanks for sharing on Sunday’s Best. I love your posts.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 4, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks, Rhonda! We live and learn, right? But these are so tasty even if you tolerate dairy 🙂

  17. Reply
    Vanessa
    November 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Awesome recipe and I am going to make these for Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it and you are one of our features this Sunday. Thank you again.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 4, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks, Vanessa! They’ll be on my Thanksgiving table too 🙂

  18. Reply
    Angie Rose
    November 5, 2017 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Jas! This looks absolutely delicious! I am such the sucker for mashed potatoes. Adding caramelized onions? Perfection! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 7, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Hi, Angie! I could eat them daily too 🙂 Thank you for the feature! I’m honored!!

  19. Reply
    Sheri
    November 6, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Oh. my. goodness. I want some. Thanks for sharing this in the To Grandma’s House We Go Link Party! It has been pinned. Remember to follow all of us and we hope to see you back this Wednesday!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you, Sheri!

  20. Reply
    Amber Harrop
    November 7, 2017 at 8:20 am

    These sound delicious I am going to try them and Thank you to your Granny for the recipe

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 7, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks, Amber! Hope you’ll like them.

  21. Reply
    Teresa
    November 7, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Hi Jas, I would never have thought about making mashed potatoes without milk, but your recipe sounds tantalizing! I have to give this a try. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty! I’ve pinned and shared!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 7, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Hi, Teresa! You should definitely try it. It’s such a good winter side.

  22. Reply
    Mary
    November 7, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Jas, these look so yummy. I would definitely gobble them up and of course add a bit of the garlic. It would make a great side dish with the turkey!

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      It goes great with the turkey, Mary! I love love love it with sauerkraut and some smoked meat. My favorite:)

  23. Reply
    Jann Olson
    November 7, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I love caramelized onions, but I would never have thought to add them to potatoes. Anxious to give these a try! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 7, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      They give potatoes such a wonderful flavor 🙂

  24. Reply
    Carrie @ Carrie's Home Cooking
    November 7, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    I just pinned your amazing potatoes, it looks delicious! Perfect for a Thanksgiving feast. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Whisk It Wednesday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Carrie

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 8, 2017 at 9:15 am

      Thank you, Carrie! Hope you’ll like them as much as I do 😀

  25. Reply
    Jann Olson
    November 7, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Jaz, I wanted to feature you at SYC tomorrow, but I’m not seeing a link party list or link back to SYC. 🙁
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 8, 2017 at 9:14 am

      Hi, Jann! Thank you for wanting to feature me. I generally add the link back to the blog I’ve been featured on in the post that has been featured. I haven’t gotten around creating a party list yet. 🙂

  26. Reply
    Carol, The Red Painted Cottage
    November 8, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Jas, This looks delicious and I can’t wait to make it. Thank you for sharing this at Share Your Style! I’ve pinned this.

    1. Reply
      Jas
      November 9, 2017 at 7:21 am

      Thank you, Carol! Hope you like it 🙂

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