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How to Make Creamy, Delicious Mashed Potatoes Without Milk

Mashed potatoes are the unassuming side dish that we secretly love almost as much as the turkey and pie. They're creamy, versatile, and taste good with pretty much anything. For those who love mashed potatoes but whose stomachs, diets or cooking supplies don't agree with the milk that make them so creamy, here's how to make mashed potatoes without milk this holiday season.

Mashed potatoes can be made with Yukon gold potatoes, Russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, or whichever kind you like. Make sure to cook potatoes in a large pot until fork-tender, then drain the cooking water and mash the boiled potatoes with a potato masher. Roasted garlic, garlic powder or chives adds the perfect touch of flavor! To make them super creamy, peel the potatoes before cooking them. You can also use an Instant Pot to avoid having to watch the stovetop, which allows you to cook your mashed potatoes as you prepare other sides for the meal.

This starchy root veggie gets a bad rap because of its abundance in carbohydrates, but its nutritional information is healthier than you might think. Potatoes are a great source of vitamin A, potassium, and calcium, and they're naturally low-fat and low-cholesterol. Here are 7 ways to make healthy, delicious mashed potatoes without milk.

What Can You Use Instead of Milk in Mashed Potatoes?

Most mashed potato recipes involve milk to get that fluffy texture that makes them so delicious. However, there are plenty of options to make creamy mashed potatoes that don't involve milk. Whether you've run out of milk or are vegan and need to make fully dairy-free mashed potatoes, here are some of the best milk substitutes.

1. Cream Cheese

Cream cheese will add that creamy element without using milk. Plus, you can use vegan cream cheese if you need to. Since cream cheese is much thicker and heavier than milk, you'll want to use less than the recipe calls for, and you might need to put in some water to fix the texture.

2. Heavy Cream

Heavy cream is another great option, one that will make your potatoes even creamier than milk would! Like cream cheese, you'll want to use less than the recipe calls for. Just add it in gradually until you've reached the desired texture.

3. Extra Melted Butter

You can always simply use extra melted butter to make up for not having milk. Your potatoes will be extra buttery and delicious! If you're making vegan mashed potatoes, use margarine or vegan butter like Earth Balance.

4. Plain Yogurt

Plain yogurt will add the thickness and fluffiness you want in your mashed potatoes. If you're out of milk, just add in a few spoonfuls of plain yogurt to your mashed potatoes.

5. Unsweetened Creamer

Another good option for when you're out of milk and don't have the time to pick some up is unsweetened coffee creamer. This is essentially milk, but creamier! If you're vegan, use vegan creamer for this.

6. Dairy Free Milk

Dairy free milk is made to have the same texture as cow's milk, so it's a perfect solution. However, it may affect the taste of your mashed potatoes, so mix in a little at a time and taste test to make sure you like it. You can use almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or any other kind of dairy free milk.

7. Broth or Stock

Another option is broth, which is lactose-free and gluten-free. Whether you use chicken broth or vegetable broth, it will add a better texture than just water, along with bringing some yummy flavor. Add salt after adding your broth or stock, since these tend to have a decent amount of salt in them.

Mashed Potatoes Without Milk Recipes

Here's a delectable mashed potatoes recipe that uses cream cheese instead of milk. For those who need a fully vegan mashed potatoes recipe, this one uses vegan butter to get that creamy element you want in your mashed potatoes. Enjoy your mashed potatoes without milk topped with gravy or mushroom gravy!