Delicious Dairy-Free Scalloped Potatoes Recipes

8 Awesome and Dairy-Free Scalloped Potatoes Recipes

Scalloped Potatoes
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Scalloped potatoes are a favorite side dish for holiday dinners like Easter dinner when they go especially well with ham, or for other special meals.

Aside from their delicious taste, another reason why scalloped potatoes are such a holiday favorite is because they can be prepared a day or two in advance and then baked when needed, lessening the prep time on the actual holiday.  

Scalloped Potatoes Recipes for Dairy-Free Households

But if your child or other family member can't tolerate milk or cheese, your traditional recipe may not work.

Try one of these dairy-free adaptations to keep scalloped potatoes on your table.

Red potatoes, a waxy variety, or Yukon Golds are the best choice for scalloped potatoes because they hold together better.Many recipes call for russet potatoes but these turn mushy.

Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Source: CalorieKing
Substitution: Soy drink

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Scalloped Potatoes and Onions Recipe
Source: The Baking Beauties
Substitution: Chicken broth

Best Ever Scalloped Potatoes (No Dairy) Recipe
Source: Just a Pinch Recipes
Substitution: Chicken broth

Dairy-Free Saffron Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Source: The Shiksa in the Kitchen
Substitution: Cocunut milk, almond milk

Dijon Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Source: Home Grown Organic Foods
Substitution: So Nice Soyganic

Dairy-Free Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Source: Go Dairy Free
Substitution: Water

Dairy-Free Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Source: Gluten-Free Goddess
Substitution: Unsweetened soy or non-dairy milk

Dusseldorf Potatoes Recipe
Source: Vitality
Substitution: Spring water, plain soymilk

How Scalloped Potatoes Got Their Name

First and foremost, scalloped potatoes have nothing to do with the shellfish known as a scallop. Some pundits believe the name is a derivation of the Old English word “collops” (or Old French "escalope" or "escallope") which meant to slice meat thinly, and then was applied to anything sliced thinly, like potatoes.

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

Both scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes are made with sliced potatoes baked in a creamy sauce and topped with crunchy crumbs.

literally means covered with breadcrumbs and/or cheese and then baked until brown. Vegetables such as cauliflower, green beans, eggplant or tomatoes can be prepared au gratin. Fish and seafood also can be prepared au gratin.

Scalloped potatoes refer to potatoes that have been baked in a creamy sauce (like a béchamel or white sauce) and covered with seasoned bread or cracker crumbs. The big difference between the two, then, is that potatoes au gratin typically have cheese as one of the ingredients.You will, however, see many scalloped potato recipes that call for cheese.

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