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Scalloped Potatoes

dairy free scalloped potatoes

What’s Easter without a decadent, creamy, bubbly, cheesy potato dish? In my husband’s family, it’s just not the same without my mother-in-law’s “Pittsburgh Potatoes,” filled to the brim with a creamy sour cream sauce and cheddar cheese, topped with crushed Ritz crackers. It’s absolutely delicious.

Since I found out I have a severe dairy intolerance, I’ve had to go without. But this year, thanks to my Instagram followers, I was challenged to create Scalloped Potatoes free of the top 8 allergens. It sounds impossible – how do you make some estimation of the iconic English dish without butter, cream, and cheese? Luckily, there are so many good substitutions available now: Soy-Free Earth Balance takes the place of butter, Oatly’s Gluten-Free Oat Milk replaces cream and Violife’s Just Like Cheddar Shreds bubble and brown up just like real cheddar. Bake up a pan for your Easter celebration – but don’t be surprised if you’re asked to make it every year.

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dairy free scalloped potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 12



  • 2 tbsp Soy-Free Earth Balance
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
  • ½ cup yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp dried thyme or tarragon
  • 2 tbsp gluten-free flour (I use Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-Free Flour)
  • 1 cup chicken stock (I use Kitchen Basics)
  • 1.5 cups alternative plant-based milk (I used Oatly Gluten-Free Oat Milk for its creaminess)
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast (check ingredients for your allergens)
  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 3 cups Violife Just Like Cheddar shreds (I bought two bags and used most of it – any Violife shreds could work here, just check for your allergens. The cheddar contains coconut and corn)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of the baking dish with Soy-Free Earth Balance.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of Soy-Free Earth Balance in a large saute pan over medium heat.
  • Add garlic and onions and cook until onions are translucent and garlic is fragrant, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the salt, pepper, smoked paprika and thyme and stir to combine.
  • Add the gluten-free flour and stir until the garlic and onions are coated.
  • Slowly add the chicken stock while stirring with a whisk and bring to a simmer.
  • Add the dairy-free milk while continuing to whisk the mixture.
  • Bring to a gentle simmer, then remove from heat and set aside.
  • Layer half of the potato rounds in the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Cover with half of the cream sauce, then sprinkle on half of the Violife Cheddar Shreds.
  • Top with another layer of potatoes, then cream sauce, then shreds.
  • Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove foil and bake for another 30 minutes, until the shreds are melted, bubbling and starting to brown.
  • Garnish with fresh thyme if you have it, and serve warm.


Note: You can make this a day ahead and reheat in the oven (350 for 10 minutes should do it) before serving
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As a former food editor and everyday home cook, I’ve spent the past 15+ years testing, tasting and saving delicious, Octofree recipes for my family. It’s with lots of love that I share the best of the bunch with you, along with tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

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