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You’ll Never Miss It Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes November 25, 2012

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

 

I know you guys may have found this recipe useful last week (my apologies), but I wanted to make sure it tested well for both food allergic as well as non-food allergic guests.  And, it did!  With a little tweaking, it was received to rave reviews!  And, nobody missed the traditional buttermilk.  So I hope you all can use this to pair with meatloaf, at Christmas, New Years and beyond…

 

Ingredients:

 

1 garlic

3 cups chicken broth

1 Tbsp Kosher salt

5 large potatoes (I used 10-11 medium-ish white potatoes), cut into 1 inch pieces

2-3 Tbsp chopped chives

2-3 Tbsp dairy-free butter/margarine

 

Cut the top off of garlic and place on a square of foil.  Drizzle with 1-2 Tbsp of chicken broth, wrap in foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

 

Place remaining broth, potatoes, and salt in large saucepan.  Heat to boil, cover and then cook over medium heat for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.  Drain, reserving broth.

 

Mash potatoes with approximately 1 1/4 cups broth and roasted garlic.  Mix in chives, dairy-free butter,  and add more broth if necessary.

 

Tip:  If you plan to bring the mashed potatoes elsewhere (say to a host’s house), you may wish to add a touch (1/4 cup or less) more broth so that the potatoes remain moist after reheating.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

 

Follow-Up Review: Gordon Biersch and Food Allergies November 15, 2012

Even though I already wrote a review on Gordon Biersch’s express restaurant at National Airport in Washington DC, I wanted to follow-up with a more general write-up having just eaten at one of their full restaurants.

 

Again, Gordon Biersch’s waitstaff was incredibly helpful and clearly trained to handle allergy questions.  They were more than willing to take all questions back to the chefs and return with workable suggestions.  For example, GB’s fries have dairy in them.  Big bummer for a 7 year old.  But the waiter came back with several possible safe side substitutions from which my son could choose.

 

GB also has both a Vegan (which, of course, means dairy and egg-free) as well as Gluten-Free Menu from which to order.  Although the vegan selections are limited, it’s nice to have them singled out.  And, if you’re a meat eater, there is certainly a lot you can have on the menu with a little tweaking.

 

Finally, when the rest of the kids were planning to order dessert, the managers at our particular GB didn’t mind us running out to grab my FA son something he could enjoy.  We really appreciated the accommodation – and so did my son!

While we wished for french fries, we all had a great experience at GB.  With their attention to food allergies in both staff training and menu, we’d certainly go back.