Since going dairy-free earlier this year there have been few things I actually miss (I’m not vegan but we don’t eat dairy and my son is allergic to eggs). Which is really quite surprising to me seeing that it wasn’t too long ago that I could put back nearly a gallon of milk a day. If milk does the body good, then more must be better, right? Umm, no. Can you say casomorphin addiction? Yeeesss.
A Displaced Cheesehead
So when one can no longer eat
cheese dairy, what the heck do you snack on during football games? Raw veggies with dairy-free dill dip is a great place to start but not always what you want with an ice cold gluten-free beer. You might want something more sinful than that (you are drinking a beer after all).
Gluten-Free Buffalo Wings
To make Traditional Buffalo Wings: check out this tutorial over at From Away. Frank’s Red Hot Sauces are gluten-free. When I make these for my guys, I make them dairy-free by using Earth Balance instead of butter. I also omit the cayenne because that would make them too hot for my little guys.
Another recipe that my guys LOVE are the Sweet and Spicy Baked Chicken Wings over at My Baking Addiction. (They’re really good!)
I happen to love a hot bowl of Chili or a Brat with sauerkraut (Coleman Natural makes a gluten-free, dairy-free bratwurst and so does Applegate Farms) with my cold brew…and a side of potato chips and French onion dip, yum!
Nevermind the dairy-free obstacle on that last idea, there’s a gluten obstacle to overcome first – Lipton
poisoned changed their onion soup mix last year when they decided to add glutonium to it. Why??? Did adding barley make it taste better or did it just make it cheaper? And if it was the latter, did it make it cheap enough to justify losing millions of gluten-free customers? I don’t get it.
But no worries my friends, their loss is our gain! We’ll just make our own French onion dip that not only tastes better, but we’ll save money while reducing our toxic chemical intake to boot! As I see it, this is nothing but a win-win!
Gluten-Free 101 Tip
**Manufacturers can change their ingredients without notice (e.g. Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix). READ LABELS EVERY TIME YOU SHOP!
I first made this dairy-free French onion dip a few months ago and my guys loved it but I shelved the recipe for a while until I could get more reliable feedback. Most mayo-based dip recipes call for half mayo and half sour cream but since Vegenaise doesn’t contain any egg, I think it can easily pass as a mayo/sour cream substitute on its own. Call me crazy.
I put the dairy-free French onion dip to the test during one of my monthly gluten-free girls’ night hooplas and I was pleasantly surprised by the enthusiastic reaction this dip received (not me – the chip dip). It was at their unanimous approval that I am sharing this recipe today, so thank you Lisa B, Lisa S., Renee, Kim and Jennifer for being my willing guinea pigs.
A French Onion Dip Photo Tutorial
I love Soy-Free Vegenaise but if you can’t locate it in a store near you, you can also make your own egg-free, dairy-free, soy-free mayo.
Do not burn the onions – caramelized and carcinogenic are two completely different things!
Mix it all up and refrigerate for several hours before serving.
Oh wait, that was a different chip, wasn’t it?
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