21 Mashed Potato Recipes for Thanksgiving Dinner and Beyond

If you're here, you know that mashed potatoes are the star of any plate they are on.

<p>Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer</p>

Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer

I cook potatoes regularly for dinner but I get the most cheers when I make mashed potatoes. Fluffy mashed potatoes can be flavored boldly with garlic and greens or minimally with butter and milk, making them endlessly adaptable and never boring.

I use russet potatoes most often but Yukon Gold and sweet potatoes make incredible mashed potatoes, as well. The key to perfectly fluffy mashed potatoes is making sure they're boiled (or baked, depending on the recipe) until tender. Undercooked potatoes won’t become smooth when mashed.

When choosing potatoes, look for a firm potato with smooth skin. Store your potatoes in a cool, dry place.

Go beyond mashed potatoes and gravy this year and discover new ways to serve the versatile tuber.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Cambrea Bakes
Cambrea Bakes

Garlic mashed potatoes are delicious, whether you have a mountain of gravy or not. Roasting a whole head of garlic tames the flavor so that it doesn’t overwhelm the creamy Yukon Gold potatoes.

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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Free up room on the stove and make the mashed potatoes in the slow cooker instead. The cubed potatoes, milk, and butter all go into the slow cooker at once, resulting in easy, mess-free mashed potatoes.

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Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Perfectly creamy mashed potatoes only require five ingredients. If you’re looking for perfection, then look no further than Yukon Gold to make the creamiest mashed potatoes you’ve ever tasted.

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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Coco Morante
Coco Morante

If you like me are tired of standing over a pot of boiling water, then check out this recipe. The Instant Pot cooks the potatoes perfectly every time. No hovering required.

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Vegan Mashed Potatoes

<p>Simply Recipes / Hannah Zimmerman</p>

Simply Recipes / Hannah Zimmerman

You don’t need dairy to make creamy mashed potatoes. This recipe swaps it out for olive oil and plant-based milk. Serve with vegan gravy.

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Cauliflower Mashed "Potatoes" With Brown Butter

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Cauliflower makes an excellent stand-in for potatoes. These use the same steps to make classic mashed potatoes but offer a whole new flavor experience. You’ll want to start with a potato masher and then move to an immersion blender for the smoothest texture.

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Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips with Chives and Parsley

<p>Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer</p>

Simply Recipes / Elise Bauer

If you’re going to chop and boil potatoes, might as well add another vegetable to the pot. Parsnips look like white carrots, have a nutty flavor, and mash well. You can omit salting the mashed potatoes if you use salted butter.

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Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Yes, it’s true. You CAN make mashed potatoes ahead of time. Cream cheese and yogurt keep them creamy and add a slight tanginess. You can make these up to two days before baking or freeze them for up to two weeks ahead.

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Mashed Rutabaga with Sour Cream and Dill

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

I’ll always think of “rutabaga” as my sister Rebekah’s nickname (clever, right?). Rutabaga is a root vegetable that makes a fantastic substitute for mashed potatoes. You can use all rutabaga or combine it with potatoes for this tasty side dish.

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The Easiest 1-Ingredient Mashed Potato Upgrade

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There's something free in your house that you can add to mashed potatoes to make them incredible. What is it? Ice water. Our article explains how it works and when to add it.

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Green Mashed Potatoes

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Mashed potatoes get a festive upgrade with the addition of a bright green purée of green onions and parsley. If you don’t have a food processor, you could use a blender instead.

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Mashed Potatoes with Brown Butter, Goat Cheese, and Sage

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Instead of cheddar or Parmesan, try goat cheese the next time you make mashed potatoes. The mild soft cheese incorporates perfectly into the potatoes and is a welcome counterpart to brown butter and sage.

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Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

This one isn’t for the kid’s table. Bourbon adds a unique smoky flavor that you can’t achieve any other way. You can swap out the brown sugar for maple syrup and enjoy a maple bourbon version. For bourbon-free mashed sweet potatoes, check out this recipe.

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Potato Croquettes

<p>Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu</p>

Simply Recipes / Frank Tiu

This is the appetizer we all need. Fried mashed potato balls are easier to make than it sounds, especially if you use leftover mashed potatoes. This recipe makes 18 to 20 croquettes and are best eaten right away.

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Easy Shepherd's Pie

<p>Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon</p>

Simply Recipes / Cambrea Gordon

I always try to make more mashed potatoes than I need so that I can use the leftovers for this classic ground beef casserole. But thankfully, even if I don’t have leftovers, this recipe only uses eight ingredients and is ready in an hour.

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Mashed Potato Pancakes

<p>Simply Recipes / Nick Evans</p>

Simply Recipes / Nick Evans

There's no recipe more comforting than mashed potato pancakes. Mix your leftover mashed potatoes with an egg and a little flour. Then griddle them up in a skillet until golden brown and crispy on the edges.

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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Sally Vargas
Sally Vargas

This is a hearty, comforting casserole that satisfies everyone at the table. Below the layer of mashed potatoes you’ll find carrots, mushrooms, peas, and pearl onions. If you haven’t made a beurre manié, that’s ok. You won’t have any trouble mixing flour and melted butter and you’ll appreciate how it thickens the sauce.

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Twice Baked Potato Casserole

<p>Alison Bickel / Simply Recipes</p>

Alison Bickel / Simply Recipes

Twice baked potatoes are one of my family’s favorite ways to eat potatoes but my boys only eat the filling. This casserole saves me the trouble and serves the filling in casserole form. Then, you can repurpose the potato jacket into an easy potato skin appetizer.

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Healthy Shepherd’s Pie

Alison Bickel
Alison Bickel

You won’t be disappointed with this shepherd’s pie. It still features ground beef, vegetables, and mashed potatoes, but with a couple of twists. Cauliflower is added to the mashed potatoes and olive oil replaces the butter. You can use a mixture of frozen vegetables in place of fresh, which makes this a doable meal on a weeknight.

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Duchess Potatoes

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

Make potatoes look as pretty as a princess, or Duchess that is. You’ll need a large piping bag and a large star tip to create these swirled mounds. Your guests will love these bite-sized potatoes and they’re easy to make ahead and bake when ready to serve.

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Colcannon Cakes

Elise Bauer
Elise Bauer

If you aren’t familiar with colcannon, then now’s the time to change that. Take leftover mashed potatoes for these Irish potato patties. You can serve them for breakfast with eggs.

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