19 Best Mashed Potato Recipes

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Liz Andrew/Erin McDowell

It’s a must-have dish for family gatherings and reigns supreme in the comfort food stakes, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t room for improvement. Whether you're looking for a weeknight dinner side dish or something to put on a Thanksgiving menu, here are the 19 best mashed potato recipes we recommend serving. All of which feature surprising twists, decadent stir-ins and genius shortcuts.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

1. Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Less time cooking means more time for the important stuff (like mingling and wine).

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2. Mashed Potato Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Chives

Mix mashed potatoes with cheese, shape them into patties and fry them into mashed potato fritters, the results are crispy and glorious.

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3. Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's pie as a concept is pretty awesome: beef stew baked with a layer of mashed potatoes on top. It's worthy of being served at casual family meals and weekend dinner parties alike.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

4. 15-Minute Microwave Mashed Potatoes

Need soft and creamy mashed potatoes immediately? You got it.

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Gimme Some Oven

5. Tex Mex Mashed Potatoes

Plain mashed potatoes? Boring. Enter this Tex-Mex twist with bell peppers, jalapeños, green chili and plenty of sharp cheddar cheese.

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6. Eggs and Potatoes

In this recipe, we stir some bacon into the potatoes, divide the mixture into individual portions, crack eggs into each one and bake.

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Damn Delicious

7. Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes

Totally worth the garlic breath, we promise.

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Half Baked Harvest

8. Crock-Pot Three Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Oh hello, cheddar, Gruyère and Parmesan.

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Damn Delicious

9. Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

Aka the best way to use up leftovers.

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10. Quick Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

Preparing an entire holiday meal takes a ton of time, so if there’s an opportunity to save a few precious minutes, we’ll take it. Enter this recipe for quick mashed potatoes.

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Foodie Crush


Adding milk and cheese is nothing new for mashed potatoes, but buttermilk and blue cheese? We’re in.

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Minimalist Baker

12. Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower and Mushroom Gravy

Two veggies are better than one.

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Gimme Some Oven

13. Hummus Mashed Potatoes

Creamy and customizable to your favorite hummus flavor.

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Darn Good Veggies

14. Avocado Butter Mashed Potatoes

Brighten up your Thanksgiving spread with this green-hued side dish.

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Feed Me Pheobe

15. Samosa-Style Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside.

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Spoon Fork Bacon


This lighter take on the classic holiday side swaps potatoes for mashed cauliflower and parsnip.

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Half Baked Harvest

17. Turkey, avocado, cranberry, brie and mashed potato waffle melts

Is there anything a waffle iron can’t do?

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Whitney Bond

18. Mashed Potato & Bacon Pizza

Creamy potatoes and crunchy bacon means this is guaranteed to be the star of the party.

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Oh My Veggies

19. Slow Cooker Rosemary Garlic Mashed Potatoes

No peeling or chopping required.

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