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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.
Less time cooking means more time for the important stuff (like mingling and wine).
Mix mashed potatoes with cheese, shape them into patties and fry them into mashed potato fritters, the results are crispy and glorious.
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.
Need soft and creamy mashed potatoes immediately? You got it.
Plain mashed potatoes? Boring. Enter this Tex-Mex twist with bell peppers, jalapeños, green chili and plenty of sharp cheddar cheese.
In this recipe, we stir some bacon into the potatoes, divide the mixture into individual portions, crack eggs into each one and bake.
Totally worth the garlic breath, we promise.
Oh hello, cheddar, Gruyère and Parmesan.
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.
Adding milk and cheese is nothing new for mashed potatoes, but buttermilk and blue cheese? We’re in.
Two veggies are better than one.
Creamy and customizable to your favorite hummus flavor.
Brighten up your Thanksgiving spread with this green-hued side dish.
Crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside.
This lighter take on the classic holiday side swaps potatoes for mashed cauliflower and parsnip.
Creamy potatoes and crunchy bacon means this is guaranteed to be the star of the party.
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