The 47 Best Potato Side Dishes for Every Occasion
Fried, baked, smashed, roasted, Hasselback, smothered in cheese…we love all things potato. In fact, we’ll venture to say we would eat spuds at any meal if given the chance. You probably have plenty of go-to dishes that involve fingerlings, russets and reds in your arsenal, but it’s time to switch things up from the usual (no offense, plain old mashed taters). From salt and vinegar roasted potatoes to creamy potatoes au gratin, here are the 47 best potato side dishes for any and all occasions.
For the holiday season, we suggest serving them alongside one of these Thanksgiving dinner recipes or one of these show-stopping chicken dishes. Oh, and don't forget to complete your meal with a shockingly easy-to-make fall dessert.
1. Salt and Vinegar Roasted Potatoes with Feta and Dill
This flavor combo is fabulous when paired with potato chips—but just wait until you try salt and vinegar on roasted potato chunks.
2. Loaded Baked Potato ‘Chips’
Making your own chips isn’t as tough as you think. Case in point? These loaded bites of deliciousness with bacon and sour cream.
3. Roasted Potato Galette with Crème Fraîche and Smoked Salmon
Hello, beautiful—sorry, we’re talking to that glorious potato pancake. As you layer the slices in the pan, every layer gets sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and butter. (Yes, it really is as good as it sounds.)
4. Mashed Potato Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Chives
Leftover mashed potatoes get a face-lift—just fry them into delicious fritters. Soon, you’ll be making extra just for the leftovers.
5. Cheese and Bacon Baked Potatoes
Hasselback potatoes only look fancy and fussy. They’re deceptively easy to make and an excellent pairing for any toppings. We like cheese and bacon, because duh.
6. Potato and Burrata Pizza
Slice this pie into small squares or skinny wedges and serve it as a side dish…or go all out and make it the whole damn meal.
7. 15-Minute Microwave Mashed Potatoes
There’s no need to save these babies for a special occasion—you don’t even have to boil water to make them. “Mashed potato Monday” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
8. Tortillas de Papa en Caldillo (Potato Fritters in Broth)
These Oaxacan fritters are basically mashed potatoes fortified with egg and cheese and fried until crisp. Hungry yet?
9. The Crispiest Potato Latkes Recipe of All Time
The trick to getting those crackly edges is to make sure every last drop of moisture is removed before the latkes hit the pan.
11. Oven-Roasted Beets and Potatoes
Just check out that photo—it’s practically begging to be Instagrammed. Vegetables never looked (or tasted) so good.
12. Easy Homemade Potato Chips
Yeah, yeah, you could just buy a bag of chips and call it a day. But trust us when we tell you that DIYing your own is so worth it.
13. Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Horseradish and Sea Salt
We thought we were mashed potato people through and through. But these smashed potatoes have us officially joining team crispy.
14. Domino Potatoes
Beautiful? Check. Shockingly easy to assemble? Check, check. Yep, these have holiday dinner written all over them.
15. The Best Potatoes au Gratin Ever
Every cook should have an au gratin recipe in their back pocket. This decadent dish is rich, creamy and can be made ahead—just assemble and hold in the fridge, then pop in the oven when you want to eat.
16. Grown-Up Baked Potatoes
Choose your favorite topping: creamy mushroom, spicy Brussels sprouts or balsamic caramelized onion.
17. Hokkaido Mashed Potatoes
Hokkaido potatoes are native to Japan, but you can swap in Idaho potatoes instead. And bonus, it incorporates seared mushrooms and green beans, too.
18. Indoor Campfire Baked Potatoes with Green Goddess Sauce and Crispy Shallots
Green goddess dressing is for more than just your salad bowls. Drizzle it over baked potatoes and top with crispy shallots.
20. Fancy Smoked Scalloped Potato Stacks
Time to don those chef whites—serve up this restaurant-quality potato dish and your dinner guests will be super impressed.
21. Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters
“Potato salad” doesn’t have to mean “slathered in mayo.” Fire up the grill and char some potato wedges for this arugula and fig blend.
22. Easy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
No cheese, no cream, no problem. A blend of cashews and non-dairy milk ensures these spuds are just as luxurious as their non-vegan counterpart.
23. 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.
24. Vegan Potato Salad with Herbed Tahini Sauce
This no-mayo potato salad gets its creaminess from a tahini-based dressing that you’ll want to drizzle on everything. (And best of all, it takes only a couple of minutes to blend.)
25. Potato Rösti with Sautéed Mushrooms
A crispy, buttery Swiss classic that’s about to be a new favorite on your dinner table. (And did we mention it’s ready in only 30 minutes?)
26. Roasted Potato Fries with Avocado Aioli
Who needs ketchup? This creamy, dreamy avocado aioli is the ultimate dip for fries.
27. Classic Potato Salad
Some things need no improvements. (Besides, if you didn’t bring a traditional potato salad to the potluck, did it really happen?)
28. Potato Leek Quiches
Make these cuties ahead of time, then pop them in the microwave for a fancy breakfast any day of the week.
29. Easy Roasted Potatoes
They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and seasoned just right. Pinch us, we must be dreaming.
30. Garlic-Herb Cheesy Potatoes
These potatoes have a secret. They’re topped with crushed potato chips, because more is more, people.
31. Sambal Potatoes
It’s hard to resist a platter of saucy, spicy taters. These are slathered in a blend of sambal oelek (an Indonesian chile paste), coconut milk and brown sugar for some creamy-sweet-spicy magic.
32. Brown Butter Colcannon
Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes and hearty greens. This version calls for kale, but you could also try it with cabbage or chard.
33. Crème Fraîche and Chive Mashed Potatoes
Adding milk and cheese is nothing new for mashed potatoes, but crème fraiche and chives? We’re in.
34. French Potato Salad
Ooh la la. This simple side dish is flavored with tarragon, parsley, chives and Dijon mustard for a sophisticated rendition of a fave.
36. Mediterranean Potato Salad
As much as we love a mayo-based salad, we’re also happy to mix it up with this citrusy, lightened up version.
37. Crispy Homemade Air Fryer French Fries
Dare we say it? These are even better than takeout.
38. Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Gremolata
Gremolata is an Italian condiment made from herbs, garlic, lemon and red pepper flakes. Read: It’s just what your plain roasted potatoes have been waiting for.
39. Herbed Hasselback Potatoes
Fan out all those layers so they get nice and crispy as they bake.
40. Sweet Corn Potato Salad
As if corn and potatoes weren’t already enough, this salad is tossed in a honey-Dijon dressing to really seal the deal.
41. Grilled Gorgonzola Potatoes
Never grilled potatoes before? Now’s your chance. They get creamy on the inside and a little smoky on the outside (plus, there’s blue cheese involved).
42. Nacho Loaded Potato Skins
You had us at “nacho” and then again at “loaded potato skins.” We’re never going back to tortilla chips.
43. Sour Cream and Onion Potato Bake
We’d like to lie down in a blanket of these mashed potatoes, and we’re not afraid to admit it.
44. Buttermilk Herb Smashed Potato Salad
By smashing the potatoes ever so slightly, you’ll make sure the creamy sauce gets in all the nooks and crannies.
45. Patatas Bravas
This Spanish tapa is tossed in a spicy tomato sauce and served with garlicky aioli. Are you drooling yet? We are.
46. Healthy Potato Soup
This vegan, Whole30-friendly potato soup will warm you right up.