You say potato, we say we don’t care how you pronounce it, a potato is always welcome at our table — the more the merrier, actually! Both white and sweet potatoes are loaded with nutrition, so why not load up? You can turn them into so much, including creamy mashed potatoes, irresistible fries and hearty sweet potato casseroles. From weeknight standbys to impressive Thanksgiving side dishes, there’s no wrong way to eat a potato. Here, Tyler uses sweet potatoes, Nutmeg, thyme and garlic to give his 5-star scalloped potato gratin an earthy, rich flavor that combines perfectly with a sharper cheese like Parmesan.
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Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Simmering fresh garlic in half-and-half ensures that the cream gets the flavor of the garlic, without the bite. This gets added to cooked russet potatoes for the creamiest, most flavorful mashed dish ever.
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We took inspiration from the wildly popular baked feta pasta recipe of TikTok fame and reimagined it to create a big-batch thanksgiving side dish. The best part is no more boiling water and crowding your stovetop. Instead, we put all the ingredients together in one dish and then bake it in the oven. Cooking the dish covered helps simmer and steam the potatoes at the same time, making them smooth and fluffy when mashed. The baked feta bubbles and melts into the potatoes to lend a subtle and delicious tanginess.
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Rachael’s 30-Minute Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Rachael packs tons of flavor into this quick sweet potato side dish, mixing in bananas, orange juice, nutmeg and brown sugar.
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Meet your new favorite one-pan side dish for Thanksgiving and beyond, thanks to the perfect, melt-in-your-mouth texture and overall ease of this sweet potato creation. Simply brown thick slices in a skillet with butter, then finish in the oven to create a syrupy glaze flavored with maple and thyme. Top with toasty marshmallows for a nod to the holiday classic.
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Garlicky Potato-Rutabaga Mash
Roasted garlic and mashed rutabaga bump up the flavor of classic mashed potatoes.
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This sharp and tangy mashed potato dish is delicious and a breeze to make. There are various iterations of it: bhorta (meaning mashed) in Bengal, bharta in Northern India and chokha in Bihar. In Bengal, raw mustard oil is added to give a magical zing to the side dish, which is often served at room temperature. These scrumptious and slightly pungent mashed potatoes will add a buzz to your Thanksgiving meal and lead to some interesting discussions.
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
The more bacon, the better. This sweet side dish gets a salty kick from some crispy strips crumbled on top.
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Broccoli and fresh herbs feel right at home when mashed with creamy potatoes.
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Tender roasted potatoes get an extra boost of flavor and crunch, thanks to a crispy layer of golden Parmesan. We added a simple stir-together paprika aioli for dipping, but these flavorful little nuggets are equally delicious on their own. Serve them as a fun appetizer or as a side dish.
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Roasted bananas are Tyler’s secret weapon for sweet, rich sweet potato casserole.
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Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
These super creamy mashed potatoes could not be any easier — no dicing and no draining, and you can even make them ahead. Just set them on the warm setting in your Instant Pot so they are nice and hot when you’re ready to sit down.
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Tyler Florence relies purely on honey for sweetness when it comes to his simple roasted sweet potatoes.
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Giada’s Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs
Giada puts her own unique spin on traditional mashed potatoes by incorporating two distinctive Italian cheeses: mozzarella and Parmesan.
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In addition to milk, mascarpone cheese gives these garlic mashed potatoes a creamy consistency that contrasts with crispy Parmesan sheets.
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The Neelys’ Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes
Pat and Gina scoop out the cooked insides of these sweet potatoes and mix them with cream cheese, brown sugar, butter and lots of fall spices.
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Aligot is a comforting dish of cheesy whipped potatoes that originated in the L’Aubrac region of central France. Traditional aligot is made with Tomme d’Auvergne, a creamy young cheese that’s nutty and stretchy when melted. We opted for a more accessible combination of shredded Gruyere and fresh mozzarella, resulting in similar texture and flavor. We also added roasted garlic to our version. Top with finely chopped chives and serve right off the stove for a hearty side dish.
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Vegan Scalloped Potatoes
Nutritional yeast, which is grown on molasses and then dried out, adds a nutty cheesiness (plus an extra helping of vitamin B12) to these bubbly spuds. Silken tofu and tender new potatoes add creaminess without dairy, and browned onions give the dish a deep savoriness.
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Sunny leaves the skins on her red potatoes before mashing them with cream, butter and garlic. They’ll lend great color and texture to the dish.
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Marbled Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Don’t choose between traditional mashed potatoes and vibrant sweet potatoes. Separately, mash Yukon gold potatoes with sour cream and heavy cream and sweet potatoes with brown sugar and cayenne pepper, then swirl together for the best of both worlds.
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Ree’s buttery mashed potatoes are topped with lightly fried shallots, for a mild onion flavor and a slight crunch.
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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans and Spiced Maple Sauce
This rustic dish has all the sweet and nutty flavors of the fall in one bite, with just a hint of cayenne to finish.
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The ultimate creamy concoction, Tyler’s mashed potatoes pair perfectly with homemade turkey gravy.
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Rachael’s Autumn Potato Gratin
Traditional gratins can take hours to make and involve a lot of prepwork. Rachael’s 30-minute gratin uses coarsley chopped potatoes instead of thinly-sliced ones and an herb-infused cream that takes minutes on the stove.
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Tyler tops simple baked sweet potatoes with a sweet and crunchy streusel mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans and melted mini marshmallows.
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Smokey Spicy Mashed Potatoes
Classic mashed potatoes are given a smokey and spicy twist with canned chipotle chilies in adobo.
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Ina uses Yukon Gold potatoes for this classic Thanksgiving side. Once mashed, a touch of sour cream adds richness.
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Bacon Hasselback Potatoes
Everything’s better with bacon and this spin on super-crispy Hasselback potatoes is no exception. Scallions and herbs finish the dish.
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Think of this side dish as a mashed version of your favorite potato skins. Melty cheese and crispy bacon add an addictive flavor that will keep you coming back for more.
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Grate fresh nutmeg over these mashed potatoes right before serving for a finishing touch.
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Guy makes sweet potatoes even sweeter by sprinkling the twice-baked spuds with a sugar and pecan topping.
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Mashed Potatoes with Leeks
Keep your mashed potatoes creamy by cleaning your leeks. Before adding leeks to your mashed potatoes, make sure to clean them well since dirt and grit can get stuck in between the layers.
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Roasted cashews and shredded coconut are the salty and sweet secrets to the Neelys’ out-of-this-world sweet potato souffle.
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Sandra’s Mixed Roasted Potatoes with Herb Butter
Sandra Lee combines russet, red-skinned and sweet potatoes for a crisp, colorful potato side dish. Her herb-infused butter takes the flavor up another notch.
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Rachael’s smashed potatoes are ready in less than 20 minutes. Plus, they are simple enough to have kids get in on the cooking action.
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The Ultimate Potato Gratin
Tyler builds his gratin by layering a bacon-cabbage mixture between thinly sliced potatoes in a casserole dish, then dousing the top with cream and Parmesan. For an oniony bite, add snipped chives.
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Gorgonzola and bacon breathe richness into these mashed red potatoes. Judging by its name, it’s perhaps the most patriotic heap of mashed potatoes you’ll ever eat.
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Sweet Potato Souffle
Trisha tops sweet potatoes with pecans, brown sugar, flour and butter and bakes her casserole until slightly brown.
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Use buttermilk instead of regular milk to add richness to your mashed potatoes.
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Bobby’s Smoked Chile Scalloped Sweet Potatoes
Bobby’s twist on scalloped potatoes is as simple as it is delicious. Just thinly slice potatoes and layer in with spicy cream, salt and pepper.
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To celebrate autumn, Sunny prepares roasted fingerlings seasoned with plenty of sage and garlic for earthy flavor.
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Perfect Potatoes au Gratin
Ree calls this a “throw-together” dish because it’s so quick and simple. Just dice up potatoes (without peeling them!), mix them with a cream and butter mixture and then bake.
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For his Throwdown take on this comfort food classic, Bobby adds sweet roasted garlic and spoonfuls of rich, creamy mascarpone cheese.
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Sweet Potato-Pecan Casserole
Ellie offers up a lighter side that’s full of flavor, with lots of spices and a crunchy pecan topping.
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A sliced-tomato topping adds extra color and fresh flavor to this French take on potatoes.
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The Definitive Mashed Potato with Roasted Garlic
Michael Chiarello knows how to please a crowd, mashing Yukon Gold potatoes with three sticks of butter and roasted garlic paste.
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You can’t go wrong with these standby mashed potatoes. Just start with russet potatoes and mix in whole milk and up to a stick of butter.
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Garlic and Celery Root Mashed Spuds
Robin Miller adds celery root to mashed potatoes for an unexpected twist.
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For an elegant twist on mashed potatoes, add smashed rutabaga (yellow turnip) and top with a seasoned, toasted breadcrumb mixture just before serving.
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Sunny’s Garlic Hasselback Potatoes
Sunny’s Hasselback potatoes are baked until nice and crisp, then topped with herbed sour cream.
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Giada’s surprisingly easy homemade gnocchi is an irresistible Italian twist on the classic sweet potato side dish.
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Alton’s Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes
Alton Brown always hated sweet potatoes — until he built an episode of Good Eats around them. Instead of smothering them in marshmallows, he lets them play a leading role in this chipotle-spiced mash.
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These aren’t your mama’s mashed potatoes. Add a kick to this classic side with a dash of horseradish and some chopped scallions.
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The Neelys’ Smoky Scalloped Potatoes
The Neelys take this hearty classic filled with creamy, cheesy goodness and add smoky paprika, garlic and shallots to give it their own brand of Southern kick.
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Ina features freshly grated Parmesan cheese in her creamy mashed potatoes.
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Yogurt Mashed Potatoes with Chipotle Peppers, Goat Cheese and Caramelized Shallots
Yogurt keeps this side dish light and fluffy, while goat cheese and chipotle peppers give these mashed potatoes a flavor all their own.
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Using chipotle peppers in adobo sauce intensifies the smoky, spicy kick of this sweet potato dish.
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Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes with Mixed Herbs and Cheddar
Parsley, dill and chives make this mixed-herb dish a smashing success. Add some cheddar cheese and buttermilk for potatoes so rich they could be a meal all on their own.
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Parsnips join the big leagues for a subtle twist on a starchy favorite.
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Alton Brown says you can really enhance this classic mashed potato recipe with your favorite savory toppings: sun-dried tomatoes, bacon or sauteed mushrooms.
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Guy adds a bit of whiskey to his mixture of sweet potatoes and apples and sweetens the dish with agave nectar.
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Soul Sweet ‘Taters
Ree’s makes sweet potatoes as much a part of her Thanksgiving as the turkey. Her secret weapon in this recipe? Dark brown sugar.
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Sunny makes a simple syrup of brown sugar, butter and water to give extra sweetness to her potatoes.
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Sweet Potato Casserole
Anne roasts sweet potatoes and mixes in dried apricots, honey, cinnamon and orange juice and zest. Sprinkle with an oatmeal crisp topping for a dessert and side dish all in one.
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Roasted garlic transforms the flavor of Ree’s mashed potatoes. Cream cheese makes them rich and fluffy while also helping to balance the garlic kick.
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Celebrate Thanksgiving with a bit of French flair by serving Melissa’s buttery Parisian torte. It’s loaded with bacon and Gruyère cheese — decadent enough to warrant a spot on the holiday dinner table.
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Transform knobby celery root into a smooth puree and liven up a basic potato mash at the same time. Passing the vegetables through a food mill will yield the perfect texture.
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The Ultimate Stuffed Potato
To prepare the decadent stuffing for these toppling stuffed potatoes, Tyler makes a Mornay sauce — a bechamel to which cheese is added. Once the Mornay is ready, he folds in the cooked broccoli florets, crispy bacon bits and chopped chives for added color and texture.
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Ina’s roasted potatoes are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. The key to perfect texture is to toss the potatoes in olive oil and roast on high heat for about an hour.
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Creamy Mashed Potatoes
For an added layer of flavor and extra-smooth consistency, Ree incorporates soft cream cheese into the mashed potatoes before baking them.
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Anne’s traditional mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving standard. They rely on only garlic, heavy cream and butter for classic flavor and silky texture.
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On Thanksgiving, it’s fair to treat yourself to Trisha’s twice-baked potatoes, loaded with cheese, green onions, sour cream and crispy fried bacon bits.
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Instead of boiling potatoes in water, cut them into 1-inch pieces and simmer them directly in the milk with salt and bay leaf. Reserve the milk to add back to the potatoes (after draining and mashing) until they’ve reached creamy perfection.
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Smashed Potatoes with Garlic Oil
To simplify your prep work, opt for red smashed potatoes instead of the traditional mashed. You don’t even need to bother peeling the potatoes or mincing the garlic, thyme or rosemary. Infuse olive oil with smashed cloves, lemon zest and herb sprigs to flavor the red potatoes before smashing.
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Thanksgiving is the time to embrace nostalgic dishes like sweet potatoes with marshmallow topping. “When I make this, I feel like a kid in my mom’s kitchen. The best part is watching the marshmallows bubble and toast,” says Sunny.
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Whipped Root Vegetables
“This is a super-flavorful substitute for your standard mashed potatoes,” promises Michael Symon. So flavorful, in fact, that after you cook the root vegetables, all you need is butter and salt — no cream required.
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Ina adds even more flavor to classic mashed sweet potatoes with a can of chipotle chiles and adobo sauce. She balances out the spice with a touch of maple syrup.
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Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pecans
Sweet potatoes and pecans are two iconic holiday flavors and in this dish they actually come together. Dinner guests will love the nutty crunch of pecans in these mashed sweet potatoes.
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You’ll combin potatoes, celery root and parsnips in a food processor until they’re extra silky. Top the dish with a sprinkle of ground nutmeg for another layer of flavor.
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Root Vegetable Gratin
A mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes and celery root makes Ina’s gratin something new for your table. Plenty of cheese and breadcrumbs will ensure it’s a hit.
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For a simple variation, stir sweet, caramelized onions into creamy mashed potatoes just before serving.
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Twice-Baked New Potatoes
These double-baked spuds can be made ahead of time, so feel free to put them in the fridge before you’re ready to bake.
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Before being mashed, these sweet potatoes are roasted with maple syrup for an extra-deep, slightly sweet flavor.
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Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes
For a flavorful mashed potato twist, Tyler uses Yukon Gold potatoes and mixes in garlic, thyme and chives.
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These simple sweet potatoes are dressed up with a shortcut aioli.
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Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic, Dijon Mustard and Bacon
Sour cream isn’t just a last-minute garnish: Add some to your mashed potatoes for extra creaminess—plus, it makes the bacon and Dijon mustard really pop.
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