37 Ways to Make Mashed Potatoes Even More Amazing

Classic spuds in 30 minutes. Boom!

mashed potato recipes
Mike Garten

Make an old favorite extra irresistible with a few savory stir-ins. (And if you want to start with the basics, follow our guide to make the creamiest mashed potatoes ever!) Whether you only have a half hour or you can spare the whole day, we've got you covered.

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fried mashed potato balls - mashed potato recipes
Parker Feierbach
30 MIN: Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Mashed potatoes that you can eat with YOUR HANDS!

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Rustic Sour Cream and Cheddar Mash
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Rustic Sour Cream and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Many swear that sour cream is secret to tangy-but-so-creamy mashed potatoes. Well, we say take that one step further and add cheddar!

Get the recipe for Rustic Sour Cream and Cheddar Mashed Potatoes »

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classic mashed potatoes
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30 MIN: Classic Mashed Potatoes

Sometimes you just need a good old-fashioned basic. This triple-tested pick is a go-to for the GolfHr Test Kitchen.

Get the recipe for Classic Mashed Potatoes»

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Rosemary-Pecan Sweet Potato Mash
Mike Garten
30 MIN: Rosemary-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Make your classic sweet potato mash even sweeter with maple syrup and pecans.

Get the recipe for Rosemary-Pecan Mashed Sweet Potatoes »

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Mike Garten
30 MIN: Veggie Trio on Sweet Mash

Adding a scoop of kale and peppers to mashed sweet potatoes might be the tastiest way to sneak in extra veggies.

Get the recipe for Veggie Trio on Sweet Mash »

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Courtesy of Gime Some Oven
30 MIN: Tex-Mex Mashed Potatoes

Basically a fiesta in your mouth.

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Courtesy of Pickled Plum
30 MIN: Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy

These 20-minute mashed potatoes don't have cream butter or oil, but they do have an insanely delicious vegetarian gravy.

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Courtesy of Oh My Veggies
30 MIN: Cheddar Cholula Mashed Potatoes

To be honest, we were already putting hot sauce on our spuds but now it's offish.

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Courtesy of Cook Crave Inspire
30 MIN: Garlic Ranch Mashed Potatoes

This one goes out to all of you who love to dip your fries in ranch dressing.

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Courtesy of Just A Taste
30 MIN: Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles

Already thinking about how to eat your leftovers for breakfast? We got you.

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Courtesy of Just A Taste
30 MIN: Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Once again, but this time for the pancake fans.

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Courtesy of Spoon Fork Bacon
30 MIN: Mashed Purple Potatoes

Is it just us or is Thanksgiving food a little beige? No longer the case when you invite purple sweet potatoes to the party.

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spicy smoky mashed potatoes
Kate Mathis
30 MIN: Spicy & Smoky Mashed Potatoes

Fold 1 c. frozen corn, thawed, 1/3 c. reduced-fat sour cream, and 1 Tbsp. chopped chipotles in adobo into 4 c. mashed potatoes until well mixed. Serves 4 to 6.

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garlicky herb mashed potatoes
Kate Mathis
30 MIN: Garlicky Herb

Fold 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil leaves, 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese, and 1 clove garlic, finely chopped, into 4 c. mashed potatoes until well mixed. Serves 4 to 6.

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Courtesy of Skinny Taste
30 MIN: Loaded Cauliflower Mash Bake

If you're trying to keep it low-carb this Thanksgiving, swap your spuds for cauliflower. Once loaded up with bacon and cheese, you won't even know the difference.

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Courtesy of Budget Bytes
30 MIN: Spinach and Feta Mashed Potatoes

Go Greek with these spanakopita-inspired mashed potatoes. Hate peeling? Leave the skin on for a more "rustic" feel.

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Con Poulos; Food styling by Anne Disrude; Prop styling by Paige Hicks
30 MIN: Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips

Reinvigorate your mash by incorporating some sweet parsnips into the mix.

Get the recipe for Mashed Potatoes and Parsnips »

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beer cheese mashed potatoes - mashed potato recipes
Alexa Payesko
45 MIN: Beer Cheese Mashed Potatoes

You'll like potatoes so much more when there's beer involved.


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Creamy One-Pot Garlic Mash
Mike Garten
45 MIN: Creamy One-Pot Garlic Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Here's an age-old wisdom that still rings true: A drizzle of melted butter makes everything better.

Get the recipe for Creamy One-Pot Garlic Creamy Mashed Potatoes »

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smashed red potatoes with creme fraiche
John Kernick
45 MIN: Smashed Red Potatoes with Crème Fraîche

Leave your taters slightly chunky for this rustic take, made extra creamy with crème fraîche (a.k.a. fancy French sour cream).

Get the recipe for Smashed Red Potatoes with Crème Fraîche »

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Courtesy of The Recipe Rebel
45 MIN: Cheesey Stuffed Mashed Potato Puffs

Or how about some portable potato puffs oozing with cheddar? That's right, we said oozing.

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Courtesy of Minimalist Baker
45 MIN: Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Here's a recipe for vegan mashed potatoes with roasted garlic and chives that will probably make even your non-vegan friends want to dig in.

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Courtesy of How Sweet It Is
45 MIN: Buttermilk Bacon Blue Smashed Potatoes

We would happily settle down on the couch with a pint of this mash any night of the week.

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Courtesy of Wonky Wonderful
45 MIN: Mashed Potatoes with Thyme-Infused Brown Butter

Brown butter is always an ideal flavor agent, especially when it's been infused with the woodsy flavors of fresh thyme.

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kale and horseradish potatoes - mashed potatoes recipe
John Kernick
60 MIN: Kale and Horseradish Potatoes

To anyone still feeling the kale craze, these spuds are for you. With the freshness of kale and spiciness of horseradish, this dish will bring any Thanksgiving meal to life.

Get the recipe for Kale and Horseradish Potatoes »

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mashed potatoes with caramelized fennel
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60 MIN: Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Fennel

This lightened-up mash is still a contender for most delicious thing on your table, thanks to the magic of sweet, caramelized fennel.

Get the recipe for Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Fennel »

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Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest
60 MIN: Brown Butter Sage Mashed Potatoes

We suggest making extra brown butter for drizzling over every single thing you eat on Thanksgiving.

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Courtesy of Strawmary Smith
60 MIN: Cheesy Mashed Potato Green Bean Casserole

When two great sides collide and we cannot contain our joy...

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Courtesy of Chef in Training
60 MIN: Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

Let's see what happens when you mix your mash with sour cream, two types of cheese and bacon, then bake it all together. Magic. That's what happens.

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Courtesy of How Sweet It Is
60 MIN: Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes

Now add booze and bacon. Swoon.

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