15 Beyond-Basic Mashed Potatoes

Upgrade one of the most-loved dishes on your dining table with these souped-up spud recipes. 

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Truffled Cheese Mash

Here's one way to instantly increase the richness of already-indulgent mashed potatoes: Add the creamy cheese Sottocenere. It will infuse the potatoes with subtle truffle flavor without overpowering them completely.

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Red, White and Blue Mashed Potatoes

Red potatoes, blue cheese and heavy cream (the white), along with crispy bacon, make this an American dish worthy of a celebration. Allow your dairy ingredients to come to room temperature by taking them out of the fridge an hour in advance.

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Best Old-Fashioned Mashed Potatoes for a Crowd

A classic country mash means two things: unpeeled potatoes and plenty of butter. Take time when running the russets through a food mill so they remain tender and fluffy.

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Carbonara Potatoes    

This dish is decadent, rich and well worth the effort. Upgrade the pancetta to guanciale, if you can find it, which is traditionally used in carbonara. Keep the egg whites for meringues, or to make scrambled whites the next day as penance for your unbridled potato joy.

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Baked mashed potatoes with parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs

Butter, mozzarella, Parmesan and whole milk jazz up hearty russet potatoes in Giada's crowd-friendly recipe. 

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Chipotle Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Smoky peppers add depth to otherwise gently seasoned sweet potatoes in Alton Brown's easy recipe. 

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Bacon and Rosemary Red Bliss Hash

Red Bliss potatoes are perfectly suited to this happiness-evoking recipe. Take time to simmer them until fork-tender or they won’t cook evenly in your pan.

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Root Vegetable Mash

Try Chuck's twist on the classic mash: His combination of carrots, celery root, potatoes and other root vegetables results in a dish with incredible texture and great flavor.

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Mashed Potatoes with Olive Oil and Pancetta

Yukon gold potatoes are perfect for mashing, thanks to their intensely creamy centers. Olive oil adds a gently nutty flavor to this wonderful recipe. 

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Indian Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Fragrant and rich, this side has a creamy texture without any cream. With only about a half tablespoon of clarified butter per serving, the calorie count is not too bad, either.

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Lemon Herb Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes

The herbs –– in this case parsley and thyme –– lend nuanced flavors to this otherwise run-of-the-mill recipe. It never disappoints. 

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Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese

Though mild in flavor, mascarpone cheese adds great texture to Bobby Flay's mashed potato recipe.

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Pommes de Terre a La Boulangere

This recipe is as rich in flavor as it is easy in execution: Simply bake layers of potatoes and onions in a robust beef broth in a low oven and voila – perfectly tender, incredibly tasty spuds.

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Southwest Mashed potatoes

This ultra-chunky, flavorful mash was a major hit in our kitchen. The charred flavor is unique and a great counter to the tang from the crema. Save some leftovers to make potato quesadillas (if you can).

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Malt Vinegar Mashed Potatoes with Dill

Light and zippy, this mash also gets a great tang from the vinegar.

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