Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Recipes

Whether velvety smooth or roughly smashed, herb-, butter- and cheese-topped mashed potatoes are the ultimate Thanksgiving side.

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Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Kelsey's no-fuss potatoes are simply mashed with half-and-half and sour cream for subtle tang. Chopped chives infuse the spuds with mellow onion flavor, intensifying as they sit in the fridge.

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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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Ultimate Potato Gratin

Tyler adds shredded savoy cabbage to his classic gratin to add a welcome crunch factor to this otherwise creamy dish. Allow the dish to cool slightly before serving –– the vegetable will gently come together, making cutting and serving much easier.

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Oven-Dried Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Intensify the earthy flavor of sweet potatoes by baking them twice. A touch of sherry and brown butter adds depth to the dish.

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Bacon-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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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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Creamy Mashed Potatoes

Ree is not messing around with her spuds. To ensure creaminess, she uses butter, cream cheese, heavy cream and milk –– and the results are stick-to-your-ribs unforgettable.

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Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

This smashed sweet potatoes recipe is easy to make and loaded with flavor. You'll love the spicy and sweet combo, too.

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Baked Mashed Potatoes with a Bread Crumb Topping

The secret to Giada's delicious mashed potatoes? Mozzarella. It melts beautifully and adds a creamy texture to every bite.

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Alton Brown's Mashers

Great mashed potatoes hate recipes. Learn Alton Brown's ratio that ensures perfectly mashed potatoes every time.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Patti LaBelle's mashed sweet potatoes are simple and comforting with warm cinnamon and sugar, but the real kicker is orange zest on top.

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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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Chive and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Tyler's chunky garlic-flavored mashed potatoes are balanced out by just a few sprigs of fresh thyme and a couple spoonfuls of chives.

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Double Potato Mash

Nigella's simple mash recipe calls for sweet and white potatoes and subtly spicy ground mace. By finishing the dish with freshly ground white pepper, she gives the spuds an extra kick.

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Mashed Potatoes with Olive Oil and Pancetta

Gabriele's mashed potatoes start with a soffrito of onions and pancetta, and they are finished off with a combination of olive oil and hot milk (no butter needed).

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Pommes de Terre a la Boulangere: Potatoes a la Bakery

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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Indian Spiced Sweet Potatoes

Fragrant and rich, this side manages a creamy texture without any cream. At only a half tablespoon of clarified butter per serving, they're not too bad on the calorie count either.

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Lemon Herb Olive Oil Smashed Potatoes

Try a lighter mash with a ton of sunny Mediterranean flavor. The leftovers are great for stuffing into piquillo peppers — and did we mention that they're vegan?

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Traditional Mashed Potatoes

A potato ricer and plenty of butter are the secrets to Michael Voltaggio's silky-smooth mashed potatoes.

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Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

This sweet rendition of twice-stuffed potatoes is all decked out in holiday flavors with nutty brown butter and warm spices.

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Velvety Mashed Potatoes

With little more than cream, butter and oil, these potatoes are all about texture — smooth, creamy and, as Tyler dubbed them, velvety.

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Vanilla Scented Sweet Potatoes

Rather than serve a kitschy marshmallow-covered sweet potato casserole, Bryan Voltaggio reinvents the dish by adding vanilla beans to his sweet potato puree.

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Carbonara Potatoes

Decadent, rich and well worth the effort, these are the mashed potatoes you've been waiting for.

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Southwest Mashed Potatoes

This ultra-chunky, flavorful mash is a Cooking Channel favorite. The charred flavor is unique and a great counter to the tang from the crema. Save some leftovers (if that's even possible) to make potato quesadillas.

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Mashed Parsnips and Potatoes

Tyler gives traditional mashed potatoes an update by adding parsnips, which add carrot-like flavor and subtle sweetness.

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Pumpkin Patch Mash

Why use a potato when you can make Spike Mendelsohn's Pumpkin Patch Mash? Brown sugar pairs great with pumpkin, and don't miss his secret ingredient: pumpkin pie spice.

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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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Malt Vinegar Mashed Potatoes With Dill

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

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Twice Baked Potatoes

Skip the mashed potatoes this year in favor of Kelsey's cheesy, tangy twice-baked potatoes that are creamy on the inside, crispy on the top.

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Fast Mashed Potatoes for Desperate Times

This recipe provides the perfect single serving of classic mashed potatoes to comfort you after a rough day or just because you want some. It can also be multiplied as needed to provide a quick, satisfying side for a holiday meal.

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Super Rich Mashed Potatoes

No joke: These are ridiculously rich. We may even love them more as a sauce or smear on a plate with vegetables or fish.

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Mashed Potatoes

This mashed potato recipe keeps it classic with heavy cream, butter, chives and one bay leaf for flavoring.

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Potato Puree

Laura Calder Frenchifies mashed potatoes by serving them as a soft, fine puree.

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Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

Here's a quick tip from Michael Chiarello: Slice your potatoes the night before Thanksgiving and let them soak in the same pan you'll cook them in the next day.

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Sage-Scented Baked Potatoes

Bake your potatoes twice in individual portions for a dish that's crunchy on the outside, creamy and flavorful on the inside.

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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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