Mashed Potato Recipes

An American classic, mashed potatoes can be made in different ways: simple, creamy, with garlic and herbs, or combined with other vegetables like sweet potato and cauliflower. Find here delicious mashed potato recipes, from the old-fashioned to the ones with a modern twist!

Most Popular

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 493
Instant potatoes from the box can't compare to this homemade version.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 3.5 stars 398
Don't wait until the holidays to enjoy the honeyed flavor and velvety texture of this colorful root vegetable. Serve mashed sweet potatoes as a side dish to your favorite main dish, and you'll have them perfected by the time the holidays roll around.

Big Martha's Mashed Potatoes with Cream Cheese

Rating: 3.5 stars 355
This wonderfully creamy mashed potato recipe comes from Martha's mother, Mrs. Kostyra. What's her secret? She adds cream cheese to the mashed potatoes, along with a generous amount of butter, plus a touch of milk and cream. A mixer is used to whip the mixture into fluffy clouds for what is sure to be everyone's favorite side dish. These mashed potatoes can be made up to two hours ahead—a big win when entertaining.

Ground-Lamb and Potato "Chops" with Sambal Oelek

The recipe for these delectable potato patties filled with juicy lamb and coated in crisp breadcrumbs comes from Nik Sharma's "Season: Big Flavors, Beautiful Food." His take on the Goan specialty calls for flavoring the meat with sambal oelek and apple-cider vinegar instead of the traditional spices and coconut vinegar.

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Yukon Gold potatoes and garlic are "steamed" together in the Instant Pot, then mashed with just the right amount of milk and butter. Bonus: Making this easy side dish in the multicooker frees up precious stovetop space at Thanksgiving.

Dairy-Free Smashed Potatoes

Who needs milk or butter? These smashed potatoes rely on chicken broth for their super savory flavor.

Potato Croquettes

Rating: 3.5 stars 113
It's worth setting aside some mashed potatoes just to make these potato croquettes the next day. This finger food is a crowd pleaser and makes an ideal hors d'oeuvres for entertaining or a fun side dish. All it takes is dressing up mashed potatoes with some chopped parsley before shaping the mixture into logs and then breading and frying to golden perfection. Sprinkle with finely chopped parsley before serving and maybe even a dusting of grated parmesan or manchego cheese for a special touch.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 3 stars 668
This classic potato dish is always on everyone's favorites list for a Thanksgiving side.

Shepherd's Pie

Rating: 3.5 stars 780
You'll like the convenience of this comforting dish. Unlike other shepherd's pie recipes, this one calls for frozen vegetables instead of fresh and can be made the day before. Shepherd's pie has never been so easy—or so tasty!

Garlic-Thyme Mashed Potatoes

Potatoes can be peeled and cut up to 2 days ahead. Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container filled with water. Mashed potatoes can be made 2 hours in advance. Transfer them to a heatproof bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place over a pot of simmering water. Uncover and stir to serve.

Easy Mashed Potatoes

Yukon Golds are mashed with plenty of butter and your choice of milk or cream, then simply seasoned with salt and pepper for this traditional Thanksgiving side dish.

Silky Mashed Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars 1
It's not difficult to make this classic side dish. For our mashed potato recipe, all you need is four ingredients: Yukon gold potatoes, milk, butter, and—our secret ingredient—cream cheese, which adds richness and tang. Warming the milk and butter before adding them to the cooked poatoes is key.

Inspiration and Ideas

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
Rating: Unrated 141
Forget heavy cream, cheese, or any other of those traditional mashed potato enhancers. Sour cream adds tang, body, and a rich creaminess that cannot be matched.
Classic Mashed Potatoes
Classic mashed potatoes are the perfect side for our Roast Dry-Brined Turkey.
Herbed Mashed Potatoes
Rating: 3 stars 131

Prepare mashed potatoes, omitting herbs, up to 1 day ahead; refrigerate. Reheat in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water; stir in herbs.