13 Mashed Potatoes Recipes

These mashed potatoes recipes offer inspiration for the creamiest, fluffiest, most knee-wobblingly smooth and satisfying spuds you could ever want. With ample room for variations on the classic, natch.

Two metal loaf pans filled with roasted garlic mashed potatoes with a masher resting in between them.
These roasted garlic mashed potatoes are like mashed potatoes gone to finishing school with sour cream, Parmesan, and sweetly caramelized onions suffused with red wine. Quite possibly the best mashed potatoes we’ve ever had.
A baking dish filled with mashed potatoes that are sprinkled with black pepper
These black pepper mashed potatoes are not your ordinary spuds. They’re made with plenty of butter, milk, and black pepper, of course. But the secret ingredient? A pinch of sugar to bring out the other flavors.
A wooden bowl filled with mashed potatoes and topped with a melted square of butter.
These basic mashed potatoes are exactly as described. Simple, easy, and oh-so-comforting.
A bowl of vegan mashed potatoes garnished with a sprig of rosemary with a spoon resting inside and more rosemary on the side.
These vegan mashed potatoes have all of the flavor of real mashed potatoes and none of the detriments you might expect. Extra-virgin olive oil, unsweetened non-dairy milk, and herbs do all the heavy lifting.
A pile of chanterelle mashed potatoes on a potato masher on a decorative plate.
While these mushroom mashed potatoes are good with meat, they also make an outstanding accompaniment to fish. It's an unexpected pairing but one that you'll find satisfying.
A big pot of pumpkin mashed potatoes with a pat of butter on top, wooden spoon on the side.
These mashed potatoes with pumpkin are comforting (and colorful!) thanks to the addition of pumpkin puree to creamy spuds. And you thought mashed potatoes couldn't get any better.
A potato masher pressing down in a pot of olive oil mashed potatoes.
Healthier than butter, olive oil still makes for a creamy, silky mashed potato. Add some roasted garlic for a true Italian version.
A person holding a spoonful of aligot potatoes over a copper pot.
These aligot potatoes, made with creamy mashed potatoes, cheese curds, and mozzarella cheese, are the richest, cheesiest, and most comforting potatoes we've ever tried.
Garlic mashed potatoes with melted butter and black pepper inside a copper pot, resting on a kitchen towel.
Garlic mashed potatoes are an ideal go-to side dish, anytime. They complement nearly everything you can think of and, more importantly, nearly everybody loves them. This version does away with the roasting and peeling, using a super simple method, instead.
A pot of fork-mashed potatoes with a fork resting inside.
These fork-mashed potatoes, made with just potatoes, cream, olive oil, butter, salt, and pepper, taste indulgent, yet are deceptively simple to make.
A blue bowl filled with mashed potatoes and root vegetables with a spoon resting inside.
The combination of Yukon Gold potatoes and root vegetables, like carrots, turnips, or parsnips, comes together easily and makes a comforting and satisfying side dish. You can also cook these mashed potatoes and root vegetables in a slow-cooker for even more ease.
Old frying pan with two leftover mashed potato cakes being turned by a spatula.
Leftover mashed potato cakes are the answer to Post-Thanksgiving food glut in the fridge. Leftover mashed potatoes are formed into pucks, floured, dipped in egg, and coated with panko breadcrumbs. They’re then pan-fried to crisp, golden perfection.


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