I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Potatoes are the best vegetable. Sure, they don't have
the most nutritional value and I guess it's kinda questionable as to whether they're technically real veggies, but they're just so yummy and versatile! French fries, tater tots, twice-baked, the list goes on. When it comes to Thanksgiving foods though, mashed potatoes are king. Everyone thinks the turkey is the star of the show, but really, where would that paltry poultry be without the starchy support system that is mashed potatoes? Nowhere. That's where.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, if you're not on the mashed potatoes and gravy train, now is the time to hop on. The dish is so quick and easy to make that you can whip it up in no time. Bring some to your Friendsgiving potluck or offer to cook for the fam to show off because — trust me — even though they're crazy easy to make, these recipes are far from boring. These mashed potato recipes are fun twists on the classic mash, mixing it up with everything from pumpkin to blue cheese.
But no matter how fancy they may taste, I promise these 27 easy mashed potato recipes for Thanksgiving are just that:
Thanks god for slow cookers. Those genius inventions make it simple to fix it and forget it, especially for Thanksgiving, when kitchens are bound to be chaotic. Try out
The Kitchn's crock pot potatoes for an easy side dish.
Crockpot Three Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Honestly, I can't say it enough. Bless whoever invented slow cookers. Try out
Half Baked Harvest's extra cheesy take on the dish.
Vegan Saffron Mashed Potatoes
Tori Avey's variation on mashed potatoes is flavorful and vegan! Win-win.
Make-Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole
Few things make a stressful holiday easier than being able to prep food in advance. This make-ahead potato casserole from
The Kitchn is bound to help your Turkey Day go smoothly.
Two-Ingredient No Milk Mash
Steamy Kitchen recipe has only two ingredients. One more time for the people in the back: two ingredients! It can't get much easier than that unless you decide to just plop whole uncooked potatoes on your dining table.
Garlic Ranch Smashed Potatoes
List of things that taste good with everything: garlic, ranch. Thanks to
Damn Delicious the world now has mashed potatoes that combine both of those glorious flavors. What more could you ask for?
Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Damn Delicious recipe has a slightly longer list of ingredients, but like half of them are seasonings so it's still easy, I promise!
Maple Pumpkin & Potato Mash
Nothing screams fall quite like pumpkin. Try out this
Steamy Kitchen twist on traditional taters by adding a bit of pumpkin and maple syrup for some sweetness.
Classic Creamy Mashed Potatoes
This classic recipe from
Natasha's Kitchen is simple and bound to please even the pickiest eaters.
Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
I know, I know, these are not potatoes, but
Nom Nom Paleo swears by this simple paleo variation on traditional spuds.
Slow Cooker Garlic Mash
It has lots of garlic
and is a crock pot recipe? I'm sold. Thanks Closet Cooking!
Stovetop Rustic Garlic Smashed Potatoes
You literally don't even have to peel the potatoes for this
The Kitchn recipe!
Garlic And Chive Mashed Potatoes
Buttermilk Blue Cheese Potato Mash
If you're bored by the same-old-same-old potatoes and parmesan, try subbing in some blue cheese with these
Foodie Crush mashed potatoes.
Pressure Cooker Mashed Potatoes
Pressure cookers are a bit of an investment, so no need to run out to get one just for this
Mel's Kitchen Cafe recipe. But if you do happen to have one on hand, it can help make some damn good potatoes really quickly.
Homestyle Mashed Potatoes
These homestyle potatoes are so creamy thanks to
Pass The Sushi's genuis idea of making them in a blender.
Buttery Fluffy Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Garlic And Parmesan Potatoes
Yukon Gold Garlic Rosemary Mash
Topped off with rosemary and parsley,
Tori Avey's creamy mashed potato recipe is dressed to perfection.
High Protein Garlic Mashed Beans And Potatoes
If you want some more bang for your buck, this
Oh She Glows recipe adds in mashed navy beans to a traditional recipe to amp up the protein factor. This recipe is also vegan!
Browned Butter Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Dessert Now Dinner Later says that browning the butter slightly before adding it adds a whole new dimension to otherwise pretty traditional potatoes. Sounds worth a shot to me!
Quick 'N Healthy Creamy Potatoes
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes With Coffee Gravy
Closet Cooking recipe is a little off the beaten path, but that's what makes it fun! Definitely worth a try for some more adventurous eaters.
Five-Minute Freezer Garlic "Mashed Potatoes"
I'm sorry to do this to you again, but these are also not really potatoes.
The Kitchn uses cauliflower for a healthier alternative. You don't even have to touch a stovetop or oven for this strictly-microwaveable recipe. Easy peasy. Brown Eyed Baker has a serious potato gift. The secret, she says, is melting the butter into warm milk before adding the mixture to the boiled potatoes. Good tip!
Light 'N Creamy Garlic Mash
The Comfort Of Cooking's recipe uses fat free varieties of milk, cream cheese, and sour cream to make these potatoes buttery while keeping them light and fluffy.
Cheesy Mashed Potato Puffs
OK, I know these are not mashed potatoes in their truest form, but this recipe from
The Kitchn is a perfect way to mix up your potato presentation or use up some of those inevitable Turkey Day leftovers after the fact.