27 Thanksgiving Mashed Potato Recipes So Good, You’ll Need To Make Extra

by Nina Matti

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: super easy.


Slow Cooker 'Taters

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

This 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

This 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

This Natasha's Kitchen recipe is so classic, yet still flavorful. I'm in.


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

A Spicy Perspective swears this is her Very Best Mashed Potato recipe. I'm sold.


Roasted Garlic And Parmesan Potatoes

Parmesan cheese. Roasted garlic. Lots of roasted garlic. Yay Mel's Kitchen Cafe!


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

Making Thyme For Health uses Greek yogurt instead of sour cream for a healthier twist on taters. So smart.


Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes With Coffee Gravy

This 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.


Smashed Yukon Golds

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.