Our Best Mashed Potato Recipes That Will Smash Your Expectations

Laced with béchamel, topped with noodles, and more ways to love mashed potatoes

In all of their starchy glory, potatoes are arguably one of the most versatile vegetables. You can roast them or bake them or fry them, but it's still hard to beat mashed potatoes. They're creamy and pillowy and delicious, especially as a fall or winter side dish. In the fall, sweet potatoes are a particularly good side dish, whether in a casserole or smashed with maple butter. Are you over traditional mashed potatoes? Try mashing your potatoes with avocado instead of butter. With recipes like mashed potato dumplings, mashed potatoes in a salad, and even fluffy brownies with mashed potatoes in the batter, our best mashed potato recipes prove the possibilities are endless for this creamy comfort food.

Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad
Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad
Homemade lemon mayonnaise adds zesty flavor to these tender, coarsely mashed potatoes. Get the recipe for Lemon Mayonnaise Smashed Potato Salad »Gemma and Andrew Ingalls
Swedish Potato Dumplings Stuffed with Bacon and Onion (Kroppkakor)
Swedish Potato Dumplings Stuffed with Bacon and Onion (Kroppkakor)
Kroppkakor, hearty mashed potato dumplings stuffed with an allspice-laden filling of bacon and onion, are a specialty of Oland, an island off the southern coast of Sweden. Get the recipe for Swedish Potato Dumplings Stuffed with Bacon and Onion (Kroppkakor) »Ingalls Photography
Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes
Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes
Form these sweet and spicy pancakes before you leave; then, simply pan-fry and top with an egg for a hearty breakfast, or serve them alongside marinated steak. Get the recipe for Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes »Ingalls Photography
Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes
A garlic-enriched béchamel renders these parsley-flecked potatoes creamy and decadent. Get the recipe for Julia Child's Garlic Mashed Potatoes »Romulo Yanes
Noodles and Gravy
Noodles and Gravy
This Iowa-style noodles dish is a carb-lovers paradise: Creamy mashed potatoes, tender hand-made noodles, warm brown gravy. Get the recipe for Noodles and Gravy »Matt Taylor-Gross
Avocado Mashed Potatoes
Avocado Mash
Mashed potatoes go green with avocado and cilantro in this bright recipe. Get the recipe for Avocado Mashed Potatoes »Farideh Sadeghin
Modernist Latkes
Latkes
A creamy mashed potato filling is coated in instant mashed potato flakes and potato starch before being pan-fried to a flawless golden crust. Get the recipe for Modernist Latkes »Helen Rosner
Mashed Potato Fudge
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The unexpected addition of mashed potatoes adds an exceptional creaminess to dark chocolate fudge in this recipe adapted from Patty Pinner's cookbook Sweets. Get the recipe for Mashed Potato Fudge »Helen Rosner
Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad
Ignacio Mattos' Potato Salad
Boiling potatoes whole and unpeeled means they don't absorb too much water as they cook. Mixing them with an egg yolk and olive oil yields a rich dressing without the heavy creaminess of mayonnaise. Get the recipe for Smashed Potato Salad »Marcus Nilsson
Parmesan-Crusted Halibut With Mashed Potatoes
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At Pacific Way Bakery and Cafe in Astoria, Oregon, flaky cheese-crusted halibut fillets are topped with a bright parsley sauce and paired with pan-seared broccoli rabe and garlicky mashed potatoes. Get the recipe for Parmesan-Crusted Halibut With Mashed Potatoes »Ingalls Photography
Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Maple syrup enhances the sweetness of this simple sweet potato mash. Get the recipe for Maple Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes »Maxime Iattoni
Colcannon
Colcannon
Leave it to the potato-loving Irish to dream up colcannon, spuds mashed with finely chopped cabbage and enriched with lots of cream. Get the recipe for Colcannon »Penny De Los Santos
Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes
Creme fraiche mashed potatoes
Mashed potatoes combined with butter and crème fraîche make a rich, creamy side. Any root vegetable can be used in combination with or in place of the potatoes. Get the recipe for Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes »Farideh Sadeghin
Aloo Masala (South Indian Potatoes)
Aloo Masala (South Indian Potatoes)
These flavorful mashed potatoes are spiced with mustard seeds, fresh curry leaves, turmeric, and ginger, and mixed with peas. Get the recipe for Aloo Masala (South Indian Potatoes) »Ingalls Photography
Indian Mashed Potato Fritters (Aloo Bonda)
Indian Mashed Potato Fritters (Aloo Bonda)
For this Mumbai street-food snack w, mashed potatoes are seasoned with cumin, mustard seeds, curry leaves, ginger, and chile; balls of the aromatic mash are then coated in a turmeric-accented chickpea-flour batter and deep-fried until crisp and golden. Get the recipe for Indian Mashed Potato Fritters (Aloo Bonda) »Ingalls Photography
Padang-Style Mashed Potato Fritters (Perkedel Kenteng)
Padang-Style Mashed Potato Fritters (Perkedel Kenteng)
To make these crisp-crusted fritters, mashed potatoes blended with pan-fried shallots and freshly grated nutmeg are dipped in beaten egg and fried. Get the recipe for Padang-Style Mashed Potato Fritters (Perkedel Kenteng) »Ingalls Photography