Our Best Mashed Potato Recipes 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.

Celery Root Mashed Potatoes

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Julia Child’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Julia Child’s Garlic Mashed Potatoes


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 »

Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes

Pomme Purée

Passing cooked potatoes through the fine holes of a potato ricer ensures a silky consistency for this ultrarich side. Get the recipe for Pomme Purée »

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 »

Avocado Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes go green with avocado and cilantro in this bright recipe. Get the recipe for Avocado Mashed Potatoes »

Modernist 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 »

Mashed Potato Fudge

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 »

Parmesan-Crusted Halibut With Mashed Potatoes

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 »

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) »

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) »

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) »

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 »

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 »

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes

Spicy Sweet Potato Cakes

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 »