The best Thanksgiving potatoes? Mashed potatoes may be the consensus opinion around here. But we acknowledge, mashers are not the only potato-based side in the Thanksgiving universe. And there's always room on our Thanksgiving table for cheesy scalloped potatoes or savory potato casseroles. Even a salty serving of golden French fries would be welcome beside our traditional turkey and cranberry sauce. (A drizzle of turkey gravy, who would deny them?)

So yes, there's more than mashers. Let's take a peek at some of our best Thanksgiving potato recipes beginning, naturally, with these special-occasion mashed potatoes!

VIDEO: Chef John's Ultimate Mashed Potatoes

The secret to truly amazing Thanksgiving Day mashed potatoes is, truth be told, not really much of a secret. It's butter, and lots of it. Tremendous loads of butter. A shocking amount. But this is Thanksgiving dinner, the single most special meal of the year, so maybe we can suspend our health concerns for 24 hours. (We'll be extra good on Black Friday!) For best results, use the good butter -- and bring it down to room temperature. Watch Chef John whip up these once-a-year mashers:

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Twice Baked Potato Casserole With Bacon

This recipe takes twice-baked potatoes to the next level. Scooped-out baked potatoes, crumbled bacon, sour cream, butter, Cheddar cheese are mashed together, spread into a dish, and topped with additional cheese and bacon. "A slight twist to an old favorite, this cheesy recipe will surely set their mouths to watering," says Tay. "For a creamier casserole, use a potato masher and mash potatoes thoroughly."

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Fancy Crusted Rosemary Scalloped Potatoes

"Thin slices of potato are layered around a baking dish to create a beautiful crust for these creamy rosemary potatoes," says Mackenzie Schieck.

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Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Here's a make-ahead mashed potato recipe featuring creamy mascarpone cheese. Make them in advance, and then simply bake until the tops is beautifully golden brown. "Not only is this a delicious alternative to regular mashed potato recipes, but it's a very user-friendly way to serve your potato side dish," says Chef John. "They're really decadent: not too rich, but just rich enough, and perfect for any special occasion."

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Chef John's Potato Roses

You can make these impressive potato roses in advance, too. "They're great for entertaining, since you can make them ahead, and keep them warm in the pan, or cool and reheat in the oven when you are ready to serve," says Chef John. Watch the video to grok Chef John's rose-making technique.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

"It is the sweetness of the roasted garlic that makes these mashed potatoes so delicious," says Angel.

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Pommes Anna with Gruyere

"Layers of thinly sliced Yukon Gold potatoes, stacked with Gruyere cheese and golden sauteed onions make this French side dish," says Ann.

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Amazing Oven Roasted Potatoes

"With these potatoes, you wont miss the loads of oil in regular fried potatoes," says Shan~Jam. "Golden on the outside, tender on the inside."

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Basic Mashed Potatoes

Because sometimes basic is best. "If you love good, old fashioned mashed potatoes this is the perfect recipe," says Esmee. "Simple and delicious."

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Fondant Potatoes

"The texture this old-school method provides for russet potatoes is unlike anything you get by just roasting: so dense, moist, and rich," Chef John. "The way the crusty, crunchy edges outside contrast with the uniquely rich and creamy inside is truly a magical thing."

Fabienne's Hasselback Potatoes

"These potatoes present really well and are healthier than fries," says Fabienne Riesen. "They have crispy edges with centers as creamy as mashed potatoes. A must try!"

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Sweet Potato Casserole II

Yes, we're primarily featuring white potatoes here. But we couldn't leave out this classic Thanksgiving sweet potato casserole with its crunchy pecan streusel topping. "This recipe made me a sweet potato lover," says GinaS. "It is AWESOME! To be honest, I was not crazy about sweet potatoes in the past. My whole family raved over it! It was the most popular dish at our Thanksgiving table."

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Creamy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Of course, once we opened the door for sweet potato casserole, we had to let in these amazing sweet potato mashers. A little Neufchatel cheese mixed into mashed sweet potatoes creates a rich and creamy side. "I love that these potatoes aren't overly sweet," says JenFL. "They're super creamy and were easy to make." For more sweet potato recipes, check out our Top Sweet Potato Side Dish Recipes for the Holidays.

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