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These top-rated potato casseroles are all about dinner. We mean no offense to breakfast potato casseroles. But when you want soul-satisfying potato casseroles to place alongside roasts, chops, and other main dish recipes, these are the potato casserole side dish recipes you need.

1. Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

Creamy mascarpone cheese gives this make-ahead casserole a terrific buttery texture and helps develop the golden-brown crust. "Not only is this a delicious alternative to regular mashed potato recipes," says Chef John, "but it's a very user-friendly way to serve your potato side dish. They're really decadent: not too rich, but just rich enough, and perfect for any special occasion."

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2. Spinach Potatoes

This rich, cheesy brunch or side dish is loaded up with spinach, potatoes, and delicious pancetta. "These potatoes are fantastic," raves Brandy. "Made them for the holidays and people couldn't get enough. So nice to have another potato casserole option at dinner time."

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3. Potato and Cauliflower Casserole

"This recipe was great," says Jen Oakes. "It's really easy to prepare and a nice change from the same old sides! The only change I made was using milk instead of cream and Cheddar instead of Swiss." Pair these potatoes with pork chops or roasted chicken or beef.

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4. Amazing Twice-Baked Mashed Potato Casserole

"Everything you love about twice-baked potatoes in half the time and with twice the flavor," says tcasa. "It's the best Thanksgiving recipe I know!"

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5. Nani's Mashed Potato Casserole

"It's so simple, the only thing bad about this recipe is there are never any leftovers," says Daniel Holloway. "You can use as much or as little cheese as you like, but we like to cover the entire thing with a healthy layer of cheese."

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6. Steak House Au Gratin Potatoes

"These super creamy and rich restaurant-style potatoes will be gobbled up fast," says Ingalyn. "They are also excellent as leftovers warmed up in the microwave with eggs and bacon the next day."

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7. Easy Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream, and green onions are baked with creamy Yukon Gold potatoes in this classic side turned into a comforting casserole. "This is a great dish for a potluck or as part of a meal to take to a friend," says ab0628. "Just made it to go with steak for a Valentine's dinner. The evaporated milk gave it a lovely consistency. My whole family loved it."

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8. Potato and Parsnip Gratin

This beautiful gratin casserole features layers of potatoes and parsnips, a little garlic, some butter, plus thyme, Parmesan cheese, and crème fraiche. Parsnips are even tastier when they're combined with the all-American potato. "I cannot wait to make this dish again," says Jennifer. "It was perfect as a side compliment to our main dish. I did saute the aromatics before adding them, and I did add a touch more thyme than stated. Great dish for those leftover parsnips."

9. Potatoes Romanoff

Mashed potatoes are baked with sour cream, green onions and cheese. "This recipe is fantastic," says CAQUILTER. "I made for Christmas dinner and everyone liked it. It was fairly quick and easy. I made it ahead and put in the fridge, then baked right before dinner. I used Velveeta cheese and put a little grated Cheddar on top."

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10. Mom's Scalloped Potatoes

A classic recipe for scalloped potatoes that really highlights the flavors of potatoes and onions baked in a creamy sauce. "This is my idea of scalloped potatoes," raves Debi Carroll. "Other recipes call for so much cheese they become au gratin. This to me is a true scallop potato recipe. Very good!"

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11. Broccoli Potato Bake

Another twofer recipe that combines the green vegetable with the potatoes in the same simple casserole. "This is a great way to sneak broccoli into a dish," says Phoebe Jelliffe-Scott. "My picky one loved it. Amazing!"

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12. Blue Cheese Potatoes Delmonico

"Here's a recipe that I recently made for a dinner party," says SMITHJLS. "The blue cheese makes all the difference." Serve it with steak and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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