Our 15 Best Thanksgiving Potato Recipes
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 special-occasion mashed potatoes!
Holiday ONLY 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.
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."
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.
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."
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 this 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.
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.
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."
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."
"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!"
Garlic Potatoes Gratin
Slices of red potatoes are layered with rich Gouda cheese and baked with butter and garlic. "An unbelievable rich twist on au gratin potatoes," says Lisa Ramos. "This casserole develops a caramelized, cheesy, roasted-garlic crust as it bakes."
Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin
If cheesy potatoes are the kind of dish your family fights over, these single-serve Muffin Tin Potatoes Gratin might just save your Thanksgiving.
Garlic and a handful of dried herbs (rosemary, sage, thyme, and savory) crisp up in the oven alongside these twice-baked potatoes.
Chef John's Twice-Baked Potatoes
"On special occasions, don't forget that you're putting on a show with the food. And, when it comes to starchy side dishes, these potatoes are a great way to express flair for the dramatic," Chef John says.