A collage of 6 photos of different mashed potatoe recipes.

41 Mashed Potatoes Recipes

In my house, mashed potatoes are a mandatory component of our Thanksgiving dinner. In fact, every Thanksgiving, its Bus Boy, my oldest, who accompanies me to the kitchen in the early morning and begins peeling the potatoes while I get the turkey ready to go into the oven. I generally use the same mashed potato recipe over and over each year, but this year, I decided to see what other mashed potato recipes are out there.

We have collected several mashed potato recipes for your consideration, some of them make use of more exotic ingredients, too. If you want to try something new, I’m sure you’ll find the perfect recipe. We even have recipes for vegan mashed potatoes and keto mashed potatoes as well as recipes that will teach you how to make mashed potatoes in the instant pot and the crock pot if you’re running out of room on the stove. The most difficult part of Thanksgiving dinner this year may be choosing which recipe you’ll be making.

Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes

A pool of butter in a bowl full of mashed potatoes sprinkled with fresh herbs.

Creamy, buttery, fluffy mash! Everybody’s favorite side dish. This time we are ramping up the flavor of these mashed potatoes with goat cheese. Your holiday spread has never been so tasty!

Instant Pot Mashed Potato Bar

A bowl of mashed potatoes topped with broccoli, bacon, green onions, and cheese sitting in front of bowls of broccoli, green onions, bacon, cheese, and melted butter.

Instant Pot Mashed Potato Bar is the perfect way to feed a crowd with a hearty delicious meal that you can make in a snap that everyone loves! I will never forget the first time I served a mashed potato bar for a party and needless to say it was the talk of the party. I am not sure if the kids or the adults enjoyed it more, it was a huge hit all around.

Pomme Puree

A bowl of mashed potatoes sprinkled with herbs sits on a table with whole potatoes and broccoli.

Pomme puree (called “fancy mashed potatoes” in the recipe publisher’s house) is as creamy, buttery, and rich as it looks! These mashed potatoes will be a huge hit at any Thanksgiving table!

Cowboy Mashed Potatoes

A bowl of mashed potatoes with shredded cheese, and vegetables mixed into it.

This unique and delicious side dish is perfect for weeknights, Sunday dinner, or any holiday! The mixture of veggies and cheese inside the cowboy mashed potatoes is what makes it so flavorful.

Vegan Mashed Potato Snowman

A snowman made from mashed potatoes with pretzel arms, and a carrot nose.

Make something special for the kids table at your next holiday meal. This vegan mashed potato snowman is an adorable idea for your holiday table.

Gouda Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onion and Garlic

A bowl of creamy mashed potatoes with caramelized onions visible throughout and sprinkled with fresh herbs.

These Gouda mashed potatoes are perfect for a special occasion. Laced with sweet caramelized onions, fragrant garlic, and plenty of cheese and fat, these delectably rich potatoes are bound to be a hit

Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes

Looking down into a bowl of white potatoes with a pat of melting butter in the center and a sprinkle of black pepper all over the top.

This Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes recipe is a quick and easy Thanksgiving side dish. The buttermilk makes these potatoes creamy, a little tangy, and so irresistible!

Easy Mashed Potatoes

A top view of an oval shaped white dish filled with mashed potatoes topped with rivers of melted butter and sprinkled with green herbs.

This simple five ingredient recipe creates a simple and creamy mashed potato dish that’s a great side dish for any meal.

Vegan Mediterranean Whole 30 Mashed Potatoes

A bowl of golden mashed potatoes with olives embedded in it.

These whole30 mashed potatoes are perfectly rich and easy to make. This recipe makes the best side dish with a Mediterranean twist for Thanksgiving.

Ninja Foodi Mashed Potatoes

A bowl of Mashed Potatoes in a bowl sitting in front of a Ninja Foodie.

Ninja Foodi Mashed Potatoes. How to make mashed potatoes in the Ninja Foodi. This easy mashed potato recipe requires no draining, produces fluffy lump free mashed potatoes, and best of all they taste delicious.

Rustic Yukon Mashed Potatoes

a pot of mashed potatoes that are golden in color with bits of potato skin visible in the  mixture.

The best and easiest creamy mashed potatoes with skins on Yukon golds, butter, cream cheese and milk. Perfect accompaniment to turkey!

Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

A bowl full of mashed potatoes iwth a lake of golden melted butter in the center.  It's sprinkled with chopped herbs

Plan ahead and avoid overwhelm by making Crock pot Mashed Potatoes! Whether you’re making the mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving, or as an everyday side dish, prepping them early and letting the crock pot keep them warm is a pro level cooking trick.

Small Batch Mashed Potatoes

A pumpkin shaped casserole dish filled with mashed potatoes, topped with pats of butter and chopped chives.

Small batched mashed potatoes are perfect for those having a small gathering!

Instant Pot Whole30 Mashed Potatoes

A whit bowl filled with mashed potatoes that are topped with a lake fo melted butter.

Instant Pot Whole30 mashed potatoes are the perfect thanksgiving dish! They’re easy to make, incredibly creamy and smooth.

Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes

A bowl of mashed potatoes with  melting pats of butter sitting on top.

Roasted Garlic + Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes are so easy, so delicious and so comforting! Nothing but silky potatoes and subtle notes of herbs + garlic…you won’t be able to put your fork down.

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

A blue bowl filled with mashed potatoes topped with chopped chives and with a two pats of melting butter in the center.

These cream cheese mashed potatoes are boiled potatoes blended with butter, milk, cream cheese and seasonings to make a rich and creamy side dish.

Boursin Mashed Potatoes

Boursin Mashed Potatoes are the creamiest and most flavorful mashed potato recipe. Made with Boursin cheese, this simple recipe had tons of flavor and is completely fool-proof!

Mashed Potatoes with Sour Cream

A bowl of mashed potatoes with visible green onions mixed inside and topped with pats of melting butter.

These restaurant-style homemade mashed potatoes with sour cream are easy to make, buttery, creamy, and incredibly satisfying!

Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

A bowl filled with mashed potatoes with finely chopped chives on top.

This recipe for Instant Pot mashed potatoes is easy, no-drain, dump and go recipe to make the best, creamiest, fluffiest mashed potatoes. Easy to make classic side dish that comes together in a fraction of a time.

Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes

A bowl filled with mashed potatoes drizzled with melted butter and a spoon sticking out of the side of the bowl.

Mix up your mashed potatoes for the holidays with this easy Caramelized Shallot Mashed Potatoes recipe! They’re so flavorful you’ll never want basic mashed potatoes again!

Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A bowl of mashed potatoes with a lake of yellow, melted butter on top and a partially melted pat of butter in the center.  The top is sprinkled with chopped parsley and black pepper.

Making mashed potatoes doesn’t have to be hard with this easy Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potato recipe! You don’t even need to drain the potatoes!

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

A square casserole dish filled with mashed potatoes with rivers of melted, yellow butter on top and some sprinkled chives.

These easy, make-ahead mashed potatoes may be warmed in a crock pot to save oven space.

Gluten Free Mashed Potatoes

a nest of mashed potatoes with visible skins on it and a center filled with  melted butter.

These gluten-free mashed potatoes are creamy, decadent and as cozy as any food can be! Plus, they are super simple to make and can be enjoyed with warm butter or the gluten-free gravy, whichever you prefer.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

A bowl of mashed potatoes sits atop a blue tea towel the potatoes are sprinkled with thin slices of green onions.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes is a perfect side dish for any occasion whether it be a quick weekday meal or a festive dinner party. This simple dish is flavoured with butter and double cream.

Easy Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A large white bowl is filled with mashed potato and topped with yellow butter which is melting down the side of the mound of potatoes.  A spoon is sticking out of the bowl, and three heads of garlic are sitting on the counter in front of the bowl.

This Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes recipe is an easy way to get creamy restaurant-style mashed potatoes with the fragrant flavor of garlic. Garlic-infused melted butter and sour cream are added to the potatoes for a decadent side dish

Truffle Mashed Potatoes

Looking down into a bowl of mashed potatoes with the skins from the potatoes visible in the mash.  The top has rivers of melted butter and is sprinkled with fresh herbs and freshly cracked black pepper.

The ultimate in decadence, these Truffle Mashed Potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering. Easy to make, these mashed potatoes are ultra rich and creamy, with a good dose of the wonderfully earthly flavors of black truffles.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

a large rounded scoop of cauliflower mashed potatoes plated and topped with a golden brown gravy

This recipe for cauliflower mashed potatoes is a great way to get your family to painlessly eat more non starchy vegetables like cauliflower. Add cauliflower to your mashed potatoes and you will increase nutrition and fiber while lowering carbs. This recipe is great way to cut down on some of the carbs on your Thanksgiving table.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A white bowl filled with creamy mashed potatoes and sprinkled with thin slices of green onion sits on a white counter with a burgundy dish towel in the background.  In front of the bowl.  unpeeled cloves of garlic are laying on the counter.

Potatoes are the perfect side dish for any savory meal! Decadent and creamy, these garlic mashed potatoes are oh so perfect for the holidays. Made with russet potatoes, loads of garlic, and heavy cream to make this dish smooth and creamy. Simple and easy, but unforgettably delicious!

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

Looking down into a bowl of mashed potatoes with rivers of golden melted butter.  The top of the potatoes are sprinkled with slivers of green onion or chives as well as some finely chopped parsley and some freshly ground black pepper.

Once you try creamy, rich Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes, there’s no going back! Simple ingredients and some important tips will help you create these restaurant quality mashed potatoes.

Miso Mashed Potatoes

Looking down in to an enamel coated vessel with two rounded white handles sticking out on the sides.  The vessel is filled with mashed potatoes with a large pat of butter melting in the center, sending rivers of golden melted butter across the top of the potatoes.

Miso Mashed Potatoes are a rich and creamy side dish featuring a flavorful homemade miso butter. These fluffy potatoes are flavored with miso butter, garlic, and sage and go perfectly with gravy or au jus. Add these crowd-pleaser potatoes to your weeknight dinner rotation and holiday menu!

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

A white casserole dish filled with make ahead mashed potatoes.

These creamy and delicious make ahead mashed potatoes are perfect to eat right away, but they’re also great if they’re refrigerated for a couple days, or frozen, and reheated when you need them. They’re a real life saver on busy holidays.

Healthy Mashed Potatoes

Looking down into a bowl of creamy mashed potatoes with rivers of butter running from the center.  Green onions and black pepper have been sprinkled over the top.

If you’ve ever wondered ow to make homemade Healthy Mashed Potatoes that are creamy, fluffy, and flavorful – but with only a fraction of the fat and calories, this recipe is for you! This healthy mashed potato recipe uses just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper), swapping out entire sticks of butter and cream for milk and just enough butter to be decadent without being overly fatty!

Homemade Mashed Potatoes

Looking down into a bowl filled with mashed potatoes that have been sprinkled with small pieces of something green, perhaps chives and some other herbs as well as with black pepper.

Mashed Potatoes are the best side dish idea for any night of the week! The steps are easy to follow and have basic ingredients like butter and sour cream with optional additions like garlic and Parmesan cheese! Plus, learn my make-ahead method and instructions for freezing and reheating!

Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

A bowl heaped with mashed potatoes and sprinkled with herbs sits on a wooden table with a blue and white striped tea towel wrapped around the base of the bowl.

These Instant Pot garlic mashed potatoes are rich and creamy and flavored with delicious roasted garlic for an easy side dish that’s perfect for Thanksgiving!

Instant Pot Vegan Mashed Potatoes

A terracotta colored glazed bowl filled with mashed potatoes with fried sage leaves on top.

This Instant Pot Vegan Mashed Potatoes recipe is an easy and filling kid friendly side dish that takes only 20 minutes to make. And it’s perfect for Thanksgiving dinner!

Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

A white bowl filled with mashed potatoes.  There's a large pat of butter in the center of the plate and rivers of melting butter running into the depressions in the potatoes.  The top has been sprinkled with chopped chives.

These ultra Creamy Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes are super easy to make and perfect for any holiday! This will be your new favorite slow cooker recipe!

Delicious Blue Mashed Potatoes

A bowl fulled with purplish blue mashed potatoes topped with a pat of butter and sprinkled with finely chopped green herbs.

If you can find them, using blue, or purple, potatoes, creates a lovely dish of blue mashed potatoes. This unique side dish that tastes just as good as your usual mashed potato recipe.

Keto Mashed Potatoes

A bowl full of mashed white cauliflower that has herbs mixed throughout is sitting on a table covered with a brightly colored floral table cloth.

Comfort food without all the carbs — these keto cauliflower mashed potatoes, while technically not potatoes, are an easy low carb swap for a classic side dish. They’re rich, creamy, and flavorful and take just minutes to make!

Foolproof Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Rich, buttery and SO easy to make! Once you try these awesome Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes you’ll never go back to making them the “old” way!

Cauliflower Potato Mash

A black bowl with a whit pattern on the outside that is filled with white fluffy cauliflower potato mash and topped with curled green strips of green onions.

Make this cauliflower potato mash recipe for a light and healthy alternative to the usual mashed potatoes. It has the same creaminess and has less carbs than mashed potatoes.

Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes

Looking down on a pan filled to the top with mashed potatoes and drizzled with butter which is pooled in the depressions.  Green bits of onion are sprinkled over the top.  Near this bowl are two large cloves of garlic, some green onions, and a bowl of crumbled feta cheese.

These Roasted Garlic and Feta Mashed Potatoes are creamy and fluffy with the perfect amount of salt and garlic to amp up each bite.

A collage of 12 photos of different mashed potato recipes.  Arranged in a 3 X 4 grid.  Each photo is outlined in burgundy.  On the bottom of the collage is a banner which reads "A collection of Mashed Potato Recipes."

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