Mashed Potatoes

What's Christmas dinner without a steaming side dish of buttery mashed potatoes? Serve them plain and simple or mashed with cheese, garlic, or other potato partners -- with our mashed potato recipes, you'll find the perfect side dish for your Christmas menu.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes

If your idea of a home-style meal isn't complete without a mouthwatering side of mashed potatoes, you're going to love the satisfaction of learning how to make mashed potatoes from scratch. Homemade mashed potatoes are creamy, filling and so much better than the instant variety. While this tasty side has gotten a bit of a bad rap thanks to the low-carb diet craze, mashed potatoes actually provide a number of essential nutrients, including fiber, protein, calcium, iron and a full 30 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C in just a single serving.

How to Cook Mashed Potatoes

Most cooks feel confident they know how to cook mashed potatoes. It's simple: just boil up some potatoes and mash them with butter, milk, and a little salt and pepper, right? Sure, that will work, but there's so much more you can do to punch up the flavor! By adding a few extra ingredients to the basic mashed potato recipe, you can make potatoes that go from everyday to gourmet with little effort.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes from Scratch

Knowing how to make mashed potatoes from scratch is one of those skills that every home cook needs to have. Why? Because mashed potatoes are a beloved, time-honored, elegant-yet-rustic side dish that goes pretty much any kind of meat, fish, or poultry. Because mashed potatoes are definitely in the top 5 of America's favorite comfort foods. Because everyone from babies to great-Grandpa loves them. And because everyone knows that a mound of mashed with a pool of hot gravy in the middle is a little piece of heaven on earth.

Two-Tone Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Wow holiday guests with an unexpected two-tone twist on a classic mashed potatoes recipe.

Asiago Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomato Mashed Potatoes

Midwest Living

Give mashed potatoes an Italian twist by stirring in Asiago cheese and an herbacious tomato pesto.

Spicy Double-Smoked Mashed Potatoes

Midwest Living

Smoked gouda cheese and chipotle in adobo are the key ingredients in this mashed potato recipe. This side dish would pair perfectly with any Mexican-spiced meat or bean entrees.

Mashed Roasters

Better Homes and Gardens

Refrigerated new potato wedges makes this quick recipe even quicker. Serve it with hamburger or steak.

Must-Have Mashed Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

It's easy to change the flavor of this classic side dish. Simply stir in garlic, smoked cheese, or pesto.

Broccoli-Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Midwest Living

For extra creamy potatoes, beat roasted spuds with an electric mixer until they're light and fluffy.

Prosciutto-Sage Mashed Potatoes

Family Circle

A scoop of mascarpone cheese will make these mashed potatoes your creamiest, dreamiest batch yet.

Bacon-Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

Midwest Living

A bowl of mashed potatoes is practically a meal in itself when you fold in crumbled blue cheese and crispy bacon.

Parmesan Smashed Potatoes


Even picky kids will love this adult take on savory potatoes, and may have fun helping you make them (who doesn't like to smash things). Just a few simple ingredients turn a boring side into a standout.

Creamy Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Rosemary, cream and butter are expected additions, but the wild card (white chocolate!) is what makes this creamy mashed potatoes worthy of a holiday dinner.

Total: 45 mins

Creamy Horseradish Mashed Potatoes

Midwest Living

A spoonful of horseradish adds a big flavor kick to these creamy mashed potatoes.

Mashed Potatoes with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

Better Homes and Gardens

When plain mashed potatoes just won't do, dress them up with herbs and a chunky shiitake mushroom gravy.

Total: 40 mins

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

Better Homes and Gardens

Coax a caramelized flavor out of onions simply by cooking them in butter until they are soft and golden brown. Add them to mashed potatoes for a holiday side dish that will have dinner guests raving.

Total: 40 mins

Classic Mashed Potatoes

Better Homes and Gardens

Enjoy these savory white mashed potatoes plain or with a crowning touch--a spoonful of creamy gravy.

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