FN Chefs’ Best Mashed Potatoes
Six simple twists on a classic.
Ah, the magic of mashed potatoes: just boil some spuds in water and smash them with a bit of butter, salt and cream and you’ve got a dish so satisfying that it has become one of the most crave-worthy sides at any Thanksgiving feast. Mashed potatoes are simple, rich and creamy — and for barely any effort.
And, if that’s not inspiring enough, consider how easily potatoes pair with lots of other tasty ingredients. All it takes is a tiny tweak to totally reimagine their flavor.
No wonder mashed potatoes are a classic.
Planning to whip up a batch on Turkey Day? Here are a some of our chefs’ best recipes to help you switch it up (just a little bit) this Thanksgiving.
Ina Garten: Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes
Whisk in sour cream like Ina does. The mild tanginess of the cream is the perfect balance for the potatoes’ natural earthiness.
Bobby Flay: Mashed Potatoes with Smoked Paprika and Chives
The paprika does more than add sweet and smoky flavor to these potatoes — it also gives them their beautiful autumnal orange hue!
Giada De Laurentiis: Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan and Bread Crumbs
OMG stands for Oven-baked Mashed potato Goodness, right? Either way, those are the 3 letters that will be on your mind when you taste these cheese-topped spuds!
Alton Brown: Creamy Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Alton has a genius trick for maximum flavor: infuse your half-and-half with fresh garlic.
Tyler Florence: Mashed Potatoes
Who knew that the secret to a savory mash was simply tossing a bay leaf into the pot when you’re boiling the potatoes? (Thanks, Tyler!)
Ree Drummond: Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
Ree swaps regular butter with some that she’s cooked to a deep golden-brown color — for mashed potatoes with a delicious nutty, roasted flavor.