FN Chefs’ Best Mashed Potatoes

Six simple twists on a classic.

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

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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.

Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes; Ina Garten

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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.

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Rich Freeda, 2013, Cooking Channel, LLC, All Rights Reserved

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!

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

Photo by: Tara Donne ©Tara Donne

Tara Donne, Tara Donne

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!

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Tara Donne, 2009, Tara Donne

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!)

Close-up Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes, as seen on The Pioneer Woman, Season 20.

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.

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