The one side dish everyone can agree on? Creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. Not only are they easy to make, but they’re also insanely delicious and only require a few basic ingredients. Learn how to make the best mashed potatoes and you’ll be set with a recipe you’ll want to make over and over. At its most basic, they couldn’t be easier: Simply boil some potatoes, mash with milk or cream (non-dairy milk alternatives work too!), add butter or olive oil and a big pinch of salt. Few ingredients, few steps — but, we all know that this no-frills version tastes anything but basic. Heavenly, decadent, rich and velvety are just a few words we’d use to describe ’em.
Here, we’re dishing out our favorite ways to prepare the smashed spuds, whether you’re pulling out all the stops for Thanksgiving dinner or pulling together a simple weeknight meal. You won’t be disappointed by our best creamy mashed potato recipes, including garlic mashed potatoes, spuds with cream cheese or sour cream, and, of course, cheesy potatoes!
Plus, we’re mixing up the main vegetable — from parsnips to sweet potatoes to cauliflower — so you can sneak a few extra nutrients into everyone’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish. We’ve also included a number of different cooking styles according to what you prefer, whether you like your mashed potatoes without milk or your mashed potatoes with heavy cream, we’ve got you covered. Do you prefer this epic side with skin or without? Any of these recipes can be adjusted according to what you love. The options are endless, and endlessly customizable!