Mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving side-dish staple. Not only are they fluffy and buttery, but they're super versatile and perfect alongside almost anything. This year, we think you should raise your mashed potato game and make them unforgettable. To get you started, here are 5 supreme ways of transforming mashed potatoes at Thanksgiving.
1. Mashed Potato Casserole with Gruyère
Private chef and cookbook author Phoebe Lapine spreads creamy mashed potatoes in a baking dish and scatters shredded Gruyère on top, then bakes it until melty and browed. If you'd like to make a healthier version, try substituting sweet potatoes for the russets.
2. Cheesiest Mashed Potatoes
These insanely luscious potatoes are so cheesy that you'd think you were eating fondue. The secret: a cream sauce that's packed with four cups of shredded mozzarella and fontina cheeses.
3. Mashed Sweet Potato Gratin with Smoked Gouda and Shallots
The combination of sweet and Yukon Gold potatoes gives this gratin a perfectly creamy texture. It's topped with shallots and smoked Gouda, then broiled until the shallots are crisp and the cheese is gooey.
4. Mashed Potato Spring Rolls
Superstar chef David Chang wraps spoonfuls of mashed potatoes and chopped green beans in flattened slices of sandwich bread, then deep fries them until golden and crisp. For fun, David suggests serving them with gravy and hot sauce.
5. Mashed Potato and Barley Cakes
Chewy barley and creamy potatoes come together for a fun, festive accompaniment to Thanksgiving classics. These pan-fried cakes are coated in panko (aka Japanese bread crumbs), which gives them an especially crispy crust.
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