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45+ Potato Side Dishes for Thanksgiving and More

If you were to ask me what I am always most excited to eat on Thanksgiving, my answer would most certainly be potatoes. In fact, I could eat them every day for the rest of my life. Mashed, roasted, baked, I’ll take them all. Not only are there about a million ways to prepare potatoes, but also, no matter how you cook them, it’s hard to beat their sweet, creamy texture.

Turns out you guys pretty much feel the same way and these recipes — over 45 of our best potato side dishes — prove that you really can eat potatoes almost every way, whether it’s on Thanksgiving or any other day of the year.

Roasted and Baked Potatoes

Potatoes get so perfectly crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside when tossed into a screaming-hot oven. Plus, it’s just about the easiest way to prepare them.

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3-Ingredient Roasted Dijon Potatoes

Not only do these potatoes have the ultra-crispy, crackly edges you love, but they also have a little added tang and go with everything.

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3-Ingredient Garlicky Red Potatoes

Thick chunks of red potatoes are tossed with a generous dusting of garlic powder, then finished with a squeeze of fresh lemon before they hit the table.

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Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes are sliced into thin wedges but left joined at the bottom, then baked until the layers fan out into crispy rounds.

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Garlic Butter Smashed Potatoes

These mouthwatering smashed potatoes are tossed in a garlic butter mixture and baked until golden and crispy.

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Parmesan Pesto Roasted Potatoes

This is a pasta-lover’s potato: rich in garlicky, herby flavor and packed with cheese, with all the crispy goodness of the best roasted potatoes.

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Fondant Potatoes

An easy, impressive recipe for restaurant-quality fondant potatoes made with just five staple ingredients.

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The Best Baked Potatoes

Here’s how to make an absolutely perfect baked potato every time, from choosing the right type of potato to how long to bake it for.

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Roasted Baby Potatoes

Everyone needs a simple, versatile side that’s easy to partner with whatever they’re cooking for dinner.

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Garlic Butter Potatoes

Roasted potatoes are pretty great, but these garlic butter roasted potatoes are even better.

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Crash Hot Potatoes

This easy method for crispy smashed potatoes will be your new go-to side dish.

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Crispy Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

The high fan speed and concentrated heat of the air fryer makes baked potatoes that are fluffy and tender on the inside and shatteringly crisp on the outside.

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Potato Roses Recipe

Thinly sliced Yukon gold potatoes are soaked, seasoned, and formed into decorative roses for an easy-yet-impressive side.

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Mashed Potatoes

It doesn’t get any more classic than mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. Though we love them beyond the holiday, too.

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Loaded Mashed Potatoes Recipe

If you’re looking for a seriously impressive way to upgrade your basic mashed potatoes, take inspiration from loaded baked potatoes with all the fixings.

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The Best Mashed Potatoes

Here’s our recipe for how to make the best classic mashed potatoes, with recommendations for potato type, dairy additions, and mashing methods.

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Mashed Potatoes for Two

This method requires no masher, no ricer, and a bare minimum of equipment in general.

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Vegan Mashed Potatoes

These garlicky potatoes are so creamy and lush — without a single drop of cream or butter.

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Potato Casseroles

It’s hard to deny just how brilliant combining potatoes with cheese, cream, or some decadent combination of both is.

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Au Gratin Potatoes

Au gratin potatoes are one of the greatest casseroles of all time. Tender, fluffy potatoes are bathed in a rich and creamy cheese sauce, then baked in a hot oven until bubbly and crisp.

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Dauphinoise Potatoes

A classic French side dish made with slices potatoes, heavy cream, and Gruyère cheese.

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Better-Than-Grandma’s Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

When made from scratch, classic scalloped potatoes are ridiculously delicious; add ham to the situation and it becomes a homey casserole that’s the perfect crowd-friendly side dish, or even a standalone main.

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Smashed Potato Casserole

A make ahead-friendly recipe for creamy mashed potatoes baked in a casserole and topped with lots of Parmesan cheese.

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Chantilly Potatoes

French-style Chantilly potatoes are the ultimate fast and fancy side dish. The addition of whipped cream makes them extra light and fluffy.

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Funeral Potatoes

Butter, cheese, bacon, and chives join forces for a hearty, homestyle potato casserole.

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Cheesy Ranch Potato Gratin

By adding sour cream and freshly chopped herbs to the cream mixture, this new twist on potatoes au gratin is packed with zesty ranch flavor.

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Sweet Potatoes

White spuds shouldn’t have all the fun. Orange-hued sweet potatoes most definitely have our hearts, too.

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Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

Thick chunks of sweet potato are roasted, then dusted with a snowy layer of nutty Parmesan cheese that crisps up under the broiler.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

A easy, step-by-step guide to making creamy mashed sweet potatoes sweetened with maple syrup.

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Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Thick rounds of sweet potato are seasoned, smashed, and roasted, creating crispy-edged medallions with creamy, tender centers.

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The Best Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes

Instant Pot sweet potatoes cook up with irresistibly tender, creamy centers, and pressure cooking them takes half as much time as baking them in the oven. Here’s everything you need to know about making them.

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Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

If you can scallop potatoes, you very well can scallop sweet potatoes. We think these might even be better.

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Meghan Splawn

Food Editor, Skills

Meghan was the Food Editor for Kitchn’s Skills content. She’s a master of everyday baking, family cooking, and harnessing good light. Meghan approaches food with an eye towards budgeting — both time and money — and having fun. Meghan has a baking and pastry degree, and spent the first 10 years of her career as part of Alton Brown’s culinary team. She co-hosts a weekly podcast about food and family called Didn’t I Just Feed You.

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