Face it: Thanksgiving is all about the mashed potatoes.
Why have we taken the time to round up nearly 50 mashed potato recipes, you ask? Well, truthfully, we never see the need for an excuse to celebrate our favorite side dish. But when it comes to holiday cooking, you've got to admit that it's hard to find a recipe more popular (or delicious) than mashed potatoes. Whether you're looking for a sweet potato mash, one filled with garlic, or a cauliflower-based option, the crowd-pleasing Thanksgiving dish is just about as classic and memorable as the turkey itself—in fact, we can't imagine the fourth Thursday in November without the stuff. Creamy, buttery, and smooth, it's the ultimate goes-with-anything side. It's no wonder we now enjoy garlic mashed potatoes year-round as a delicious, simple accompaniment to any meat-and-potatoes weeknight dinner. Here, we've got mouthwatering recipes and ideas for just about any home cook. Purists will appreciate our more traditional takes on the dish, while progressive mashed potato lovers—those who really want to think outside the box—will enjoy our more daring options: loaded leftover mashed potato balls and our Crock-Pot mashed potatoes recipe, to name just a few.