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All the Best Mashed Potato Recipes

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Thanksgiving dinner is simply not complete without a big bowl of mashed potatoes on the table. You can always count on a dish of fluffy, buttery spuds to be a crowd favorite. And you’ve got choices because there are quite a few methods for making this staple side dish – grab your Dutch oven and head to the stovetop, pull out your slow cooker, turn to the Instant Pot, and you can even use your microwave (yes, really!).

Mix in some melted butter and cream (a classic), go for a dairy swap, like buttermilk, cream cheese, or sour cream for even more flavor. And regardless of which mashed potato recipe you land on, definitely don’t worry about making too much, the leftovers will keep for days and reheat like a dream. Plus, you can reinvent them into something entirely new, like baked puffs, fried mashed potato balls, savory potato pancakes, or use them as a topper for shepherd pie.

Get your potato masher (or food mill!) at the ready and let’s get cooking. Here are 20 absolutely perfect mashed potato recipes for your Thanksgiving table.

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