Thank goodness for mashed potatoes. Unlike cranberry sauce and stuffing, you’ll be hard-pressed to find folks who dismiss the homemade whipped side as “just not for them” at a holiday table. Perhaps this is partly due to their incredible versatility—from savory to sweet, mashed potatoes can be dressed up in countless ways with minimal effort to suit any taste.
Below, we have listed 14 creative recipe concepts calling for just three ingredients each. Start with your favorite mashed potato recipe and then add and adjust the flavor combinations to taste. Note: Some concepts are linked to full recipes!
Russet, Red, Yukon and Yellow Potato Concepts
Green onions + smoked gouda + bacon
Smoked paprika + cloves garlic + whole milk
Bacon + blue cheese + whole milk
Cabbage + feta + parsley
Fontina + pancetta + sour cream
Spinach + cream + cheddar
Peas + scallions + sour cream
Carrots (1/3 amount of potatoes being used, boiled with) + greek yogurt + dill
Sweet Potato Concepts
Vanilla + eggnog + brown sugar