9 Twists on Classic Mashed Potatoes
By Tara Fuller
OK, so you can mash potato and do the twist. But have you mastered making mashed potatoes? What about putting a twist on the classic recipes? There’s a whole lot more to the Thanksgiving favorite than boiling spuds and blending them with butter. In fact, some of the best mashes don’t even include butter OR potatoes. Gasp!
Though the traditional dishes are insanely delicious (cream, butter, and carbs is a tough combo to beat), there are tons of ways to make them healthier and more flavorful. And it’s as simple as switching up potato types, tossing in some cheese, or experimenting with herbs and spices—all pretty painless endeavors.
From vegan fare to loaded potatoes (bacon, anyone?), these nine mashed potato recipes bring a fresh twist to the holiday table and ensure the starchy carb tastes anything but boring. You won’t even need gravy.
One of the easiest ways to add color and flavor to classic mashed potatoes is to use red potatoes instead of white. Other simple tricks: Leave the potato skins on, and add a heaping spoonful of horseradish and sour cream. Extra creamy and extra beautiful, this recipe gives the dish a little flair.
Using a slow cooker is great way to reduce time spent mixing (and sweating) in the kitchen. It also makes potatoes extra soft and tasty, as they’re left soaking in juices for several hours. The only downside of this recipe? You’ll end up with an abundance of leftover caramelized onions to use on sandwiches, salads, and in omelets. How AWFUL.
It may be hard to imagine a vegan recipe for mashed potatoes when the costars of the dish are not-so-vegan cream and butter, but it is possible to make a rich dish using coconut milk and a few sneaky ingredients like apple cider vinegar and garlic powder. Warning: Don’t substitute almond milk for coconut—it will ruin the potatoes.
Healthier mashed potatoes are fun to make (and ponder making), but loading them with bacon, two cheeses, and extra cream, and then tossing them on a grill is arguably more fun—and delicious. Perfect for those craving an extra decadent dish, this recipe can only be improved with a splash …read more