12 Mashed Potato Recipes Your Family Will Love

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    Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Garlic and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes
    Garlic and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes. Diana Rattray

    Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Olive oil and your choice of milk, chicken broth, or vegetable broth make these healthier than the average mashed potatoes.  Garlic adds plenty of flavor to these potatoes, and trust me, you won't miss the cream and butter.

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    The Best Mashed Potato Recipes

    Perfect Mashed Potatoes
    Diana Rattray

    Perfect Mashed Potatoes With Variations

    Russet or baking potatoes (high starch) are my first choice for the fluffiest mashed potatoes, with Yukon Gold, round white, and red bliss (medium to low starch) tied for second place. A combination of Russets and one of the others is even better. Low-starch potatoes can be used, but mash them lightly because they can become gummy if overmixed.

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    Stuffed Baked Potatoes With Bacon and Cheddar Cheese

    Twice Baked Potatoes with Bacon and Cheddar
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    Stuffed Baked Potatoes With Bacon and Cheddar Cheese

    These fabulous twice-baked potatoes will make any meal a special event. The potato is baked and then mashed with sour cream, cheese, and bacon. The potato skins are stuffed with the potatoes, topped with more cheese, and baked to perfection.

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    Mashed Potatoes and Rutabagas

    Mashed Potatoes With Rutabagas
    Mashed Potatoes With Rutabagas. Diana Rattray

    Mashed Potatoes and Rutabagas 

    Rutabagas add another dimension to these otherwise ordinary mashed potatoes. The sweetness of the rutabaga and a touch of nutmeg complement the potatoes beautifully. Use low-fat milk to make the dish even lighter.

    Garnish these potatoes with fresh chopped parsley for a spectacular presentation.

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    Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

    Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
    Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes. Diana Rattray

    Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes 

    These flavorful mashed potatoes make meal preparation a breeze, and the addition of Boursin cheese and sour cream makes the dish extra-special. Make these mashed potatoes a day in advance then warm them and keep them hot in the slow cooker until serving time.

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    Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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    Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    These simple garlic mashed potatoes are made with baking potatoes and lots of garlic, milk, and butter. Use a lower fat milk to cut calories a bit, or use half-and-half or light cream for a richer mash. 

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    Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage (Colcannon)

    Colcannon: Irish Mashed Potatoes With Cabbage and Leeks
    Irish Mashed Potatoes With Cabbage and Leeks. Diana Rattray

    Mashed Potatoes and Cabbage ​

    This fabulous potato dish is a combination of mashed potatoes, cooked cabbage, and optional green onions. This is the perfect side for a St. Patrick's day dinner, or enjoy it as a side dish to ham, roast beef, corned beef, or sausages. It's easy to prepare and wonderful any time of the year.

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    Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

    Loaded Potato Casserole
    Loaded Potato Casserole. Diana Rattray

    Loaded Potato Casserole

    And now for something a little more decadent... This loaded potato casserole has it all! Mashed potatoes are combined with bacon, cheddar and Boursin cheeses, and sour cream, along with green onions and seasonings. This is perfect for a potluck or special family meal.

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    Mashed Potatoes With Sour Cream and Chives

    Mashed Potatoes With Sour Cream and Chives
    Diana Rattray

     Mashed Potatoes With Sour Cream and Chives

    The slight tang of the sour cream with the snipped fresh chives make these mashed potatoes smooth and flavorful.

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    Microwave Mashed Potatoes

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    Diana Rattray

     Microwave Mashed Potatoes

    The microwave oven makes these potatoes quick and easy. If you're short on time and the stovetop is full, this is a great solution.

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    Make Ahead Duchess Mashed Potatoes

    Duchess Potatoes
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     Make Ahead Duchess Mashed Potatoes

    Portion-size mounds of mashed potatoes may be frozen until you need them. Pipe them through a star tip for a fancy look.

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    Smashed Red Potatoes With Garlic

    smashed red potatoes with garlic
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     Smashed Red Potatoes With Garlic

    I added sliced garlic to the cooking water, but you can leave the garlic out if you prefer. Add parsley or chives for extra color.