Hear us out: potatoes just might be the perfect food. They might seem boring at first glance, but there’s an endless number of ways to prepare them, from mashed to baked to french fried. No holiday meal is complete without spuds, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite potato side dishes. Read on to find your family’s new favorite.

Baked Potato Fries

Satisfy your craving for french fries by whipping up a batch of healthier baked fries. They come out deliciously crispy, and can be paired with pretty much any meal. Grab the recipe by clicking here.

Baked Mashed Potato Casserole

For a fun twist on mashed potatoes, try this delish potato casserole. It adds celery and red peppers to the mix, and it’s topped with melty cheese to lure in the little ones. To get the recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Crisps Salad

Potato dishes don’t have to be heavy! This salad is topped with crispy sweet potato strips and also has lots of healthy veggies, making it the perfect companion for a heavier meal. Click here to grab the recipe.

Bourbon Butter Sweet Potato Bites

Sweet potato fans, take note—this genius recipe from The Speckled Palate is a winner. The spuds are tossed in a butter and bourbon, then roasted in the oven for a super indulgent (and easy!) side dish. Get all the details by clicking here.

Herby Parmesan Smashed Potatoes

Red-skinned potatoes are our new favorite thanks to this genius recipe from Domestic Gothess. The inside of the ‘taters stays soft and creamy, and the outside gets super crispy—aka potato perfection. To grab the recipe, click here.

Sweet Potato Puff

Knock. Knock. Who's There? Orange. Orange Who? Orange you thankful for sweet potato side dishes that look like cupcakes? Your dainty diners will go crazy for these festive treats, and they're a cinch to put together.  Leave it to Weelicious to nail the perfect Thanksgiving side dish; click here to get the recipe.

Not Quite Mashed Potatoes

Let's call it a mockmash! This savory cauliflower puree from The Iron You makes a healthy stand-in for mashed potatoes. It gets its fabulous flavor from cheese, milk (or almond milk) and a touch of butter, has about one quarter of the calories of typical mashed potatoes, and best of all, little eaters may not even realize they're getting their daily dose of vegetables. Snag the recipe by clicking here.

Pretty Purple Potatoes

Finding perfectly hued purple potatoes is the most challenging part of this simple recipe, but if you do, you've got yourself a side dish that will be the belle of the ball (our apologies to Tom the Turkey). Click here to pop over to Smitten Kitchen and follow their simple steps to making this stunning dish.

Oh Great Gratin! Potatoes

Pretty as pie! This healthy potato gratin with herbs is creamy without having to actually add cream—and great flavor results from thyme and rosemary. This is a go-to dish if you're going to a potluck-style turkey dinner. Hop over to Food and Wine for the easy-to-follow recipe.

Sweet Starches

Vegan-licious! These whipped coconut sweet potatoes are made with coconut milk, making them not only creamy and fluffy but also dairy free. Add a touch of maple syrup, hint of cinnamon and a sprinkling of coconut "snow" and voilà—they're the perfect alternative to the traditional mashed potato. Visit Weelicious for the full recipe and get whippin'!

Garlicky Good Potatoes

Because we know a good thing when we taste one, here is the ever-popular mashed potato with a twist. Natasha of Natasha's Kitchen enhanced the traditional mashed potato by adding garlic and chives and using sour cream instead of heavy cream. Extra bonus: these can be made in a Crock Pot so they'll stay warm until the big event. To grab the recipe, click here.

Potato as Spaghetti

Looking like spaghetti, but tasting like sweet potato, this side dish is not just delicious to eat, but super fun to make, too. Have your kiddos join in on the action, since spiralizing fruits and veggies feels a lot like creating the coolest Play-Doh hair ever. Susan, the author of The Wimpy Vegetarian, is the mastermind behind this unique holiday side dish. Click here to get the recipe. If you don't have a spiralizer in your kitchen already, you can purchase one here.

Perfect Potato Pancakes

These simple potato pancakes, made from pre-shredded frozen potatoes, can be fun for more than just one holiday this season. Switch out flour for matzo meal and enjoy at Passover too. Find out how to get lucky with latkes here.

Not Fried Potatoes

Taste Food Blog gives the little's favorite fries a healthy and colorful facelift, just in time for the holidays. Giving the russet potato a well-deserved break, this recipe calls for sliced up parsnips, carrots, rutabagas and sweet potatoes. We think these yummy baked veggies will look mighty fine next to the turkey and cranberry sauce. Find the full recipe here.


— Aimee Della Bitta



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