We hope everyone had a festive and safe Halloween and is ready for the sprint to the New Year, with holiday meals being at the apex of it all. This week, we are sharing five spins on a classic holiday mashed potato recipe. These recipes take the family-favorite dish that you know and love and incorporate cheeses, bacon, and cream cheese for a savory (and sometimes sweet) addition to the dinner table. Take a scroll through the recipes, pick your favorite, and let’s get cooking.
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Can you name a better combo than cheese and potatoes? Something about the saltiness, the creaminess, and the grind of black pepper that brings it all together is already making our mouths water. This recipe takes your classic mashed potato recipe that we all know and adds four ounces of pepper jack cheese for a spicy and tangy flavor profile.
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Get ready to take your mashed potato game to the next level and leave the family begging for the recipe with this epic dish! The loaded mashed potato casserole takes everything you love about a baked potato and turns it into a steamy hot bite of joy. Layer your favorite casserole dish with bacon, green onion, and cheese and you’re ready to bake. The best part? You can’t go wrong with the cheese. Go for a Mexican four-cheese blend, Colby jack, mild cheddar, or mozzarella.
Let’s change the shape, add a deep fryer, and you have these irresistible crispy crunchy potato bites! The kiddos will not be able to take their hands off of these, and you might not either. By adding an egg and some flour, you’re essentially making a potato dough that is easily moldable and fry-able. Experiment with fun shapes for your fritters and go to town. Enjoy!
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The cooking queen herself, Ina Garten, has a sweet potato puree recipe that just had to make our list for fall. This recipe uses orange zest, orange juice, cayenne, butter, half-and-half, and black pepper to create a sweet and zesty sweet potato mashed potato. You are going to fall in love with this unique fall flavor, made by a chef we trust! To make it vegan, substitute your favorite plant milk and vegan butter (Earth Balance works great) in the recipe!
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Lastly, you can never go wrong with garlic red skin mashed potatoes. Red bliss potatoes are less starchy and richer in flavor, making them ideal for this chunky potato dish. This recipe calls for chicken stock to boil your potatoes for a rounder flavor and cream cheese for a salty richness. We know these will be a crowd-pleaser for your festive family dinner this November.
No matter the recipe, potatoes can bring us all the comfort feels and the entire family together. Enjoy the taters, everyone!