Thanksgiving Recipes

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Creamy Mascarpone-Mashed Potatoes

Hello, it’s mashed potatoes calling, wondering where mascarpone has been their entire lives. After trying this luscious whipped rendition of the standard side dish, you might be wondering the same thing, too. All the familiar gang is here, like milk, heavy cream, and butter, but mascarpone adds welcome richness and contributes something uniquely extra to the silky texture of the mash. Pro tip: A potato ricer is the key to getting fluffy—not gummy—mashed potatoes, but if you don’t have one, a masher will do. Or, use your electric mixer’s whisk attachment for half the potatoes, and mash the remaining half.

Maple Sweet Potatoes With Spicy Pecan Praline

There are two kinds of people: people who wants their sweet potatoes, well, sweet, and those who want them savory. Miraculously, this recipe manages to satisfy both camps. A pepper-infused, buttery maple glaze coats fat wedges of sweet potato and petals of caramelized shallot. These are then showered with cayenne- and lime-flecked candied pecans (which could also live happily on a cheese or grazing board). This elegant dish is a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving sideboard, or as a side for a dinner party. It’s all but guaranteed that at least one person will ask for the recipe. And if there is one thing to take away from this dish to replicate for a weeknight dinner is that a dusting of lime zest on roasted sweet potatoes brings on a delicious vibrancy to repeat over and over again. Shopping tip: Look for long, skinny sweet potatoes so the wedges aren’t too thick.

Cheesy Potato and Pancetta Bake

If this recipe understands one thing, it’s that there’s no sense pulling any punches with a potato bake. Here, you’ll blanket waxy potatoes—like red new potatoes or gold fingerlings—with layers of melted fontina cheese and a cream-infused, pancetta-onion mixture that redefines decadence. It’s a simpler version of a classic gratin that still delivers on flavor and richness, making it perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. That being said, it is also at home on the weeknight dinner table. Try it with roasted chicken and green beans, or alongside grilled steak and steamed kale.

Garlicky Herb-Butter Layered Potatoes

An all-star lineup of ingredients in this simple potato side dish makes it clear that this dish is a winner. A mandoline is the key to the chip-thin slices of potatoes, which you’ll build up into a dense potato cake that is irresistibly tender and creamy in the center and crispy on the outside. It's like two side dishes in one! Though it takes some time to assemble, there's nothing hard about it. The result is a wow-worthy addition to any dinner table. Serve alongside roasted meats, on Thanksgiving dinner, or as part of a special brunch. Shopping tip: Look for potatoes—both the Yukon gold and the sweet—that are similar in size and shape, which will help make the layers even.

More Thanksgiving Recipes

Salt-and-Vinegar Roasted Potatoes

May we propose a new maxim for cooking: If it tastes great in chip form, then it follows that it will taste great on roasted potatoes. Case in point, this simple recipe, which takes its flavor cues from the eponymous chips. You’ll roast the potatoes in a bath of apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and salt, natch. After roasting until crispy perfection, you’ll finish them off with a shower of fresh herbs, plus more vinegar and flaky sea salt to amp up that salt-and-vinegar vibe. Fair warning, you might be tempted to eat these off your plate with your fingers.

Luscious Mashed Potatoes

What makes these mashed potatoes so luscious, you ask? Well, a cup of heavy cream, for starters. You’ll make a milk, cream, and butter mixture that’s infused with rosemary and bay leaf to add a sophisticated twist without leaning too hard into the herbal notes. (Because, let’s be honest, nobody wants a sprig of rosemary stuck in their teeth.) Another key to luxurious mashed potatoes is using a potato ricer, which transforms baked potatoes into airy fluff rather than the gluey mashed potatoes you might be used to.