Thanksgiving Potatoes

Though it's hard to find a Thanksgiving table that doesn't have potatoes on it, all too often that means a bowl of dry mashed potatoes or bland roasted ones. As easy as it is to mess up potatoes, it's almost as easy to make them one of the most delicious parts of the meal with a little know-how.

Instead of settling for mediocre spuds on Thanksgiving, wow your guests this year with dishes like pommes aligot (a.k.a. super-gooey mashed potatoes packed with cheese), the crispiest roast potatoes you've ever had, or a comforting Polish-style potato and cabbage casserole.

Though it's hard to find a Thanksgiving table that doesn't have potatoes on it, all too often that means a bowl of dry mashed potatoes or bland roasted ones. As easy as it is to mess up potatoes, it's almost as easy to make them one of the most delicious parts of the meal with a little know-how.

Instead of settling for mediocre spuds on Thanksgiving, wow your guests this year with dishes like pommes aligot (a.k.a. super-gooey mashed potatoes packed with cheese), the crispiest roast potatoes you've ever had, or a comforting Polish-style potato and cabbage casserole.

Mashed Potatoes

The Science of Perfect Mashed Potatoes
For perfect mashed potatoes, you need a handle on starch. Whether you prefer your mashed potatoes silky-smooth and creamy or fluffy and light, we'll give you a full walk-through. Or go for a slight twist with one of the variations below, like cheesy French pommes aligot to round things out.
Get the low-down on mashing potatoes just right

Mashed Potatoes Recipes

Mashed Potatoes FAQs

My mashed potatoes are gluey/too thick/too runny. What can I do?
Some of these problems are more easily solved than others (for example, there's no way to fix gluey potatoes, though you can repurpose them into something else). Check out our guide for fixing mashed potato mistakes.
What's the best tool for mashing potatoes?
For smooth mashed potatoes, we recommend using a ricer or food mill. For chunky mashed potatoes, a hand-masher will do the trick.
What's the best potato for mashed potatoes?
Russet potatoes make the best fluffy mashed potatoes. For rich and creamy mashed potatoes, use Yukon Golds.
Can I mash potatoes ahead of time?
Yes, you can. Check out our guide to make-ahead mashed potatoes with tips for how to best reheat them.
What's a good dairy-free mashed potato alternative?
If you're looking for a dairy-free mashed potato recipe, consider making skordalia, a garlicky Greek take on mashed spuds.

Roast Potatoes

How to Roast the Best Potatoes of Your Life
We roasted dozens of batches of potatoes to come up with the ultimate combination of soft and creamy on the inside and fantastically crispy on the outside. The key? We parboil the potatoes in water spiked with baking soda to make it alkaline, then toss them roughly in fat before roasting; the aggressive handling batters the potatoes' exteriors slightly, which builds up a starchy slurry that crisps up beautifully in the oven.
Master ultra-crispy, ultra-creamy roast potatoes

Roast Potatoes Recipes

Roast Potatoes FAQs

What's the best potato for roast potatoes?
Our favorite potatoes for crispy roast potatoes are russets and Yukon Golds. Russets get the crispiest crusts with a fluffy interior. Yukon Golds roast up darker, with a less crisp crust, but with a super-creamy interior. Check out our potato guide for more information on spud varieties.
Can I make roast potatoes ahead of time?
Yes, the potatoes for our "best crispy roast potatoes" can be par-cooked and "roughed up" in advance and then roasted to crispy perfection at a later time.

Potato Casseroles

Hasselback Potato Gratin (These Might Be the Best Potatoes Ever)
This ultimate take on potato casserole is essentially a sideways gratin. We arrange the potatoes, sliced on a mandoline, in a baking dish and cover them only partially with a mixture of cream and cheese. That leaves the tops exposed, allowing them to crisp up well.
See our step-by-step guide to the ultimate potato casserole

Potato Casseroles Recipes

Potato Casseroles FAQs

What's the best way to slice potatoes evenly?
If you're making a potato gratin and need perfectly even potato slices, use a mandoline.