21 Gourmet mashed potatoes that are sure to impress

Nov 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. ET

There's nothing more comforting than a big bowl of mashed potatoes with a pool of melted butter on top. But let's step it up and make these versions of gourmet mashed potatoes. Heck, they don't even have to be potatoes at all!

Every holiday dinner has them — the ever-so-comforting rich, buttery, mashed potatoes. They're a classic, they don't let you down, and they're best paired with turkey and gravy on the side. But what if you want to make something different, something special this season? We've got you covered with some amazingly unique, totally gourmet recipes that are just as simple but with an extra oomph of flavors and textures.

1. Whipped bourbon bacon sweet potatoes recipe

Whipped bourbon bacon sweet potatoes

Blog: How Sweet It Is

These whipped bourbon bacon sweet potatoes are basically all you need in life. You've got the booze, the protein, the mashed — what else do you need?

2. Bacon, ranch and cheddar potatoes recipe

Bacon, ranch, and cheddar potatoes

Blog: Picky Palate

We're loving the addition of a powdered ranch packet to these flavorful bacon, ranch and cheddar potatoes.

3. Roasted garlic Greek yogurt smashed potatoes recipe

Roasted garlic Greek yogurt smashed potatoes

Blog: Running to the Kitchen

Adding roasted garlic to any root vegetable really ups its game. Substitute the classic sour cream in mashed potatoes for Greek yogurt, like in these roasted garlic Greek yogurt smashed potatoes, and you're making it healthier and oh so tasty.

4. Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes recipe

Chipotle mashed sweet potatoes

Add a bit of spice to your meals with these chipotle mashed sweet potatoes.

5. Buttermilk bacon blue smashed potatoes recipe

Buttermilk bacon blue smashed potatoes

Blog: How Sweet It Is

Homey and delicious, these buttermilk bacon blue smashed potatoes have that tang from the buttermilk and extra flavor from the blue cheese. Make them!

6. Spicy bacon mashed potatoes recipe

Spicy bacon mashed potatoes

The addition of chili powder, paprika and cumin will make these spicy bacon mashed potatoes a hit with your spice-loving guests.

7. Garlic Parmesan-style baked mashed potatoes recipe

Garlic parmesan style baked mashed potatoes

Blog: Picky Palate

Layer your favorite pasta sauce and cheese over potatoes, and you'll get these perfect garlic Parmesan-style baked mashed potatoes.

8. Saffron mashed potatoes recipe

Saffron mashed potatoes

Blog: Tori Avey

Saffron mashed potatoes are simple yet showcase one of the most expensive spices on Earth — saffron. Why not treat yourself this holiday season?

9. Roasted parsnip and caramelized onion puree recipe

 Roasted parsnip and caramelized onion puree

Blog: Running to the Kitchen

Tell the potatoes to hit the road, and make this roasted parsnip and caramelized onion puree.

10. Ecuadorian mashed potatoes recipe

Ecuadorian mashed potatoes

Blog: Laylita's Recipes

Made with a sofrito of garlic and onions as well as achiote, these Ecuadorian mashed potatoes are served alongside hard-boiled eggs, avocados and more. It'll be difficult to go back to plain mashed potatoes any time soon.

11. Garlic and mushroom mashed potatoes recipe

Garlic and mushroom mashed potatoes

Adding mushrooms to these garlic and mushroom mashed potatoes makes for a hearty side dish.

12. Goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes recipe

Goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes

Blog: Running to the Kitchen

These goat cheese and spinach mashed sweet potatoes make for a bowl we'd love to dig into and actually feel healthy about it.

13. Creamy mashed parsnips and potatoes recipe

Creamy mashed parsnips and potatoes

Blog: The Daring Gourmet

These creamy mashed parsnips and potatoes mix two root vegetables for extra flavor and texture.

14. Hummus mashed potatoes recipe

Hummus mashed potatoes

Blog: Gimme Some Oven

Instead of loads of sour cream or heavy cream, just dump some hummus into these hummus mashed potatoes, and you're in for a treat.

15. Mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and bacon recipe

Mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and bacon

Blog: Cookin' Canuck

This recipe for mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and bacon is total comfort. Caramelizing the onions brings in a level of sweetness that pairs so well with the salty, savory bacon.

16. Loaded mashed potato bake recipe

Loaded mashed potato bake

Blog: Foxes Love Lemons

Loaded mashed potato bake — also known as the best thing that ever happened to potatoes.

17. Pumpkin mashed potatoes recipe

Pumpkin mashed potatoes

Blog: Created by Diane

Because it's fall and we like adding pumpkin to everything, these pumpkin mashed potatoes are right up our alley.

18. Gorgonzola smashed potatoes recipe

Gorgonzola smashed potatoes

Blog: The Little Kitchen

Gorgonzola smashed potatoes make for an amazing side dish to your steak dinners.

19. Roasted sweet potato puree with brown butter recipe

Roasted sweet potato puree with brown butter

Blog: Simple Bites

Brown butter makes everything better, especially this roasted sweet potato puree with brown butter.

20. Scallion-buttermilk mashed potatoes recipe

Scallion buttermilk mashed potatoes

Blog: Life's Ambrosia

Amazing how just some herbs and a splash of buttermilk can make these scallion-buttermilk mashed potatoes an outstanding side dish.

21. Herb and goat cheese mashed potatoes recipe

Herb and goat cheese mashed potatoes

Blog: Love & Olive Oil

These are the perfect twist on the traditional side dish, and we are loving these herb and goat cheese mashed potatoes.

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