If turkey is the attractive-but-boring star of the rom-com that is Thanksgiving Dinner, mashed potatoes are the funny best friend everyone low-key likes more than the protagonist.
They’re so good! You’d rather hang out with her for 90 minutes than you would a boring slice of turkey.
Friends, let me tell you: It can be done. An all-mashed potato Thanksgiving dinner can happen for you – just ask the highly creative food bloggers of the internet.
Is there a more American food than casserole? This version from Olivia’s Cuisine tops sauteéd shredded turkey with a thick slather of mashed potatoes.
Cranberry sauce: Mashed Potato Cakes with Cranberry Chutney
This recipe from Oh Sweet Basil builds a cheesy, fry-able dough from leftover mashed potatoes, and a sweet chutney topping from leftover cranberry sauce, orange juice, and spices you probably already have on hand.
Green Beans: Green Bean Mashed Potatoes
This recipe from Living Chirpy is your basic creamy mashed potatoes recipe with a green veggie twist. Do it for your health.
Bread: Potato Rolls
You know that old box of potato flakes your mom gave you after cleaning out her kitchen cabinets? This buttery roll recipe from Oh Sweet Basil finally puts those to good use.
Carrots: Carrot Mashed Potatoes
In this recipe from Living Chirpy, sweet carrots and creamy mashed potatoes make for an unexpected turkey day side dish.
Stuffing: Amish Potato Stuffing
Considering that stuffing is the second-greatest Thanksgiving side dish of all time, this recipe from Brooklyn Farm Girl really speaks to us.
Dessert: Chocolate Mashed Potato Cake
This recipe from I Heart Eating manages to squeeze potatoes into an otherwise unassuming chocolate cake recipe.
Dessert Part 2: Mashed Potato Truffles
If you really want to throw your dinner guests a curveball, offer up these truffles from Dessert For Two. Made with leftover mashed potatoes and a ton of chocolate, you can top these unusual treats with whatever you want.