Move Beyond Mashed: 10 Extra-Special Potato Sides
While I love a creamy-smooth purée of potatoes, it’s been five years since regular mashed potatoes were on my Thanksgiving table. Unlike the other components of the Thanksgiving meal—the stuffing, cranberry sauce, and turkey—mashed potatoes are a ubiquitous dish that can be found on all sorts of menus, from KFC to high-end restaurants, all year round. That’s why I like to serve a potato side dish that is more special than just plain old smashed taters. If you’re ready to move beyond mashed, you’re in luck: I’ve got some gorgeous inspiration to delight your senses. Here are 10 sensational potato sides that will be a welcome addition to your regularly scheduled Thanksgiving program.
I’ve made this recipe for roasted domino potatoes countless times. It’s like a healthier, cream-free potatoes gratin. Depending on the size of your Idaho potatoes, you might end up with a lot of waste to make the rectangular shape of the potatoes. If that bothers you, simply skip this step.
You can’t go wrong with crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on the-inside garlic roasted potatoes. To prepare this side dish in advance, slice the potatoes and toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper up to two days before Thanksgiving. Keep in the fridge in a large plastic ziplock bag.
To turn fingerling potato rounds into a fanned accordion, place each potato in the middle of an old spoon. Slice them into thin sections with a knife. The natural curve of the spoon will ensure that you don’t cut the potato all the way through. These babies are like French fries—wildly addictive—so be sure to make extra.
When I saw this showstopping classic potatoes gratin in the current issue of Bon Appétit magazine, I knew I had to make it. It’s on the menu of the friendsgiving I’m hosting this weekend. It’s layers of potato, garlic, shallot, thyme, gruyère, and parmesan—I can’t wait to try it!
Shop servingware perfect for the potato dishes found in this story, below.
What potato dish are you serving on Thanksgiving?