If you'd like a new twist on mashed potatoes, try this recipe from Jennifer Adams of Plymouth, Massachusetts. She adds garlic to the potatoes and then places a cruet of olive oil on the table for guests to drizzle on the potatoes.
“I’ve shared the recipe for Mashed Potato Casserole many times with relatives and friends, just as my sister-in-law shared it with me,” writes Margaret Lindberg of Richland, Washington. “It can be prepared up to 2 days in advance.”
I received this recipe from a friend, but over the years I have added and subtracted ingredients until it was just right for my family. One of my friends calls it party potatoes. It's a great make-ahead dish with a delicious taste.
“While cleaning the freezer one day, I uncovered extra filling I had used in an appetizer. I decided to add it to the mashed potatoes for dinner…and it became an immediate favorite,” relates Laurie Balcom of Lynden, Washington.
• Add a dash of fun to weeknight meals with Parmesan Potato Balls from Pat Habiger, a field editor in Spearville, Kansas. The well-seasoned mashed potato bites have a crispy cornmeal coating that young and old will find appealing.
A co-worker gave me this recipe. Once my family tasted it, we all agreed it was a keeper! Speckled with ham and flavored with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses, it's a little different.—Gail Buss, Westminster, Maryland
Caramelized onions give a sweet and savory taste to this side dish from our Test Kitchen. Prepared with red potatoes, reduced-fat cheese and bacon, it makes a heartwarming accompaniment to any main course.
Even people who claim not to like sauerkraut will enjoy this tangy side dish from Betsy Esley of Three Mile Bay in New York. She uses handy convenience products to make it as quick and easy as it is delicious. "It's also especially good served with ham or any pork dish," Betsy adds. "And the flavor is even better the next day—if you're lucky enough to have leftovers!"
These yummy, chunky mashed potatoes from our home economists are rich enough to stand on their own. But they’re also delicious with cheese, bacon and sour cream…or heartier options, like Florets with Cheese Sauce and Dressed-Up Beef Tips.