Mashed potatoes are delicious, and I am in no way suggesting that you not make mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving. Mashed potatoes with a hefty ladle of turkey gravy on them is one of my favorite elements of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
If, however, you were thinking of trying something a little different, think about making Smashed Potatoes, a rough-and-tumble relation to mashed potatoes flavored with plenty of garlic and parsley and a devil-may-care attitude. A cheesy and savory Potato Leek Gratin (pictured left) or a simple and hearty Potato Cabbage Casserole fits nicely on the Thanksgiving table, too.
Roasted Potatoes are an incredibly easy -- almost lazy! -- option: you can just throw them in the oven with the bird. If your climate is right and the weather cooperates, Grilled Potatoes are another beyond-easy option, especially if you happen to be grilling the turkey this year. Potatoes In Cilantro Sauce (pictured left) are one even less traditional option, or try this Spicy Potatoes With Cabbage & Carrots.
Or go ahead and keep with tradition -- just make sure to make the Best Mashed Potatoes possible. Warning: it will involve investing about $15 in a ricer.
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