We're less than one week away from Thanksgiving Day. ONE WEEK, people.
If you're scurrying to create your menu, look no further. We have rounded up our best and brightest recipes for all of the Thanksgiving classics, including the imfamous potatoes. No matter your style--mashed, baked, cheesy, sweet, or roasted golden--we've got the perfect potato recipe for your table. Don't search through recipe after recipe and wonder what's actually worth making--because we're gonna tell you. Check out our 10 highest rated, newest (and staff-loved), and/or most popular recipes on site and choose what sounds the best for your feast. No guess work involved, these are all safe bets.
This 5-star-rated recipe is a lightened version of sweet potato casserole. But no worries, it still includes both traditional toppings, marshmallows and toasty pecans. This recipe takes about 45 minutes to an hour and is the mother of all sweet potato casseroles.
Why it's one of the best: This recipe has been reviewed 82 times and boasts a strong 5-star rating. It's only 186 calories per serving (the dish serves 16) and you don't have to choose bewteen marshmallows or pecans.
"Hands down the best sweet potato casserole recipe out there!!! super easy to make too and I doubled it. I have never been a fan of regular heavy casseroles but this is just so delicious I wish I could make it all year round" - psjohnso
This recipe is also 5-star dish, but it's a little different from the casserole above. This is for those who want an extra-sweet sweet potato casserole. A candied pecan topping made from butter, brown, sugar, and pecans makes this side dish taste dangerously close to a dessert... but hey, that's just how some of us like it.
Why it's one of the best: This recipe has been rated over 60 times and maintains 5 stars. It uses half-and-half, maple syrup, vanilla, brown sugar, and butter to yield a smooth texture and an incredibly rich flavor.
"I started making this in 1998 when I first saw the recipe and it's always a hit! I've not found anything better since and a few people have asked for the recipe through the years." -Beckster987
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Russet and Yukon gold potatoes add dimension to the flavor and texture of this brand new mashed potato recipe. This recipe is great for those who want a classic, creamy mashed potato dish with their turkey. You're 35 minutes away from an always-pleasing, non-sweet potato spud recipe that you know your guests will love.
Why it's one of the best: These gorgeous, creamy potatoes only require 15 minutes of prep. Plus, this highly customizeable recipe is basically a 3 for 1 deal; don't be scared to try a special variation on it. Go for Butternut-Swirled Mashed Potatoes and incorporate fresh, delicious winter veggies into the mix. Or add roasted garlic and Parmesan for a rich, flavor-bomb twist. The directioins for these varistions can be found at the bottom of the Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes page.
This dish provides high-flavor with rich ingredients like Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gruyere, thyme, and fresh chives; a super savory profile that provides a break from the usual dessert-esque sweet potato dish. Sweet potatoes and white potatoes are sliced and layered, resulting in a wonderfully textured and gorgeously two-toned dish.
Why this is one of the best: This Two-Potato Gratin quite literally has it all. Good ratings, both types of potaotes, delightful texture, and mega flavor. There's no heavy cream or butter in this dish, keeping it at 218 calories per serving, a much healthier option when compared to some traditional potato casseroles and creamy gratins.
If you want a simpler sweet potato dish, try these Mashed Honey-Roasted Sweet potatoes. Better yet, serve these potatoes and allow your guests to add their own toppings before the meal. This is perfect for hosts who aren't sure if any guests have nut allergies, or hosts who want to cut back on sugar in the meal.
Why this is one of the best: This recipe is highly rated and versatile. It provides a lightly sweet alternative to denser sweet potato casseroles. Consider it regular Idaho mashed potatoes' sweeter cousin.
"Delicious, not overly sweet, quick and easy to prepare (I halved the recipe, so half the cooking time too). I don't know if it was because the potatoes were roasted, but it taste like the butter was browned; yum ;)" -steponme
Savory Parmesan cheese and Yukon gold potatoes are baked to perfection with a golden brown crust. This is the recipe to follow if you want to serve scalloped potatoes. Garnish it with fresh parsely for a pop of flavor and color.
Why it's one of the best: This highly-rated recipe only requires 20 minutes of prep. Try replacing some of the Parm with Gruyere cheese to step up the richly savory cheese factor.
"This is a yummy and very easy recipe! It was sort of like "potatoes alfredo" - very rich and creamy. I was worried during cooking that it would be too soupy, but it thickened up perfectly. The only change I made was chives instead of parsley. I added half, then garnished with the rest when it came out of the oven." -jenniferml2020
If you're low on time, this quick version of sweet potato casserole is the way to go. Canned yams save you from having to prep the potatoes and the addition of creme fraiche covers any lost flavor. This recipe takes 10 minutes for prep and only 40 minutes total.
Why it's one of the best: It's rare that canned yams taste just like fresh sweet potatoes, but this recipe has it figured out. Almonds top the casserole, which is a lovely change from the usual.
"Made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it! Super easy and no one even suspected it had canned yams in it." -BizzyMplsGirl
This recipe is the creamy potato casserole recipe with crunchy cornflake topping that your grandmother used to make. It's incredibly easy with store bought cornflakes, a can of cream of mushroom soup, and frozen hash browns. It can also be prepped ahead and refrigerated until you're ready to bake.
Why it's one of the best: This is the epitome of an "oldie but a goodie". You can make it ahead and earns consistent love from our users. Easy has never tasted so good.
"I have been making this every year for our big Christmas party. It goes so fast I have to make two. I use the shredded hash browns, sometimes add a little extra cheese, if there's any left, and it always turns out great. One note: Our party is huge, so I have to plan ahead. I make the casseroles and place them in gallon ziplock bags. These freeze great too! When I'm ready to bake, I squeeze them out, top it with the corn flakes and let it warm to room temp before it goes into the oven. This is a no fail recipe." -thecinnababe
Twice-baking potatoes give the added ingedients time to share flavors with the spuds. This 5-star recipe adds spinach, cream cheese, onion, and sharp cheddar cheese to the baked potato for full-on rich flavor. Spinach adds a welcome pop of color to an otherwise pale side dish.
Why it's one of our best: This recipe can be made easier by microwaving the potatoes for the first "bake." Spinah adds nutrition, but has a mellow flavor, so it doesn't over power the onion and cheese. Its rave reviews show that the recipe is easy to follow and absolutely delicious.
"Easy and yummy. I also like to sub roasted broccoli. It's great as a main dish with a side salad. To save time, I usually "bake" them the first time in the microwave, then finish up in the oven so the skins get crispy." -rederin
This one is for those who are interested in trying something new, and little lighter, this year. Cut carbs without cutting flavor by making this robustly flavored cauliflower mash. Browned butter gives the mash a nuttiness, while the sour cream and Parmesan contribute to the dish's velvety richness.
Why it's one of the best: This widely loved recipe is a great way to freshen things up this Thanksgiving. Even though the recipe only takes 30 minutes as is, you can also use a bag of frozen cauliflower, cooked according to the package, and save even more time.
"Better than mashed potatoes and my husband kept saying these were the best potatoes he had ever had and I finally told him at the end. We used fresh chives from the garden and no-fat sour cream. We'll be serving this for thanksgiving to our dieting friends! One to keep for the recipe file. Used two small heads of cauliflower." -Keiko123