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How to Cook Your Way to the Creamiest, Crunchiest Thanksgiving Potatoes

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Potatoes are one of the few ingredients that star in more than one dish on the Thanksgiving table. They have real estate, and that's something we (New York residents) know the value of.

Photo by James Ransom

Before you make an investment in a potato recipe or four and get out that stock pot and peeler, take a look at these articles below (hover over the images to see the story, then click!) and then whip up your best Thanksgiving potatoes.

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A potato is a potato, right? Wrong!

These four articles go to show that there is more to a potato than rounded, starchy goodness—get to the root of everyone's favorite root, learn the best way to store them, find new ways to get the most bang from your buck, and figure out how to match recipes to the potatoes that suit them best.

Down & Dirty: Potatoes

Down & Dirty: Potatoes by Nozlee Samadzadeh

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The Best Way to Store Potatoes

The Best Way to Store Potatoes by Lindsay-Jean Hard

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Consider the Potato

Consider the Potato by Gabriella Paiella

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A Potato Primer

A Potato Primer by Marian Bull

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Do the mash.

Unlock the secrets to perfectly mashed potatoes: Get some tips for a perfect mash, work on a strategy, toss your recipes out the window, and get to know (and perhaps fall in love with) the potato ricer.

Molly Wizenberg and Brandon Pettit's Mash Tips

Molly Wizenberg and Brandon Pettit's Mash Tips by MollyandBrandon

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Mashed Potato Strategies

Mashed Potato Strategies by Elana Carlson

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How to Make Mashed Potatoes Without a Recipe

How to Make Mashed Potatoes Without a Recipe by Joy Belamarich

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Why You Need a Potato Ricer

Why You Need a Potato Ricer by Mei Chin

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Variations on a theme. (It’s potatoes, guys. The theme is potatoes.)

Let's face it—there are more potato dishes you love than you have space for on your table. Not to make it harder for you, but here are a few amazing potato dishes to consider: potato salad, otatoes à la Lyonnaise, potatoes gratin (with an explainer, in case you, like us, had a hard time figuring out what exactly a gratin is), and 18 ways to switch up your selection of spuds.

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A Potato Salad That Gets (& Deserves) Your Attention

A Potato Salad That Gets (& Deserves) Your Attention by Elizabeth Stark

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Potatoes à la Lyonnaise

Potatoes à la Lyonnaise by Mimi Thorisson

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What Exactly Is a Gratin?

What Exactly Is a Gratin? by Caroline Lange

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Your Creamy, Starchy, Crispy-Edged Guide to Thanksgiving Potatoes

Your Creamy, Starchy, Crispy-Edged Guide to Thanksgiving ... by Caroline Lange

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Scrappy Do's

Turn leftovers into bestovers: a twist on shepherd's pie, fried potato scallion cakes, loaded waffles, and a soup that will help you use up some of that extra turkey, too.

Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash

Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie with Parsnip and and Potato Mash by Gena Hamshaw

Bert Greene's Potato Scallion Cakes (Fritterra)

Bert Greene's Potato Scallion Cakes (Fritterra) by Genius Recipes

Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet or Savory

Sweet Potato Waffles, Sweet or Savory by fiveandspice

Canal House Turkey and Potato Soup

Canal House Turkey and Potato Soup by Alexandra Stafford


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