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Our Top Mashed Potatoes Recipes, All in One Buttery Pile

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The holidays would benefit from a playbook, wouldn't they? We partnered with Braun Household to arm you with resources for cooking like you wrote it yourself, with a little help from their MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender whose ACTIVEblade technology makes intimidating tasks a cinch.

My mother is particular about her mashed potato preferences: No skins, as fluffy and melt-in-your-mouth as possible, butter on butter, and maybe some chives. She does not waffle, she does not stray. This is her truth. I could not be more different: Give me your chunky, your skins, and your sour cream. Our mashed potato preferences may differ, but we make do.

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Clearly a version that would please my mother.
Clearly a version that would please my mother. Photo by Bobbi Lin

You'll notice that Food52 users' preferences are vastly different, too. It's like when everyone in your family has differing and unshakeable ideas and favorites—that fun thing! If there is one thing about mashed potatoes that's consistent, though, it's that you gotta smash 'taters somehow, whether you like them silky or sporting some chunks. Don't touch a food processor during the process, for let it be known you will end up not with mashed potatoes but with starchy gloop. Some people go for a mash-by-hand approach and some people use a potato ricer, but I don't play that way. For me, it's hand blender or bust. The hand blender gives you control over your potato texture and fluffiness—and no gluey potatoes to boot. But be sure to move slow and steady, and consider whipping in additional ingredients after you've mashed with the blender.

And then comes the fun part: It's a toss up on additions, toppings, and technique. And that's the beauty of the mashed potato. It takes to so many flavors that'll please all kinds. And you can switch it up during the holidays when the same old-same old can start to taste too familiar. Or just make the mashed potato everyone looks forward to because they're just that good.

Here are all of our favorite ways to a better mashed potato:

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Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions

Preparation is Key

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Dun, Dun, Dun: Our Favorites

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Monica's Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Monica's Sour Cream and Chive Mashed Potatoes by EmilyC

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese

Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese by Sonali aka the Foodie Physi...

Diane Morgan's Classic Mashed Potatoes
Diane Morgan's Classic Mashed Potatoes
Mr. L's Mashed Potatoes

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Silver Palate's Thanksgiving Potatoes

Silver Palate's Thanksgiving Potatoes by Food52

Pre-Seasoned Mashed Potatoes

Pre-Seasoned Mashed Potatoes by Derek Laughren

Garlic-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Garlic-Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Niknud

Sage, Brown Butter & Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes

Sage, Brown Butter & Crème Fraîche Mashed Potatoes by cynthia | two red bowls

Parsnip and Potato Mash

Parsnip and Potato Mash by Merrill Stubbs

Toppings and Mix-Ins Galore

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Winter Greens Gremolata and Pesto

Winter Greens Gremolata and Pesto by Phyllis Grant

Cranberry, Onion, and Ginger Chutney

Cranberry, Onion, and Ginger Chutney by Sara Jenkins

Pistachio Dukkah

Pistachio Dukkah by eva @myfrontburner

Fish Fragrant Sauce (Chinese Mother Sauce #6)

Fish Fragrant Sauce (Chinese Mother Sauce #6) by Madame Huang

The Silver Palate's Green Sauce
The Silver Palate's Green Sauce
Cider-Sage Gravy

Cider-Sage Gravy by ChrisandAmy

Bryant Terry's Mustard Green Harissa

Bryant Terry's Mustard Green Harissa by Genius Recipes

Sweet Potatoes are Potatoes, too!

Mashed Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
Mashed Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
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Spicy and Sweet Potato Colcannon with Pancetta by Allison Cay Parker

Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Coconut Mashed Sweet Potatoes by Gena Hamshaw

From Leftovers to Bestovers

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Sweet Potato and Chickpea Cakes

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Leftover Mashed Potato Flatbread

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Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast "Burritos"

Thanksgiving Leftovers Breakfast "Burritos" by fiveandspice

We partnered with Braun Household to arm you with resources for cooking during the holidays, from the simple to the complex, with a little help from their MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender. Want to get serious with your mashing techniques? Try the masher attachment to control your consistency.

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