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Mashed potatoes are one of the iconic side dishes in a Thanksgiving meal. They’re also one of the most versatile sides, because even in mashed form, they can be prepared in so many different ways.

Here are just four variations to consider adding to your menu this Thanksgiving.

 

Standard Mashed Potatoes

You can’t go wrong with good, old-fashioned recipe with butter and cream. This video from Tasty features a couple of mix-in variations, but it also highlights different ways to mash your potatoes, from using a regular hand masher to utilizing a fine sieve.

 

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

This recipe from AllRecipes.com also features a touch of Romano cheese, and who doesn’t love a little cheese with their potatoes, regardless of how they’re prepared?

 

Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes

This Martha Stewart recipe actually comes courtesy of Martha’s own mother and utilizes cream cheese to add a unique flavor and zip.

 

Loaded Mashed Potato Bake

What if a loaded baked potato was actually a caserole-type dish? That’s what you get with this recipe from Delish that packs the flavor with plenty of cheddar, garlic, sour cream and bacon. Don’t forget the chives, if only for the hint of color alone.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.