11/07/2015 07:01 am ET Updated Oct 12, 2017

The Mashed Potato Recipes You Want And Need

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Side dishes are often overlooked, a mere afterthought to fill up the plate. But when sides are mashed potatoes, they are the main event. They’re are buttery and fluffy, filling and savory, and all in all wholly satisfying (so long as they aren’t made with potatoes that have been stored in the fridge). That’s why they have a spot not only at our dinner table, but at the Thanksgiving feast, too.

Lucky for all of us, there’s more than one way to make them, which means there are many excuses to eat them. From buttermilk to blue cheese to garlic to bacon, it’s time to give your mashed potato dish an upgrade ― and we have just the recipes to help you do that.