Our 10 Most Popular Potato Side Dishes
If you were to ask me what one food could I eat every day for the rest of my life, my answer would most certainly be potatoes. Not only are there about a million ways to prepare potatoes, but also, no matter how you cook them, it’s hard to beat their sweet, creamy texture and crisp exterior.
Turns out you guys pretty much feel the same way and these recipes — 10 of our most popular potato-based sides — prove that you’ll eat potatoes almost every way, but that you really love roasted potatoes of every kind.
I was personally a little surprised to see not one but two sweet potato recipes in the top 10, but digging into this recipe it all becomes clear: These potatoes are caramelized to perfection with a tender yet crisp exterior.
Latkes aren’t an everyday potato side, but enough of us rely on this recipe once or twice a year to make these stunning (but easy!) latkes at home.
Here’s how hot crash potatoes work: You boil the potatoes until tender, smash them into some olive oil, then roast them into the ultimate roasted potatoes — burnished and full of little craters of soft, creamy interiors.
I can personally speak to the excellence of this recipe. It’s literally just sweet potatoes, butter, salt, and longer than you think the potatoes need in the oven. The results? The sweetest roasted sweet potatoes you’ll ever eat.
Have you tried this ingenious meal prep trick for potatoes yet? It works with both russets and sweets, steaming them until they are so tender and fluffy inside. Then you can quickly crisp them in the oven for baked potato perfection.
Yet another roasted potato, this time in fry form. Steak fries are the most adaptive to this oven-roasting technique because their shape primes them for equal crispiness on two sides.
The other side of the potato spectrum includes every type of fluffy, creamy, and luxe mashed potatoes. This is our classic method and one of our most popular year after year.
The secret to these vegan mashed potatoes is actually in the cooking method. A bit of the starchy potato water replaces the need for cream.
When you need super-quick comfort food, look no further than these Instant Pot mashed potatoes. All of the cooking and smashing happens right in the pot — where you can also keep them warm.
This is the mashed potato technique I use the most because it is easy to cook (and almost completely hands-off), plus the slow cooker works as a warming serving dish for holiday parties.