The 45 Best Potato Side Dishes for Every Occasion

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Fried, baked, smashed, roasted, Hasselback, smothered in cheese…we love all things potato. In fact, we’ll venture to say we would eat spuds at any meal if given the chance. You probably have plenty of go-to dishes that involve fingerlings, russets and reds in your arsenal, but it’s time to switch things up from the usual (no offense, plain old mashed taters). From salt and vinegar roasted potatoes to creamy potatoes au gratin, here are the 45 best potato side dishes for any and all occasions.

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1. Salt and Vinegar Roasted Potatoes with Feta and Dill

This flavor combo is fabulous when paired with potato chips—but just wait until you try salt and vinegar on roasted potato chunks.

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2. Loaded Baked Potato ‘Chips’

Making your own chips isn’t as tough as you think. Case in point? These loaded bites of deliciousness with bacon and sour cream.

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3. Roasted Potato Galette with Crème Fraîche and Smoked Salmon

Hello, beautiful—sorry, we’re talking to that glorious potato pancake. As you layer the slices in the pan, every layer gets sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and butter. (Yes, it really is as good as it sounds.)

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4. Mashed Potato Fritters with Smoked Salmon and Chives

Leftover mashed potatoes get a face-lift—just fry them into delicious fritters. Soon, you’ll be making extra just for the leftovers.

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5. Cheese and Bacon Baked Potatoes

Hasselback potatoes only look fancy and fussy. They’re deceptively easy to make and an excellent pairing for any toppings. We like cheese and bacon, because duh.

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6. Potato and Burrata Pizza

Slice this pie into small squares or skinny wedges and serve it as a side dish…or go all out and make it the whole damn meal.

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7. 15-Minute Microwave Mashed Potatoes

There’s no need to save these babies for a special occasion—you don’t even have to boil water to make them. “Mashed potato Monday” has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?

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8. Tortillas de Papa en Caldillo (Potato Fritters in Broth)

These Oaxacan fritters are basically mashed potatoes fortified with egg and cheese and fried until crisp. Hungry yet?

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9. The Crispiest Potato Latkes Recipe of All Time

The trick to getting those crackly edges is to make sure every last drop of moisture is removed before the latkes hit the pan.

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10. Meal-Prep Mayo-Less Potato Salad

Instead of mayonnaise, this side dish is made with sour cream, yellow mustard and red wine vinegar for a tangy take on the classic.

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11. Oven-Roasted Beets and Potatoes

Just check out that photo—it’s practically begging to be Instagrammed. Vegetables never looked (or tasted) so good.

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12. Easy Homemade Potato Chips

Yeah, yeah, you could just buy a bag of chips and call it a day. But trust us when we tell you that DIYing your own is so worth it.

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13. Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Horseradish and Sea Salt

We thought we were mashed potato people through and through. But these smashed potatoes have us officially joining team crispy.

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14. Domino Potatoes

Beautiful? Check. Shockingly easy to assemble? Check, check. Yep, these have holiday dinner written all over them.

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15. The Best Potatoes au Gratin Ever

Every cook should have an au gratin recipe in their back pocket. This decadent dish is rich, creamy and can be made ahead—just assemble and hold in the fridge, then pop in the oven when you want to eat.

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16. Grown-Up Baked Potatoes

Choose your favorite topping: creamy mushroom, spicy Brussels sprouts or balsamic caramelized onion.

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17. Hokkaido Mashed Potatoes

Hokkaido potatoes are native to Japan, but you can swap in Idaho potatoes instead. And bonus, it incorporates seared mushrooms and green beans, too.

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18. Indoor Campfire Baked Potatoes with Green Goddess Sauce and Crispy Shallots

Green goddess dressing is for more than just your salad bowls. Drizzle it over baked potatoes and top with crispy shallots.

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19. Cheesy Potato Chive Galette

We’re obsessed with this savory pie, packed with Gruyère and fontina and sprinkled with thyme and dill.

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20. Fancy Smoked Scalloped Potato Stacks

Time to don those chef whites—serve up this restaurant-quality potato dish and your dinner guests will be super impressed.

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21. Grilled Potato and Fig Salad with Maple-Almond Clusters

“Potato salad” doesn’t have to mean “slathered in mayo.” Fire up the grill and char some potato wedges for this arugula and fig blend.

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22. Easy Vegan Scalloped Potatoes

No cheese, no cream, no problem. A blend of cashews and non-dairy milk ensures these spuds are just as luxurious as their non-vegan counterpart.

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23. Tex-Mex Mashed Potatoes

Plain mashed potatoes? Boring. Enter this Tex-Mex twist with bell peppers, jalapeños, green chili and plenty of sharp cheddar cheese.

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24. Vegan Potato Salad with Herbed Tahini Sauce

This no-mayo potato salad gets its creaminess from a tahini-based dressing that you’ll want to drizzle on everything. (And best of all, it takes only a couple of minutes to blend.)

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25. Potato Rösti with Sautéed Mushrooms

A crispy, buttery Swiss classic that’s about to be a new favorite on your dinner table. (And did we mention it’s ready in only 30 minutes?)

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26. Roasted Potato Fries with Avocado Aioli

Who needs ketchup? This creamy, dreamy avocado aioli is the ultimate dip for fries.

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27. Classic Potato Salad

Some things need no improvements. (Besides, if you didn’t bring a traditional potato salad to the potluck, did it really happen?)

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28. Potato Leek Quiches

Make these cuties ahead of time, then pop them in the microwave for a fancy breakfast any day of the week.

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29. Easy Roasted Potatoes

They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and seasoned just right. Pinch us, we must be dreaming.

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30. Garlic-Herb Cheesy Potatoes

These potatoes have a secret. They’re topped with crushed potato chips, because more is more, people.

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31. Sambal Potatoes

It’s hard to resist a platter of saucy, spicy taters. These are slathered in a blend of sambal oelek (an Indonesian chile paste), coconut milk and brown sugar for some creamy-sweet-spicy magic.

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32. Brown Butter Colcannon

Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes and hearty greens. This version calls for kale, but you could also try it with cabbage or chard.

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33. Crème Fraîche and Chive Mashed Potatoes

Adding milk and cheese is nothing new for mashed potatoes, but crème fraiche and chives? We’re in.

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34. French Potato Salad

Ooh la la. This simple side dish is flavored with tarragon, parsley, chives and Dijon mustard for a sophisticated rendition of a fave.

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35. Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes

Instead of waiting for a pot of water to boil, try steaming your spuds in an Instant Pot before mashing them. It’s fast, foolproof and makes a darn creamy final dish.

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36. Mediterranean Potato Salad

As much as we love a mayo-based salad, we’re also happy to mix it up with this citrusy, lightened up version.

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37. Crispy Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

Dare we say it? These are even better than takeout.

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38. Crispy Roasted Potatoes with Gremolata

Gremolata is an Italian condiment made from herbs, garlic, lemon and red pepper flakes. Read: It’s just what your plain roasted potatoes have been waiting for.

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39. Herbed Hasselback Potatoes

Fan out all those layers so they get nice and crispy as they bake.

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40. Sweet Corn Potato Salad

As if corn and potatoes weren’t already enough, this salad is tossed in a honey-Dijon dressing to really seal the deal.

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41. Grilled Gorgonzola Potatoes

Never grilled potatoes before? Now’s your chance. They get creamy on the inside and a little smoky on the outside (plus, there’s blue cheese involved).

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42. Nacho Loaded Potato Skins

You had us at “nacho” and then again at “loaded potato skins.” We’re never going back to tortilla chips.

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43. Sour Cream and Onion Potato Bake

We’d like to lie down in a blanket of these mashed potatoes, and we’re not afraid to admit it.

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44. Buttermilk Herb Smashed Potato Salad

By smashing the potatoes ever so slightly, you’ll make sure the creamy sauce gets in all the nooks and crannies.

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45. Patatas Bravas

This Spanish tapa is tossed in a spicy tomato sauce and served with garlicky aioli. Are you drooling yet? We are.

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