5 Mashed Potato Alternatives for Thanksgiving

I am really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. Ever since my husband and I got married, we’ve alternated years. This year we are spending it with his family and there will be like 60+ people there. Not even joking. It’s so much fun to sit, eat and just enjoy each others company. The food is always amazing. I truly look forward to all of it. If you are just starting to plan your menu and you want a few new recipes or alternatives to the traditional side dishes, then you will want to check out these 5 mashed potato alternatives for Thanksgiving!

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Planning the Perfect Thanksgiving

If you are anything like me, when you are hosting a holiday, you start planning WAY in advance. While I am not hosting this year, next year I will be and yes…I am already thinking about it! Last year, when my husband and I were following the Keto diet, we made sure that EVERYTHING (or nearly everything) we made for Thanksgiving was Keto approved. Everyone that came to our house that year really enjoyed the food. When you put a lot of thought into the planning, you can’t go wrong!

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Yes…I realize mashed potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple. However, if you would like to shake things up a bit and have something slightly different, then one (or more) of these mashed potato alternatives are for you! Or…if you think your guests will go nuts if they don’t have mashed potatoes…make both! But I’m telling you, these alternative recipes are amazing!

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

If you are like me and you are looking for a less starchy option to mashed potatoes, then my garlic mashed cauliflower is the recipe for you. It is amazing! The consistency is very similar to mashed potatoes, but it’s a lot better for you. That is, if you are watching carbs like I am. Even my kids tasted it and liked it!

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Twice Baked Potatoes

If cauliflower as a potato substitute is not your thing, I get it. It’s definitely not for everyone. If you are having a smaller get together for the holidays, then these twice baked potatoes by Emily Enchanted are perfect! They are super easy to make and you can make them ahead of the holidays for a little easy pre-holiday prep!

Cheesy Potato Casserole

If there is one thing that is a standard Thanksgiving food, it’s a casserole of some sort. This cheesy potato casserole by The Salty Side Dish is an excellent mashed potato alternative! Not only does it look super simple to make, and it’s full of flavor, but it’s another recipe that I would put together ahead of time. All I would need to do is pop it in the oven on Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving Loaded Potatoes

I have a couple more mashed potato alternatives for you! This next recipe, by Rocky Mountain Savings, mixes two Thanksgiving staples…potatoes and stuffing! Sounds good already, doesn’t it? These Thanksgiving loaded potatoes take the traditional baked potato and jumps it up a notch with the addition of stuffing (and a few other tasty ingredients).

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

One of my favorite recipes of all time is a good cheesy hash brown casserole. This delicious cheesy hash brown casserole recipe by Cosmopolitan Cornbread has a few ingredients that I’ve never had in similar casseroles before and I bet those additions are amazing! I guarantee you, if you make this as one of your mashed potato alternatives this Thanksgiving, your family and friends will not even notice that mashed potatoes are missing!

So…what are your favorite mashed potato alternatives?

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Are you looking for something a little different this Thanksgiving to serve your guests? These mashed potato alternatives are perfect!

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