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Though potatoes are a year-round pantry staple, seasonal flavors can really amp up your favorite spud dishes.

Zee Krstic
October 12, 2017

We eat potatoes all year long, but there's something about the chilly holiday season that makes our go-to starch become a newfound source of inspiration.

Potatoes can help transform your Thanksgiving spread, from hors d’oeuvres to sensational sides and even desserts. Though potatoes play a traditional sidekick to the Thanksgiving Day turkey, this starch can also be a source of inspiration all month long.

Your family, friends, and guests won’t be shy about taking second helpings of any of these spectacular dishes. These are some of our favorite ways to incorporate potatoes into your Thanksgiving spread.

1) Silky Smooth Mashed Potatoes

Photo: Caitlin Bensel

This classic side dish is easily mastered with a recipe that promises zero clumps – and we even have a new use for the peels after you've used the potatoes. 

2) Triple-Onion Mashed Potatoes

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Another spin on the perfect side dish calls for leeks, shallots, and chives, a trio of flavors that goes perfectly with any protein you plan to serve.

3) Roasted Sweet Potaotes with Smoked Paprika-Honey Butter

Photo: Jennifer Causey

We love how smoked paprika adds a tantalizing kick to an otherwise naturally sweet side dish.

4) Potato and Parsnip Gratin

Photo: Jennifer Causey

This lightened version of a cheesy, creamy favorite calls on the power of half-and-half to keep each serving to just 3 grams of saturated fat. It's an indulgent dish that won't do nearly half the damage as a regular gratin would.

5) Chipotle-Lime Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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It might seem a bit untraditional to serve this dish on Thanksgiving, but we're betting that your guests will love the brightness and acidity against heavier fall dishes.

6) Gingered Sweet Potato Soup with Marsmallow and Peanut Topper

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Kira Corbin

Enjoy the taste of sweet potato casserole in soup form by topping pureed sweet potatoes with unsalted peanuts and mini marshmallows. It's a great appetizer that can be quickly made and served in a smaller portion.

7) Roasted Greek-Style Potatoes

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Our spin on traditional Greek home fries calls on a high oven temperature to get your potatoes extra crispy.

8) Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Cranberry-Chipotle Dressing

This cranberry-chipotle dressing is a great way to tie sweet potatoes into a wonderfully filling side salad for your Thanksgiving spread. This salad is also a great way to use leftover sweet potatoes.

9) Sweet Potato and White Bean Soup

Photo: Jennifer Causey

Another great option to serve your family and guests before starting into the traditional Thanksgiving meal, this light soup comes to life when you add chopped apples and fresh dollop of tangy Greek yogurt. 

10) Smoky Potato and Greens Tacos

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Lindsey Lower

I know what you're thinking – how have we not already devised a way to bring tacos to our Thanksgiving spread? Potatoes and collard greens play well together in charred tortillas, making this a great option for vegetarians.

11) Sheet Pan Parmesan Fried Chicken with Broccoli and Sweet Potato Wedges

Photo: Justin Walker

If you don't have a turkey lover at your table, this fast one-pan recipe is a great way to highlight classic fall flavors without relying on a roasted turkey.

12) Buttered Sweet Potato Knot Rolls

Photo: Randy Mayor

Everyone loves a good bread basket, and these rolls are a great way to keep everyone satisfied until dinner time.

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