What to Serve with Mashed Potatoes?

Mashed potatoes are a classic and comforting dish that many people love to eat. The only problem is, what should you serve with mashed potatoes?

Here are what to serve with mashed potatoes:

  • Main dishes: steak and fries, beef stew, chicken tikka masala, meatloaf, etc.
  • Side dishes: gravy, dumplings, roasted veggies, baked beans, and many more.

What are other dishes great to pair with mashed potatoes? And how to prepare them? This article will look at some of the best things to serve with mashed potatoes.

What is a Mashed Potato?


Mashed potato is cooked mashed potatoes. It is a simple way to prepare mashed potatoes. The process involves boiling and mashing potatoes together. This makes for a creamy texture that is perfect for serving other dishes.

You can serve mashed potatoes as a classic side dish when you have meat, poultry, fish, or vegetables on your plate. You can also serve mashed potatoes as an accompaniment to soup, salad, pasta, rice, or beans.

This perfect side dish is ideal for any occasion, whether it be after a hectic day at work or a festive dinner like Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving.

Why Are They Called Mashed Potatoes? The History

There are so many interesting versions of the history of mashed potatoes.

The first mashed potatoes were made in England in the 1600s, but people probably started cooking them before then. Some sources say that it was the English who came up with mashed potatoes and gravy, somewhere in the 1600s.

According to some other accounts, the real formula for mashed potatoes was devised in 1771, when a Frenchman named Antoine Parmentier hosted a contest on how to prepare potatoes.

However, potatoes come from South America, and they might have been cooked there thousands of years ago.

How Do You Describe Mashed Potatoes?

A good description of mashed potatoes is “mushy” and “creamy”. They are soft and smooth because they are mashed.

Are Smashed and Mashed Potatoes the Same?

Smashed potatoes are different from mashed potatoes.

Mashed potatoes would get mashed with milk, butter, and usually sour cream into a creamy consistency.

Smashed potatoes, on the other hand, get tossed with some olive oil and herbs then smashed into thin patties and roasted until crispy.

Are Mashed Potatoes Healthy?

Yes! They are low-fat, high in fiber, and contain plenty of nutrients such as vitamin C, potassium, and magnesium. They only have 150 calories per potato/serving

So, nutrition and calorie-wise, potatoes are great to add to your diet.

What to Serve with Mashed Potatoes?

mashed potatoes and steak
Mashed Potatoes and Steak. Credit: canva

Main Dishes that Go with Mashed Potatoes

These main dishes are perfect for serving with a side of mashed potatoes and steamed greens. 

Steak & Fries

Steak & fries are the perfect matches with mashed potatoes. A steak is usually served medium-rare, but feel free to cook it longer f you prefer it well done. If you want to add a little kick to your meal, try adding pepper sauce to the steak before serving.

Beef Stew

Beef stew is another great option for those who love their food hearty. For a lighter version, try using vegetable stock instead of beef broth. Add some fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil, black pepper, or parsley to give your stew a delicious flavor.

Chili Mac

Chili mac is a popular Mexican dish made of ground beef and chili peppers. Topped with cheese, sour cream, and cilantro, this dish goes perfectly with mashed potatoes.

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken tikka masala is one of my favorite Indian meals. I like to serve it over basmati rice with a side of sautéed spinach.

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is a traditional English dish made from minced lamb, onions, carrots, and peas. Try topping your shepherd’s pie with mashed potatoes and gravy.


Meatloaf is a classic American dish made from ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, milk, and seasonings. Top it off with mashed potatoes and gravy for a complete meal.

Roast Beef

Roast beef is a classic British dish. It consists of thinly sliced beef topped with horseradish, mustard, and butter.

Ham & Cheese Baked Oatmeal

Ham and Swiss croissants are a classic French pastry filled with ham and Swiss cheese. They go perfectly with mashed potatoes.

Sausage Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a Creole dish consisting of rice, sausage, chicken, shrimp, andouille sausage, bell peppers, tomatoes, green onions, and spices.

Vegetable Lasagna

Lasagna is a classic Italian dish made from layers of noodles, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese.

Seafood Paella

Seafood paella is a Spanish rice dish made with seafood, chicken, pork, and vegetables.

Ham & Swiss Croissants

Ham and Swiss croissants are a classic French pastry filled with ham and Swiss cheeses. They go perfectly with a side of mashed potato.

Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are an excellent choice for kids because they are low in fat and calories. When choosing chicken tenders, look for ones without added sauces or extra ingredients.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow cooker pulled pork is a simple way to feed a crowd on a budget. You can use either pork shoulder or butt roast for this recipe.

Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

Eggplant parmesan is a savory vegetarian dish that combines eggplant, mushrooms, zucchini, and tomato in a creamy, cheesy sauce.

Turkey Breast

Turkey breast is a lean protein that is full of nutrients. It is also effortless to prepare. First, poach a turkey breast until cooked through, and then let it rest before slicing.

Steak Fajitas

Fajitas are a savory dish made from grilled meat marinated in a mixture of olive oil, lime juice, garlic, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

Grilled Salmon

Grilled salmon is a healthy fish that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Serve it with roasted veggies and steamed broccoli for a complete meal. This recipe makes 4 servings.

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash is a nutritious alternative to pasta. Just add spaghetti squash to boiling water, microwave for 5 minutes, and you have a healthy dinner ready!

Black Bean Burrito Bowl

Black bean burritos are a great option if you want something different than the usual taco bowl. In this recipe, black beans, corn, salsa, lettuce, and shredded cheese top seasoned tortilla chips.

Shrimp Fried Rice

Shrimp fried rice is a delicious Asian dish made with stir-fried rice, shrimp, and vegetables like carrots and peas.

Beef Enchiladas

Enchilada is a Mexican dish consisting of a flour tortilla rolled around ground beef, cheese, and enchilada sauce.

Side Dishes that Go Well with Mashed Potatoes

mashed potatoes and gravy
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy. Credit: canva

People usually serve mashed potatoes as a side dish. However, if you add some veggies, pulled pork, ground beef, or any other leftover meat, you can call it a meal. 

These are the side dishes that go well with mashed potatoes. 


Gravy is the perfect match with mashed potatoes. The gravy adds flavor and moisture to the mashed potatoes. You can also make mushroom gravy.

Chicken & Dumplings

Chicken dumplings are traditional American comfort food. They go perfectly with mashed potatoes. To make these dumplings, start by boiling some water and then drop in some flour. Cook until thickened and let cool. Then mix in some milk, butter, salt, and pepper. Finally, fold in some shredded chicken.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasting vegetables is one of the easiest ways to get a healthy side dish. Toss some carrots, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, or other vegetables into the oven and bake until tender. When they’re ready, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool slightly. Then, mash them up and serve with a dollop of sour cream or crème Fraiche.

Macaroni & Cheese

Macaroni and cheese is a classic combination. It goes well with mashed potatoes because it has a similar consistency. Try making your own macaroni and cheese by mixing together elbow noodles, cheddar cheese, milk, and spices. Bake until bubbly and serve hot!


Cornbread is a Southern favorite. It pairs beautifully with mashed potatoes. Make cornbread by combining cornmeal, eggs, milk, sugar, and melted butter. Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased pan. Bake until golden brown.

Baked Beans

Baked beans are a popular side dish throughout America. These beans are made by simmering dried beans in a pot with a liquid. Once cooked, drain off excess liquid and add tomato paste, molasses, vinegar, and spices. Bake in the oven until heated through.

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Creamy cauliflower soup is a healthy alternative to the regular soup. It is low in calories and high in fiber. In addition, it is easy to make and requires only a few ingredients.

Lentil Soup

Lentils are inexpensive legume that is high in fiber and protein. Add lentils to soups, stews, casseroles, salads, sandwiches, and more.

Caesar Salad

A classic salad for every occasion. This recipe includes romaine lettuce, anchovies, Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil.

Creamed Spinach

This simple recipe calls for spinach leaves, heavy whipping cream, and milk. You can use frozen spinach instead of fresh.


Avocado and mashed potatoes are great together. Avocados have a creamy texture and a mild flavor. Serve avocado alongside mashed potatoes as a delicious appetizer.


Asparagus and mashed potatoes are a match made in Heaven. The crunchiness of the asparagus contrasts nicely with the softness of the mashed potatoes.


Broccoli and mashed potatoes work so well together. The broccoli provides a nice crunch, while the mashed potatoes give them a silky texture.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes are a wonderful combination. The crispy sprouts contrast perfectly with the creamy mashed potatoes.


Eggplant and mashed potatoes are a tasty combination. However, the eggplant adds a savory note to this dish.

Green Beans

Green beans and mashed potatoes are a great match. The green beans add a bright color to the dish, while the mashed potatoes lend it a smooth consistency.


Kohlrabi and mashed potatoes are a delightful combination. The kohlrabi has a crisp texture while the mashed potatoes create a smooth, creamy taste that complements its natural sweetness.


Leeks and mashed potatoes are a fantastic combo. The leeks add a delicate flavor to the dish while the potatoes lend a smooth, creamy texture.


Lettuce and mashed potatoes are a good match. The lettuce adds a refreshing element to the dish while the mash gives it a smooth, creamy texture that complements its natural flavors.


Mashed potatoes and mushrooms are a match made in Heaven. The mushroom adds a meaty flavor to the dish while contrasting its texture.


The onion and mashed potatoes are a classic pairing. The onions add a sharp, spicy flavor to the dish while giving it a soft, tender texture.

Pea Shoots

Pea shoots and mashed potatoes are a fun combination. The pea shoots add a fresh, light flavor to the dish while lending a crunchy texture.

Potato Salad

Potato salad is another classic pairing with mashed potatoes. It’s a popular dish at potlucks because it can be served hot or cold. Potato salad also goes well with other foods such as eggs, sandwiches, and burgers.

How to Make Mashed Potatoes?

Most Favorite Mashed Potatoes Recipes

Here are some of our favorite recipes for mashed potatoes:

  1. Baked Mashed Potatoes
  2. Creamy Mashed Potatoes
  3. Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
  4. Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
  5. Sweet Potato Mashed Potatoes
  6. Savory Mashed Potatoes
  7. Spicy Mashed Potatoes
  8. Mushroom Mashed Potatoes
  9. Bacon Mashed Potatoes
  10. Chicken Fried Mashed Potatoes
  11. Cornbread Mashed Potatoes
  12. Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
  13. Cheddar Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  14. White Wine Mashed Potatoes
  15. Apple Mashed Potatoes
  16. Caramelized Onion Mashed Potatoes
  17. Mashed Potato Casserole
  18. Loaded Mashed Potato Casseroles
  19. Roasted Red Pepper Mashed Potatoes
  20. Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
  21. Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Easy Creamy Basic Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This potato recipe is the primary and classic mashed potatoes. You can add almost anything and they will taste amazing.

For vegan recipes, use vegan butter and non-dairy milk instead of the regular ones.


  • 2 pounds (1kg) potatoes, (Russet Potatoes, Yukon Gold Potatoes, Dutch Creams, Creme Gold, or Creme Royale)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (hot milk), or more
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened (close to room temp is best)
  • 6-8 cloves fresh garlic finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (reduced fat)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (optional for creamier potato)
  • 1/4 cup fresh shredded parmesan cheese, optional
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley to garnish, optional to garnish


  1. To prepare the potatoes, peel them and cut them into fourths crosswise. Remove any blemishes, lumps, or knots.
  2. Add the potatoes to a large pot (6-quart) and cover with salted cold water by an inch. Boil potatoes, lower the heat to medium-low, and simmer until fork-tender, about 15-20 minutes. Then drain potatoes in a colander.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small pan over high heat. Sauté the garlic for about 1 minute until fragrant. Set aside and keep warm.
  4. Add the remaining butter mixture to cooked potatoes, then add cooked garlic, hot milk, sour cream, and heavy cream.
  5. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth, adding extra milk as needed. You can also use a mixer, but never the food processor.
  6. Add in the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


What to serve with mashed potatoes vegetarian?

Vegetarian recipes for mashed potatoes include roasted vegetables, greens with garlic oil, or pesto sauce.

What to serve with mashed potatoes vegan?

For a vegan version of your favorite dish, substitute soy milk and dairy-free butter with regular ingredients. Many people also like using olive oil instead of butter when they are done mashing.

What meat goes with mashed potatoes?

Meat dishes that go well with mashed potatoes include beef, chicken, and pork.

What to eat with mashed potatoes and gravy?

For those who enjoy potatoes with gravy, fried fish is a good choice.