Ultimate Thanksgiving: Potato, Potahto

by on Nov 11, 2010

Curbly's Ultimate Thanksgiving Potato Recipe Roundup

Potatoes are the bridge-builders, the peacemakers, the United Nations of the thanksgiving table. Some people hate Turkey. Others hate yams. Not everyone likes pie. But everyone likes potatoes. Mash-em, bake-em, roast-em, shake-em … as long as they’re not raw or made from a powdered mix, people will eat your potatoes.

Here’s a collection of interesting, delicious-sounding, or well-reviewed potato recipes to help you tame the Thanksgiving table. We’ll keep it updated with new ones we find over the next few weeks (send suggestions to [email protected] or leave them in the comments).

Oh, and be sure to check out all of our Ultimate Thanksgiving posts. Nothing will help make you menu and decor planning easier.

Potato(e) Primer

Oh come on, give the poor guy a break. It's been 18 years.


Personally, I’ll just have mine mashed, fluffy and rich, maybe a little on the chunky side. 

Fluffy mashed potatoes. Yummmm.

In the Oven 




Is potato salad at a Thanksgiving table a good idea? Just askin’.

On the Grill

I wouldn’t fire up the grill just to throw some spuds on, but if you’re grilling a bird anway…

Rosemary mustard grilled potatoes. Must try this one.


Why not just have a breakfast-for-dinner Thanksgiving? Hashbrowns, anyone?

Aaaaahhh! Latkes!

(From “The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story” at McSweeny’s)


Hey! Remember about soup!? Yeah! Soup is actually pretty good; and for some reason I never see it on Thanksgiving tables. Here are some potato soups to try on your unsuspecting pilgrims this year:

  • Top rated! Wow, this Ham & Potato soup recipe has been reviewed 4,233 times, and still has a five-star rating. Do you realize how incredible that is? I’d leave the ham out, though, since it might make the turkey feel insecure.
  • Baked potato soup. Fewer ratings; still sounds good. 
  • SeriousEats’ Kenji Lopez-Alt brings us the ‘Ajiaco’, a Colombian potato soup that uses three kinds of potatoes, corn, jalapeños, and avocado. Take that, boring food!

Colombian potato soup: Ajiaco

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