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6 Creative Twists On Thanksgiving Mashed Potatoes (Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

Who can say no to a heaping scoopful of crowd-pleasing mashed potatoes?

While you really can’t go wrong with a big dish full of luscious, creamy mash, it can still be a lot of fun to switch things up with an unexpected twist that will really wow your dinner guests.

Want to make something a bit more classic? Here’s everything you need to know to find the perfect creamy mashed potato recipe to suit your preferences.

Let’s have a little fun with our potatoes this Thanksgiving!

1. Sausage, Kale and Mashed Potato Pie

This savory pie is swell! It has sneaky veggies hidden in there for picky eaters, while the sausage and cheese keep things really decadent. This is a particularly great option if you’re not making a turkey this year or if you have some vegetarian guests who would appreciate a hearty version of this made with veggie sausage.

2. Maple Chipotle Sweet Potatoes

This sweet and savory mash is the perfect way to combine two dishes if you’re not in the mood to make those candied yams with the marshmallows on top. While those are unquestionably delicious, this hybrid edition is so good that it’s hard to imagine anyone will complain about a couple of streamlined sides.

3. Mashed Potatoes with Bacon And Caramelized Onions

This is a fun one if your family members are potato purists, but you want to switch things up a little for some added excitement. You still get those traditional creamy, buttery potatoes, but the smoky crumbled bacon, soft, sweet onions caramelized in the bacon fat, and bright burst of sage are welcome additions.

4. Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon

This lower-carb dish still gets a boost of richness from milk, flour, butter and cheddar cheese — plus a delightful crunch from panko bread crumbs, though it’s pretty easy to make substitutions if you’re following a specific diet. For example, high-fat low-carb dieters can use heavy cream and a dollop of cream cheese instead of milk and flour along with a sprinkle of crushed pork rinds instead of bread crumbs, while vegans might enjoy thick coconut milk or almond milk with margarine or olive oil, a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and Daiya.

5. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Kale and Boursin Cheese

With sweet and gold potatoes, you get the best of both worlds, while the soft, garlicky Boursin cheese perfectly rounds out the mash, especially with the textural variety you get from tender chopped kale.

6. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole 

With bacon, cheese, sour cream, chives and plenty of butter, this fluffy, gooey dish with a crunchy top combines the power of loaded baked potatoes with the smooth goodness of the mashed variety.

Featured Image: Clotee Pridgen Allochuku/Flickr

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KFC Is Serving Up Gravy-Filled Mashed Potato Balls (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

If deep-fried mashed potato balls with an oozing KFC gravy center sounds like something out of a KFC fever dream, then you’re absolutely right; only this is real life and such gumption exists in the hands of Colonel Sanders.

Introducing KFC’s “Gravy Mashies” (pictured below) — these bite-size morsels of KFC’s creamy mashed potatoes are deep-fried to gluttonous oblivion, but first stuffed with a dollop of KFC’s signature gravy in the center. I know, it’s amazing, right?

It may appear that the Colonel is making big leaps in the fried-food world with Gravy Mashies, but this is not KFC’s first go-around. Gravy Mashies was a limited-time-only item on Australia’s KFC menu about eight years ago, according to Food and Wine. Mashies fanatics (or what I like to call Mashies Maniacs) rallied for its comeback, going as far as to create a Facebook group dedicated to its return.

But in 2015, in a weird twist of events, KFC released Gravy Mashies once again, but exclusively to residents of Tasmania. The restaurant sold more than 130,000 orders of Gravy Mashies in less than two weeks. But what about the diehard fans?

Leaving mashless Australians in its wake, KFC Australia is finally giving the citizens of Australia what they want. “Our fans have spoken, and we had to listen,” KFC Marketing Director Angela Richard said to The Western Australian.

Richard said thousands of fans commented on KFC’s social media post, asking when Mashies would return. An eight-year struggle seems to have paid off, as Gravy Mashies are back on Australia’s KFC menus — although only for a limited time. Brand Eating reports a “cheeky” fine print: “This offer is not everywhere and not forever.”

For now, the discourse on Gravy Mashies Facebook is about its taste — one YouTuber gave Mashies a 7.2 out of 10, pointing out a “missed opportunity” in a spiceless, herbless crust, contrary to Colonel Sander’s signature recipe. But, an eight-year hiatus is long enough to elevate expectations from finger-lickin’ good, to finger-lickin’ excellent.

Sources: Brand Eating, Food and Wine, The Western Australian / Featured Image: Pixabay / Embedded Image: KFC Australia

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Get The Recipes: Amazingly Easy Waffle Iron Hacks


By Cooking Panda

Crispy Cheesy Mashed Potatoes


  • 1 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • Cooking spray
  • Directions

    1) Mix together mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese and chives until fully combined.

    2) Thoroughly grease waffle iron with cooking spray.

    3) Scoop the mashed potatoes onto the waffle iron, close the lid and cook until golden
    brown on both sides.

    4) Top with gravy, serve and enjoy!

    Grilled Cheese


  • 4 slices bread
  • 4 slices American or cheddar cheese
  • Butter, softened
  • Directions

    1) Place two slices of cheese between two slices of bread. Thoroughly butter both sides of bread.

    2) Place on waffle iron, close lid and cook until cheese is fully melted and outside is golden brown. Serve and enjoy!

    Waffle Cornbread


  • 1 cup prepared cornbread batter
  • Cooking spray
  • Directions

    1) Thoroughly grease waffle iron with cooking spray.

    2) Scoop cornbread batter onto waffle iron, close lid and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, or until golden.

    3) Top with pulled pork and BBQ sauce is desired. Serve and enjoy!

    Waffle Eggs


  • 2 eggs
  • Cooking spray
  • Directions

    1) Thoroughly grease waffle iron with cooking spray.

    2) Crack eggs directly onto the waffle irons. Leave the lid open and cook until eggs reach desired consistency. Serve and enjoy!

    Tags: Cornbread, egg, hacks, mashed potatoes, recipes, Waffle Iron
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    10 Unique Ways To Make Mashed Potatoes This Thanksgiving


    By Cooking Panda

    Mashed potatoes are a staple of Thanksgiving dinner. This year, make your mashed potatoes as special as the day! These recipes are guaranteed to have your guests asking for seconds. Make sure to whip up some extra just in case.

    1. Crock-Pot Double Mashed Potatoes

    Recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron

    2. Fried Mashed Potato Balls

    Recipe by

    3. Brown Butter and Kale Mashed Potatoes

    Recipe from the Wright Family Table.

    4. Buffalo Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes

    Recipe by Whitney Bond.

    5. Hazelnut Mashed Potatoes

    Recipe from Petit World Citizen.

    6. Garlic and Dill Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

    Recipe from

    7. Cream Cheese, Bacon, and Sour Cream Mashed Potatoes

    Recipe by The Gold Lining Girl

    8. Slow Cooker Creamy Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

    Recipe from

    9. Maple Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

    Recipe by The Roasted Root

    10. Browned Butter Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes

    Recipe from The Kitchen McCabe.

    Tags: food, holiday, mashed potatoes, recipe, thanksgiving
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