60 Delicious and Versatile Potato Side Dishes
Here's the thing about potatoes: They deserve every ounce of praise we give them. Whether they're mashed or hashed, baked, or battered—or, yes, even frittered—potatoes can fill in the gaps of any weeknight supper, dinner party, or holiday meal. And that's a pretty impressive feat, considering all they really need is cheese, cream, and something crunchy on top. Simply put, the potato is the perfect vessel for dinnertime success.In the South, no summer cookout is complete without potato salad, and every Christmas gathering needs a potful of buttermilk mashed potatoes. Not to mention, you haven't lived until you've tried to make our Melting Potatoes. We've rounded up 30 of our greatest potato side dishes of all time, and you'll find all of your classic favorites and plenty of new ones, too. These potato sides are easy, delicious, and downright spud-tacular—and they're serving you 30 days of inspiration.
Smashed Baby Red Potatoes
Crispy on the outside, silky on the inside, these aren't your everyday roasted potatoes.
Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole
Recipe: Cheesy Potato Casserole
A mashed potato casserole without cheese? Once you've tried this, you wouldn't dare.
Twice Baked Potatoes
Recipe: Twice-Baked Potatoes
These cheesy boats of heaven will have you rethinking basic baked potatoes.
Rustic Mashed Red Potatoes with Parmesan
This rustic take on mashed potatoes uses herbed cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, and chives, making it so much more special than your regular recipe.
Recipe: Melting Potatoes
Melting potatoes have become an internet sensation—and now you'll understand why. These are deliciously crispy on the outside, soft on the inside.
Hasselback Sweet Potato Casserole
You're going to love this tasty twist on sweet potato casserole. It's not overly sweet, and the added texture will be much appreciated.
Root Vegetable Fritters
Recipe: Root Vegetable Fritters
These fancy fritters compliment every meal or occasion.
Herbed Potato Stacks
Recipe: Herbed Potato Stacks
Baked in a muffin pan, these potato towers are easier than you think—and only require a short ingredient list. Expect them to come out wonderfully crispy on the outside, yet creamy and tender on the inside.
Recipe: Potato Hash
This hash goes easily from brunch to dinner, which puts it high on the list of "greatest-ever."
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
You'll be wondering why you haven't been putting goat cheese in your mashed potatoes all along. It's a game changer.
Skillet-Toasted Gnocchi with Peas
This simple side dish will be ready in 30 minutes. Usually just boiled, gnocchi is so much better when the pillowy potato bites are toasted in a skillet.
Twice-Cooked Sweet Potatoes with Citrus and Honey
These twice-cooked sweet potatoes are begging to be paired with a grilled pork chop, trust us.
Recipe: Deviled Potatoes
Two Southern classics, deviled eggs and potato salad, join forces to create these two-bite wonders.
Recipe: Fennel-and-Potato Gratin
This fancy-ish version of potato gratin packs its weight in flavor, thanks to the addition of fennel and the tiniest touch of nutmeg.
Warm Asparagus, Radish, and New Potato Salad with Herb Dressing
Warm up your potato salad to make it feel more versatile. This spring recipe will wow the lunch crowd.
Rustic Mashed Potatoes with Whole-Grain Mustard
Whole-grain mustard adds such a special, tangy touch to mashed potatoes. This recipe pairs well with any dinner main, but especially pork.
Recipe: Crispy Potatoes
Pair all-purpose potatoes with sweet potatoes for a more interesting version of weeknight roasted spuds.
Tangy Potato-Green Bean Salad
Recipe: Tangy Potato-Green Bean Salad
This potato salad is spring-ready. We replace the usual mayo-heavy dressing with a zingy lemon-dill vinaigrette.
Recipe: Zucchini-Potato Casserole
Serve this beautiful centerpiece of layered vegetables at every affair, from spring party to holiday feast.
Baby Hasselback Potatoes with Blue Cheese and Bacon
This recipe is already to-die-for, but a duo of blue cheese and bacon tips the scale over into side dish greatness.
Recipe: Potato-Bacon Hash
Enter: the perfect hash. With bell peppers and bacon, this potato recipe works just as well served with fried eggs for brunch as any hearty, simple protein for dinner.
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potatoes with Bacon
This oh-so easy side dish is a crowd-pleaser. (And not just thanks to the bacon.)
Mashed Potato Bakes
Recipe: Mashed Potato Bakes
Buttermilk mashed potatoes get five miniature makeovers. Pick from options like smoky sweet potato, creamy spinach, caramelized onion, bacon and blue, and tasty Tex-Mex.
Potato Gratin with Rosemary Crust
This herb-filled recipe looks just as good as it tastes.
Recipe: Potatoes Patio
This recipe is the dressed-up version of your cheesy potato casserole, with a mixture of Gruyère and Parmesan cheeses.
Spanakopita "Baked" Potato
Recipe: Spanakopita "Baked" Potato
Take a simple baked potato to the next level by adding a mix of spinach, garlic, lemon zest, dill, and feta cheese.
Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Recipe: Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
If you never thought "make-ahead" and "mashed potatoes" could go together in a sentence, think again. This recipe will save you so much stress.
Hot Potato Salad
Recipe: Hot Potato Salad
This warmed-up casserole version of potato salad is just the refresh the classic Southern side needs.
Classic Parmesan Scalloped Potatoes
This recipe is a weeknight classic. Hint: You'll know it's done when it's bubbly, melty, and golden brown. Yum.
Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Recipe: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
All you need to enjoy crispy sweet potato fries is olive oil, salt, and cooking spray.
Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
This versatile, comforting potato casserole is the perfect vehicle for your leftover Easter ham.
Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole
We love having our slow cooker on hand for the busy holiday season.
Potato Salad with Dijon and Scallions
This is the most colorful and flavorful potato salad you'll make for cookout season.
Sweet Potato Soufflé
Recipe: Sweet Potato Soufflé
This creamy soufflé is topped with a crunchy, sweet pecan mixture.
Mashed Potatoes and Rutabaga with Collards
Three vegetables meet in one creamy side dish that tastes indulgent but is actually packed with some good-for-you nutrients.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Recipe: Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Pillowy and flavorful, this homemade gnocchi makes for an elegant dinner.
Creamy Whipped Potato Casserole
Recipe: Creamy Whipped Potato Casserole
Our Test Kitchen said this is the fluffiest mashed potato casserole they've ever created.
Red Potato Salad
Recipe: Red Potato Salad
Fresh herbs balance out the rich flavor that bacon gives this new potato salad recipe.
Hash Brown Patties
Recipe: Hash Brown Patties
Frozen shredded hash browns become something beautiful when made into crispy, golden patties.
Melting Sweet Potatoes
Recipe: Melting Sweet Potatoes
If you're over the usual sweet potato casserole you serve on holidays, try serving something new and beautiful.
Simple Mashed Rutabagas and Potatoes
With just a handful of ingredients, you can put a totally new version of mashed potatoes on the table.
Deviled Egg-Potato Salad
Recipe: Deviled Egg-Potato Salad
We combined two Southern favorites—deviled eggs and potato salad—in this side dish that will be the star of every summer supper.
Fried Skillet Potatoes
Recipe: Fried Skillet Potatoes
These crispy potatoes are delicious at breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
Andrew's Potato Latkes
Recipe: Andrew's Potato Latkes
This no-fuss latkes recipe will be your go-to way to whip up a batch.
Perini Ranch Steakhouse Southern Sweet Potatoes with Brown Sugar Pecans
Tom Perini of the Perini Ranch Steakhouse in Buffalo Gap, Texas, shared his family recipe that's been feeding happy guests for more than 37 years.
Mashed Potato Casserole
Recipe: Mashed Potato Casserole
This mashed potato casserole will go with basically any main dish you serve. Instead of one or the other, we topped it with breadcrumbs and crispy fried onions.
Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes
Recipe: Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes
A little bit of seasoning and butter make for an easy, delicious way to cook sweet potatoes at dinnertime.
Charred Okra-Potato Salad
Recipe: Charred Okra-Potato Salad
Smoky grilled okra is the potato salad ingredient all your summer cookouts have been missing.
Crispy Potato Galette
Recipe: Crispy Potato Galette
Crispy, creamy, and totally Instagram-worthy side dish will impress your family.
Sweet Potato Stacks
Recipe: Sweet Potato Stacks
This grown-up, gorgeous version of your favorite sweet potato casserole is perfect for personal portioning.
Air Fryer French Fries
Recipe: Air Fryer French Fries
What's the point in having an Air Fryer if you don't use it to make French fries that are better-than-takeout?
Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
This easy side dish only takes 10 minutes of hands-on time and six ingredients.
Potato Salad with Sweet Pickles
Recipe: Potato Salad with Sweet Pickles
Sweet pickles add a zesty, tangy kick to this simple potato salad recipe.
Make-Ahead Sweet Potato Casserole
You can prep this sweet potato casserole up to four days in advance to help you out before a big holiday.
Mashed Potato Cakes
Recipe: Mashed Potato Cakes
We'd happily enjoy these patties at breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Instant Pot Potato Salad
Recipe: Instant Pot Potato Salad
Your Instant Pot helps make classic potato salad quicker than ever.
Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Recipe: Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries
You don't need a deep-fryer or even an air fryer to make crispy sweet potato fries in a flash.
Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes with Caramelized Vidalia Onions
For family members who are lactose-intolerant, holidays can feel unbearable with all the heavy cream-laden food. Treat them to classic mashed potatoes with a dairy-free, caramelized onion-filled spin.
Lemon Dill Potato Beet Salad
Recipe: Lemon Dill Potato Beet Salad
This bright potato salad recipe will perfectly complement your Easter table décor.
Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
Recipe: Grilled Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potato fries are transformed when cooked on the grill and topped with honey and queso fresco.