These Are the Only 3 Potato Side Dishes You’ll Ever Need

Your search for the most delicious potato dishes is over—we’ve got the best recipes for dairy free mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and fingerling potatoes right here.

When we say these are the best potato dishes, we mean it: There’s a recipe for roasted fingerling potatoes, colorful and fresh with lemon and parsley. Another one is made with mashed sweet potatoes and roasted garlic swirled into creamy polenta. And last but not least, the best mashed potato recipe—it’s without milk but yet so creamy and flavorful.

Each of these stand-up dishes is easy enough for a weeknight meal but special enough for the holidays. Slot any one of these creative potato side dishes into the Thanksgiving menu and they’ll be sure to steal the show. Especially, if you’re looking to add fresh ingredients to the mix.

These wholesome ingredients don’t just add flavor, but also healthful benefits. Fingerling potatoes are simply roasted and tossed in a mix of fresh herbs and toasted nuts. Polenta gets lightened up with super food sweet potatoes and creamy roasted garlic for a satisfying side dish. And, the perfect dairy-free mashed potatoes use miso paste in place of milk for a hit of umami. Combined with just a smidge of butter and scallions, these mashed potatoes are otherworldly.

This holiday season, breathe new life into a classic favorite and make one (or all!) of these easy—better-for-you—potato side dishes.

Best Fingerling Potato Recipe: Fingerling Potatoes With Parsley-Pistachio Crumble

Try this new take on roasted potatoes, no cooking skills required. Fresh parsley, crunchy pistachios, and zingy garlic get tossed with hot-out-of-the-oven roasted fingerling potatoes. A great potato side dish for any night of the week, this recipe also makes for a vibrant (and healthy!) Thanksgiving side dish.

Best Sweet Potato Recipe: Roasted Garlic and Sweet Potato Polenta

A creamy polenta recipe gets a major flavor upgrade with the addition of roasted sweet potatoes and garlic. A whole head of garlic roasts in an aluminum foil packet alongside sweet potatoes to yield a creamy garlic paste as smooth as butter. Stir both into instant polenta and top with crispy sage leaves for a winning Thanksgiving side dish you’ll want to make year after year.

Best Mashed Potatoes Without Milk: Smashed Red Potatoes With Miso

We figured out the best way to cook red potatoes: boil them with onion for big flavor, then mash in a miso-scallion butter and lots of freshly ground black pepper for the best dairy-free mashed potatoes you’ve ever had. Miso paste, a fermented condiment made from soybeans, is a gut-friendly ingredient that aids in digestion. Mashed potatoes without milk never tasted so good.