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Potato side dishes are perfect pairings for many meals, in any season. They are versatile, and can be flavored in so many different ways!

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We Love All Things Potato!!

Potatoes are amazing to have in your pantry. They can take on a variety of flavor profiles and are a great served with a variety of main dishes.

Let me tell you why we love these sides:

  • Cooking methods. Potatoes can be roasted, grilled, boiled, baked, slow-cooked, fried (pan or air fryer), and more.  
  • Cutting methods. They can be mashed, cubed, shredded, sliced, or remain whole.
  • Any time of day. They are served as a side, or the main dish, for breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, and snacks.
  • Versatile. They pair well with just about everything! Is there a better marriage than meat & potatoes – perhaps cheesy casseroles or savory soups
  • Vitamin-rich. They are packed full of vitamins such as vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, copper, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and iron. 

Potatoes can shine as a main dish or win best supporting character as a side dish. Get your sweet or Idaho spud on with these tasty recipes!

Homemade mashed potatoes in white serving dish.

Types of Potatoes

Here are our most commonly used:

  • Russet potatoes are probably the most common U.S. potato and are great for baking, roasting, and mashing. The skin is a little tougher and is often peeled away unless you want the extra texture. 
  • Red potatoes are more waxy and hold their shape well. Their skins are thin and are not usually peeled. 
  • White potatoes have thinner skin like red potatoes but the inside texture of a russet and are a good choice for mashing, roasting, frying, and boiling.
  • Fingerling potatoes have a taste and waxy texture similar to red potatoes. Fingerlings come in a variety of colors, are not typically peeled, and are usually only halved or quartered. They are great for roasting, baking, and frying.
  • Yellow/Yukon gold potatoes have a thin skin, natural buttery flavor, and are as common as Russets. They are great for frying, roasting, boiling, and mashing.  
Parmesan potatoes served in a bowl.

Potato Prepping Tips

  • Soaking potatoes. Usually used with Russet potatoes to remove the starch when frying and roasting. Cut, then rinse or soak in water for 30 minutes, or overnight. Drain and pat dry. 
    • Do not soak potatoes when the starch will help create a creamier dish, like in scalloped potatoes and casseroles.
  • To peel or not to peel. In general, starchy potatoes like Russets are peeled, unless you want a crisp skin. Waxier potatoes like red potatoes don’t need to be peeled. 
  • Side dish serving suggestions:
    • mashed potatoes: ½ pound of raw potatoes per person
    • baked potatoes: 1 medium-large potato per person
    • potato dish: 6-8 ounces per person
    • fries: ½-1 medium potato per person

Best Potato Sides

We are huge fans of all potato recipes, we just love potatoes. But here are some of our most used/best-loved dishes that we know you’ll love too!

1 Funeral Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Funeral Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour

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2 Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Best Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 117 votes
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3 Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Cheesy Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

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5 from 368 votes
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4 Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 115 votes
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5 Twice Baked Potatoes

Side Dish Twice Baked Potatoes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

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5 from 11 votes
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6 Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 48 minutes

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4.99 from 116 votes
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7 Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

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4.97 from 128 votes
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8 Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish Crock Pot Baked Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 5 hours 10 minutes
4.89 from 17 votes
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9 Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

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5 from 90 votes
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10 Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 181 votes
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Easy Potato Side Dishes

Each of these delicious potato sides are easily made, but don’t skimp on flavor! They are the perfect pairings for anything from a weeknight dinner to a holiday party.

11 Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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4.99 from 68 votes
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12 Twice Baked Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Twice Baked Potato Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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5 from 55 votes
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13 Red Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Red Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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14 Parmesan Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Parmesan Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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15 Hasselback Potato Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish Hasselback Potato Recipe
Total Time: 32 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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16 Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

Breakfast, Side Dish Sweet Potato Hash Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 32 votes
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17 Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Candied Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes

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5 from 20 votes
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18 Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Side Dish Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

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5 from 17 votes
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19 Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

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5 from 5 votes
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20 Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe

Side Dish Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes

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5 from 115 votes
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Sweet Potato Side Dishes

These all feature my favorite – sweet potatoes! They are packed with flavor, and all are delicious. Any of these would make a perfect side dish!

21 Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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22 Sweet Potato Fries recipe

Side Dish Sweet Potato Fries recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes
4.75 from 4 votes
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23 Hasselback Sweet Potato Recipe

Main Course, Side Dish Hasselback Sweet Potato Recipe
Total Time: 32 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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24 Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows Recipe

Side Dish Sweet Potato Casserole with Marshmallows Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

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5 from 28 votes
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25 Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe

Side Dish Mashed Sweet Potato Recipe
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.67 from 3 votes
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A Favorite Side!

Potato side dishes are always very popular at our family get-togethers and this list has some of our tried and true favorites!

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  1. Sue says:

    I made your crusted potato slices. The recipe was easy to follow and they potato’s were so good! I’m anxious to try more of your potato recipes.