5 Mashed Sides for Thanksgiving / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

This is pretty much how the discussion about which mashed potato dish(es) to serve at Thanksgiving goes in our family.

We need to have everything that we’ve always had, just the way we’ve always had it, but we also need to not have the same old everything or it’s boring.

Also, no one really likes marshmallows on their sweet potatoes, but that’s the way Aunt Sue (rest her soul) always made them, so it’s tradition. But marshmallows have gelatin in them, and then Grannie Annie, Lizzie, and Charlotte, who are vegetarians, can’t eat them, plus, they are the ones who really depend on the sides to make up their meal. So the marshmallows really have to go.

And no one ever really got the whole marshmallows-on-the-sweet-potatoes thing anyway, except for Grannie Annie, who loved them…. when she was a non-vegetarian, and who used to scrape the whole marshmallow layer off of the sweet potatoes, and eat it in the kitchen after the meal and then tell everyone she felt sick, and does anyone want to see if there are good vegan marshmallows?

Now don’t for even one minute think that you’re not having regular mashed potatoes, however the sweet potato issue gets worked out.  Because you are.

And with that, here are some mashed sides you might want to consider.  Also, yes, wine is considered a side dish.

Yes, you still need mashed potatoes on the table, but it’s nice to change things up by adding another mashed root vegetable.

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5 Mashed Side Dish Recipes for Thanksgiving

How to Make Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Possibly the most perfect comfort-food side dish in the world.

Mashed Yukon and Sweet Potatoes with Sauteed Leeks / Katie Workman themom100.com

Mashed Yukon and Sweet Potatoes with Sauteed Leeks

Because there will never be enough recipes for mashed potatoes. This has a nice combo of buttery yukons and sweet potatoes, plus a toussle of sliced sauteed leeks.

Rutabaga and Parsnip Puree / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

Rutabaga and Parsnip Puree

Earthy, with a touch of sweetness, and very simple to make.

Harissa-Spiked Parsnip Puree / Katie Workman / themom100.com / Photo by Cheyenne Cohen

Harissa-Spiked Parsnip Puree

A little bit of heat, a nice earthy flavor, a pretty alternative to mashed potatoes.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Roasted Garlic

The addition of roasted garlic (which is so freaking easy to make) gives sweet potatoes a very savory twist.

Would you like to read more about Thanksgiving in my family? Because you can. And here is how to kick Thanksgiving’s butt.

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