9 Nontraditional Mashed Potato Recipes

Next to pumpkin pie and homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes are easily the most anticipated dish of Thanksgiving. But as good as they taste, this comfort-food favorite can get a little, well…boring. At the risk of offending carb-lovers everywhere, I’ve rounded up 9 unconventional twists on everyone’s favorite side dish:

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Asiago Mashed Potatoes and Broccoli

Creamy asiago cheese turns these plain potatoes into a slightly smoky side dish.

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Pesto Potatoes

don't want to step too far out of your carb comfort zone? Spice things up by adding a little homemade pesto.

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Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes

Filled with bourbon, brown butter, sage and bacon, these are the "trashiest of the sweet potatoes" according to blogger Jessica.

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Wasabi Smashed Potatoes

Okay, okay -- we were hesitant too. But incorporating just a little wasabi adds the perfect amount of heat.

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Steakhouse Style Smashed Potatoes

These slightly smashed potatoes aren't completely mashed together, meaning there's a little texture left in each bite.

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Kale and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Since we're talking about kale here, these automatically become a health food, right?

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Gorgonzola Smashed Potatoes

Gorgonzola cheese turns these potatoes into a rich and creamy treat. Just try to resist your urge to lick the bowl.

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Lemon Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower

Want to really throw your dinner guests for a loop? Try serving them this mashed cauliflower dish. They'll love it, we promise.

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Roasted Garlic Smashed Potatoes

The best part about this comfort-food favorite? The apple cider gravy, obviously.

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