Baked, roasted, and fried potatoes are all great side dishes in their own right, but meat and mashed potatoes are a hearty pairing that always hits the spot.
Mashed potatoes are a no-fuss side dish that can be paired with any meat, whether you’re serving up chicken or steak. They can be buttery and creamy, sweet, salty — you name it. Mashed potatoes are a versatile side dish that can be whatever you want them to be.
Although classic mashed potatoes are a hard dish to beat — especially if you’ve perfected your recipe — there are many ways that you can elevate the classic dish. Next time you whip up your favourite meat recipe, take your meal to the next level by incorporating a unique take on mashed potatoes.
We sourced some of the best mashed potato recipes on the internet to help you establish a unique go-to combination of meat and mashed potatoes that suits your flavour preferences:
Ultimate Loaded Mashed Potatoes (Dinner Then Dessert)
There’s a lot to love about loaded baked potatoes and potato skins — so it should come as a little surprise that loaded mashed potatoes are equally delicious. This recipe is a combination of some of our favourite things; bacon, chives, and a lot of cheese.
We love how easy this rich side dish is. It’s the perfect quick add on to any simple steak or roast chicken entrée, and it can easily be modified for picky eaters — just change what ingredients you load the potatoes with!
Read the full recipe on Dinner Then Dessert here.
Cinnamon Honey Butter Mashed Sweet Potatoes (The Stay at Home Chef)
Mashed potatoes are typically creamy, buttery and savoury – but who’s to say the dish can’t be tweaked to satisfy your sweet tooth? Meats like roast and steak pair well with a sweet mashed potato dish like this Cinnamon Honey Butter Mashed Sweet potato recipe.
Read the full recipe on The Stay at Home Chef here.
Paprika and Pepper Mashed Potatoes (Barefeet in the Kitchen)
While savoury mashed potato recipes are plentiful, spicy recipes are harder to come by. This is why we love this paprika and pepper mashed potato recipe. The paprika provides a subtle spice and smokiness that completely changes the flavour pallet you would typically associate with the side dish.
The best part about this recipe is that it acts as a perfect base for you to incorporate any other spices you may enjoy. One brilliant commenter on the recipe suggests that you can even fry up any leftovers to make potato pancakes.
Read the full recipe on Barefeet in the Kitchen here.
Curry Whipped Mashed Potatoes (Oh Carlene)
Basic mashed potatoes go well with meats like beef, chicken, and pork, but are less commonly used as a side for fishes.
This curry mashed potato dish has some kick and boasts a unique flavour that pairs well with salmon and other white fishes. Fish paired with this curry mashed potato recipe is bound to become your go-to meal in the winter when you’re looking for a lighter alternative that provides spice, heat and heartiness.
Read the full recipe on Oh Carlene here.