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35 Best Christmas Potato Recipes for the Holidays

These Christmas potato recipes are so good, you should skip the cookies and leave potatoes out for Santa!

No holiday meal is complete without a mouth-watering potato side dish.

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These recipes include anything from classic cheesy potato casseroles to sweet potato creations and jazzed-up mashed potatoes.

The Christmas ham may take a backseat to these Christmas potato recipes. 

Whether you want something quick and easy, or a show-stopping potato masterpiece, these recipes are sure to impress. 

Loaded Mashed Potatoes with Bacon, Melted Cheese and Green Onions

1. Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

The humble loaded potato is always a crowd favorite, but they’re tedious and time-consuming.

By tossing all those delicious loaded potato ingredients in a casserole dish, you can make enough to feed everyone at Christmas dinner

The best part of this recipe is that it’s easy to whip up the night before and pop in the oven right before guests arrive. 

2. The Best Mashed Potatoes

No Christmas dinner is complete without fluffy mashed potatoes.

They’re comforting, mild, and go with everything. And you know the kids will always be happy with them.

Better still, you can use the potato leftovers to make all kinds of yummy things. So they won’t go to waste.

Scalloped Potatoes Casserole

3. Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes are the ultimate Christmas side dish because they’re creamy, starchy, and hearty! 

And this version is so easy to whip up! There’s no need to make sauce. Just layer everything in the dish and let the oven do the magic.

Feel free to add cheese to the mix. But it’s super tasty as it is.

Serving of potato casserole on a black plate with fork.

4. Lighthouse Inn Potatoes

If you grew up in New London, Connecticut, you’re likely already familiar with the Lighthouse Inn potatoes.

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They hail from the Colonial Revival Hotel Inn. 

They’re cheesy, incredibly creamy, and boast a crunchy breadcrumb crust. 

They’re similar to the classic funeral potatoes (the classic recipe with a cornflake crust), with an elevated finish from grated Parmesan cheese. 

While the inn closed its doors in 2008, its famous potatoes will stand the test of time!

Source: natashaskitchen.com

5. Twice Baked Potatoes

Twice-baked potatoes will always be a family favorite.

There’s something here for everyone with crispy bacon, sour cream, onion, and so much cheese. 

This recipe is a must-try to impress your guests around the Christmas table. 

It’s a little time-consuming but well worth the extra effort for a side dish that looks and tastes this good. 

Source: spendwithpennies.com

6. Potatoes Au Gratin

Thinly-sliced potatoes, a creamy sauce, and tons of cheese hit the spot.

If you love spuds, you’ll adore this potatoes au gratin recipe. 

It looks so pretty arranged on a plate. Seriously, it resembles something out of a fancy restaurant. 

The addition of cheddar and gruyere cheese makes the flavors of this potato casserole leap off the plate. 

7. Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

The flavors of fragrant rosemary and scratchy potatoes are a match made in heaven. 

Make them extra special with tri-colored baby potatoes, and they’re sure to add a little holiday flair to your dinner table.

They’re a little more expensive but worth it for the final presentation. 

But even regular spuds will be a hit with rosemary in the mix.

Warm and Comforting Canned Sweet Potato Casserole

8. Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is known for its amazing steaks, of course.

But no steakhouse is complete without a stunning potato dish. And this recipe delivers. 

This copycat recipe has everything. It’s sweet, salty, savory, creamy, and incredibly nutty, thanks to pecans. 

Even if you don’t like sweet potatoes, this modern take on a classic is worth a try.

Source: noshingwiththenolands.com

9. Easy Cottage Potatoes

You probably know all about cottage potatoes if you hail from the south.

For the Yankees out there, let me introduce you to your new favorite potato dish. 

Cottage potatoes pair crisp veggies like onion and peppers in a rich, creamy sauce.

Before it hits the oven, it gets a crunchy crust made from cornflakes. 

It’s buttery, cheesy, crunchy, and 100 percent delicious. 

Source: ambitiouskitchen.com

10. Ultra-Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Smashed potatoes are a big hit around my house -and for a good reason.

They’re hard to resist, with crispy, salty edges and tender insides. 

The best part of smashed potatoes is those edges. This recipe takes that idea and turns up the crispy dial. 

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11. Crispy Hasselback Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic

If you want to elevate the dishes on your holiday table, Hasselback potatoes always impress. 

They’re thinly sliced and then stuffed with savory seasoning like rosemary and garlic that infuses every bite. 

While they look fancy, they’re deceptively easy to make if you have the time to dedicate to all that slicing.

Trust me, they’re worth the effort!

Bowl of Homemade Roasted Baby Potatoes with Parsley

12. Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes

Are you on the hunt for a great potato side dish? How about roasted baby potatoes?

They’re seasoned with garlic and rosemary, but being babies, you get crispy skin all the way around.

Finish them with a bit of butter and some sea salt, and they won’t last long.

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13. Mashed Potato Puffs

On the hunt for some new Christmas dinner ideas? These delightful mashed potato puffs will give the dinner rolls at your table a run for their money. 

While they look tedious and complicated, they are so easy!

You can use leftover mashed potatoes or whip up a quick batch with cream, bacon, cheese, and chives. 

They’re a great appetizer, side dish, or a way to use up mashed potatoes at the end of the night. 

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14. TikTok Air Fryer Christmas Potato Trees

When a recipe goes viral on TikTok, you know it has to be good!

These TikTok Christmas trees capture everything I love about Christmas.

They’re festive, flavorful, and so very impressive. They are almost too pretty to eat!

They pair sliced russet potatoes with a dried seasoning blend with Parmesan cheese.

Fry them up in your handy dandy air fryer to make your life even easier. 

15. Syracuse Salt Potatoes

I know the Northeast well, but I’d never heard of Syracuse salt potatoes until last year.

And while one and a half cups of salt sounds like a lot, these aren’t overly salty. Instead, they’re perfectly seasoned.

Think of it like making pasta – you want it to infuse the spuds so every bite has just enough to enhance the other food on the plate.

Source: bakeitwithlove.com

16. Dauphinoise Potatoes

Don’t worry, no one will ask you to pronounce Dauphinoise.

If anyone asks what this unique potato dish is called, say it’s fancy au gratin potatoes. Because that’s what they are!

This recipe incorporates thinly sliced potatoes in an amazingly creamy sauce with potent gruyere cheese. 

They’re insanely creamy, easy to whip up in a flash, and are sure to make everyone come back for seconds and thirds. 

Source: kitchensanctuary.com

17. Perfectly Roasted Christmas Potatoes

Of all the Christmas potato side dishes, roasties are my fave!

And I like them the way the Brits do it – cooked in duck fat for maximum flavor and texture.

They’re impossibly crispy on the outside and super fluffy on the inside.

Top them with sea salt and get ready to fall in love.

18. Paula Deen Sweet Potato Casserole

I had to include a second sweet potato casserole for all my fellow marshmallow lovers.

As much as I love pecan toppings, you just can’t beat gooey, sticky-sweet mallows.

It’s the perfect holiday side dish.

Source: preppykitchen.com

19. Duchess Potatoes

Duchess potatoes are always a big hit. They’re so pretty and are just as delicious as they look!

This recipe pairs simple mashed potatoes with lots of cream, and butter. It makes a fantastic appetizer.

Or, you can make them a little larger to serve as a fantastic side dish that goes with just about anything!

Homemade Mashed Red Potatoes with Garlic

20. Holiday Mashed Red Potatoes

If you’re like me, you prefer mashed potatoes with a bit of texture. That means leaving the skin on!

And that looks extra festive when you use red potatoes.

Feel free to peel some or half of the spuds if you don’t want too much texture. And remember to scrub them well before cooking.

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21. Holiday Smashed Potatoes

This holiday smashed potato casserole is sure to be a big hit at the dinner table.

It puts everything you love about smashed potatoes in an addictive casserole. 

It’s flavorful, easy to whip up in a flash, and the perfect balance between creamy and crispy. 

A bowl of Mashed Potatoes with mashed potatoes mixed with cabbage, greens and bacon topped with melted butter.

22. Irish Mashed Potatoes (Colcannon)

If anyone knows their potatoes, it’s the Irish!

Colcannon is a classic Irish potato dish that pairs creamy mashed potatoes with cabbage, leeks, kale, or spinach.

It’s a great way to combine your greens and potato dish all in one. 

23. Cheesy Potato Casserole

Nothing gets the family excited quite like a big dish of cheesy potatoes.

And these aren’t just mash covered in cheese. No, they’re so much more than that!

The mix of chicken soup, cheese, and hashbrowns is perfection. Plus, the cornflake toppings make it extra crunchy!

Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Butter

24. Whipped Sweet Potatoes

The day I tried whipped sweet potatoes, my life changed. 

They’re so incredibly light and fluffy, with subtle notes of buttery, nutty, and savory flavors. 

This recipe checks all the potato boxes and looks tantalizingly tasty on the dinner table.

Oh, and it comes together in under 30 minutes. 

Source: smalltownwoman.com

25. Easy Fondant Potatoes

Fondant potatoes look like something from a fancy restaurant, but they’re easier than you think. 

The rich chicken stock and herbed butter sauce give them unique flavors. 

They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and look so pretty. 

Source: jocooks.com

26. Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Regular potatoes are fine and all, but there’s something about fingerling potatoes that make me feel fancy.

These babies are crispy, fluffy, and seasoning perfectly. And they’re the perfect side for your festive feast.

Source: mantitlement.com

27. Brown Butter and Thyme Potato Torte

I made this potato torte for Thanksgiving and it flew off the table. Seriously, everyone wanted seconds!

Featuring sliced Yukon golds with butter, thyme, and balsamic glaze, it’s a wonderful holiday alternative.

Add cheese if you like, or maybe just top it with freshly grated parmesan. Yum!

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28. Million Layer Potatoes

I’ve seen these all over TikTok, so I just had to try them.

And boy am I glad I did! They’re phenominal and more than worth the extra time to make them.

Use a mandoline so the slices are even. And then cut them into cubes so they’re nice and uniform.

Homemade Creamy Red Potato Salad with Dill, On

29. Holiday Red Potato Salad

If you have a potato salad hole in your heart this holiday season, this dish is worth checking out. 

It earns a pop of color thanks to the red spuds in the mix. It’s simple but effective.

And then you get a hint of tang from the red wine vinegar, some pepper from the red onions, and sourness from the pickles. Yum!

30. Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes

If you have too many leftovers, these mashed potato cakes are a great way to use them up.

They have crispy edges with cheesy and fluffy insides that demand a genius dollop of sour cream and fresh chives. 

Make them as leftovers the following day, or serve them as a cheesy and fantastic side dish. 

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31. Ultimate Volcano Potatoes

Volcano potatoes are sure to get everyone talking this holiday season.

They have a similar flavor as a twice-baked potato but with a fancier presentation. 

They pair bacon (everyone’s favorite!) with cheese, sour cream, BBQ sauce, spices, and hot sauce

Look no further if you’re on the hunt for a show-stopping appetizer!

Ham and potatoes, smothered in melty cheese and creamy sauce, with a breadcrumb crust on top on a casserole with spoon.

32. Ham and Potato Casserole

Creamy potatoes with pops of salty ham? Yes, please!

I often make this the day after Christmas with leftovers. But it’s ideal for the big day if you’re serving turkey.

Just grab a small hock or ham nugget, and it’ll play so well with the bird.

33. Microwave Baked Potatoes

I know that baked potatoes don’t have the same pizzazz as some other recipes on this list.

But they’re fluffy, simple, and a nice humble side you can have ready in a flash.

Use this easy microwave recipe, and you’ll have a potato side ready in no time. And that leaves you free to focus on the rest of the feast!

Diced potatoes sautéed with red pepper and onion on a skillet.

34. Easy Parmesan Breakfast Potatoes

If you have family from out of town, these Parmesan breakfast potatoes complement all breakfast foods. 

They’re crisp, tender, and fragrant, and come together in 15 minutes. 

Pair them with simple breakfast staples like bacon and eggs, and your family will rave over your fantastic breakfast spread. 

Source: sprinklesandsprouts.com

35. Potato Roses

A fancy holiday meal demands an equally fancy potato dish. 

These potato roses are a little finicky to get right, but they are well worth the extra effort. 

They look spectacular (get ready for all the oohs and ahhs) and taste as good as they look. 

35 Best Christmas Potato Recipes

Make the holidays even brighter with these Christmas potato recipes! From mashed to these Christmas roast potatoes, you’ll want to try them all.


  • 5 -6 pounds Maris Piper or Yukon Gold potatoes

  • 10 sprigs rosemary

  • 12 sprigs thyme

  • 1 head garlic (about 12 cloves)

  • 1 pound tallow or lard

  • 2 cups olive oil or canola oil

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 5 leaves sage


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a roasting tray with foil.
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into evenly sized quarters, then rinse with cold water.
  • Transfer the rinsed potatoes to a large pot and cover with cold water. Add 2 rosemary and thyme sprigs and 2 smashed cloves of garlic.
  • Turn the heat to medium-high and bring the water to a boil. Let the potatoes cook for 20-30 minutes, until they’re soft.
  • Drain the potatoes and leave to steam in the colander.
  • Halfway through cooking the potatoes, break the tallow/lard into chunks and scatter them in the roasting pan. Drizzle the oil over the top and place the tray in the oven.
  • Heat the oil for 15 minutes, then carefully take the tray out of the oven.
  • Very carefully pour the potatoes into the tray. Use a spatula to toss them in the hot oil – it will spit so stand back.
  • Add the remaining garlic cloves then return the tray to the oven for 1 hour. Stir every 20 minutes so each side is crisp.
  • While the potatoes cook, make the herb salt.
  • Grind the salt and sage with a couple of rosemary and thyme sprigs until it’s a fine powder.
  • After an hour in the oven, add the remaining 6 rosemary and 8 thyme sprigs, stir well, then cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Take the tray out of the oven and carefully transfer the potatoes to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Season with the herb salt (only use as much as needed). Then, serve and enjoy!

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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