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150+ Delicious Toppings for a Mashed Potato Bowl

Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.

150+ Delicious Toppings for a Mashed Potato Bowl

150+ Delicious Toppings for a Mashed Potato Bowl

In recent years, mashed potatoes have been elevated from a simple side dish to the star of the show. These days you can find mashed potato bars at weddings, and there are restaurants whose offerings revolve around them.

Basically, a mashed potato bowl is a just what it sounds like: mashed potatoes with all sorts of items on top or mixed in.

It is not a new concept to many people, especially those of us who like to mix all of our food on the plate together. Since I can remember, one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving is getting some mashed potatoes and mixing in some leftover turkey, stuffing, and gravy. Talk about comfort food.

So for those of you who love mashed potatoes as much as I do, and who want to come up with some new ways to eat them, here is the list for you.

You'll find all sorts of options that you've probably never thought of before, and if you eat something that didn't make the list, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section at the bottom.

Poll

Barbecued chicken on top of mashed potatoes.

Barbecued chicken on top of mashed potatoes.

Individual Mix-Ins

Meat/FishDairy/SaucesVegetables

Crumbled Bacon

Sour Cream

Chives

Chopped Ham

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Chopped Onions

Sausage Crumbles

Butter

Sliced Green Onions

Italian Meatballs

Gravy

Roasted Garlic

Taco Meat

Feta Cheese

Corn Kernels

Chorizo Sausage Crumbles

Nacho Cheese

Chopped Cooked Cabbage

Pulled Pork

Cottage Cheese

Chopped Tomatoes

Shredded Chicken

Brie Cheese

Fried Onions

Fried Chicken

Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Sauerkraut

Fried Fish

Steak Sauce

Cooked Red Cabbage

Steamed Shrimp

Bechamel Sauce

Cooked Asparagus

Hot Dogs

Au Jus

Crushed Potato Chips

Swedish Meatballs

Pesto Sauce

Green Beans

Sloppy Joes

Parmesan Cheese

Stewed Tomatoes

Canadian Bacon

Hollandaise Sauce

Cooked Carrots

Crabmeat

Brown Butter

Sauteed Mushrooms

Italian Meatballs

Chimichurri Sauce

Steamed Broccoli

Salmon

Honey Mustard Sauce

Buttered Brussel Sprouts

Crab Cakes

Ranch Dressing

Roasted Squash

Lamb

Alfredo Sauce

Roasted Peppers

Breakfast Sausage

Pan Drippings

Bruschetta

Boneless Short Ribs

Marinara Sauce

Caramelized Onions

 

Buffalo Sauce

Creamed Spinach

 

 

Cauliflower Gratin

Comfort Food Combos

Pulled Pork, Barbecue Sauce and Coleslaw

Canadian Bacon and Hollandaise Sauce

Salisbury Steak and Gravy

Turkey, Stuffing and Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

Salisbury Steak and Gravy

Prime Rib and Au Jus

Creamed Chipped Beef

Diced Ham, Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese

Bratwurst and mushroom gravy make a yummy topping for mashed potatoes.

Bratwurst and mushroom gravy make a yummy topping for mashed potatoes.

The average American eats about 124 pounds of potatoes per year while Germans eat about twice as much.

— idahopotatomuseum.com

African

Chicken and Peanut Stew

Lamb Meatballs with Red Pepper Sauce

Spinach Stew

Chickpea Curry

Shredded pork is one of my favorites to put on mashed potatoes.

Shredded pork is one of my favorites to put on mashed potatoes.

Asian

Chicken Korma

Beef with Broccoli

Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken with Broccoli

Chicken Vindaloo

Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Butter Chicken

Shrimp in a Coconut Curry Sauce

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Thai Basil Chicken

British

Leeks, Cream and Cabbage Sauteed in Butter (Colcannon)

Steak Pie (without the crust)

Ground Beef, Peas, Carrots and Gravy (Shepherd's Pie)

Irish Stew

Carribean

Jerk Chicken

Beef Patty Filling

Oxtail Stew

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Curried Goat

Eastern European

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut

Beef Stroganoff

Goulasch

Chicken Paprikash

French

Beef Burgundy

Coq Au Vin

Creamy Sherry Mushroom Sauce

Chicken Provencal

Ratatouille

Steak au Poivre

Marie Antoinette liked [potato] blossoms so much that she put them in her hair.

— smithsonianmag.com

German

Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Pork Schnitzel with Hunter Sauce

Sauerbraten

Pork with Dill Cream Sauce

Greek

Sauteed Spinach and Feta Crumbles

Lamb and Tzaziki Sauce

Greek Meatballs

Gyro Meat

Souvlaki Meat

Stifado

Italian

Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Vodka Sauce

Pesto Sauce and Sundried Tomatoes

Bruschetta Topping

Bolognese

White asparagus that has been cooked with a little butter pairs nicely with mashed potatoes.

White asparagus that has been cooked with a little butter pairs nicely with mashed potatoes.

Although estimates vary, it is believed as many as 1 million Irish men, women and children perished during the Famine, and another 1 million emigrated from the island to escape poverty and starvation, with many landing in various cities throughout North America and Great Britain.

— history.com

Latin

Steak and Chimichurri Sauce

Ropa Vieja

Puerto Rican Style Red Beans

Beef Barbacoa

Cuban Black Beans

Mexican

Taco Meat, Cheddar Cheese and Green Onions

Steak or Chicken, Pepper and Onions with Fajita Seasoning

Pork Carnitas

Enchilada Filling, Sauce and Sour Cream

Chicken Mole

Regional Tastes

Southwestern

Chili and Cheddar Cheese

Southwestern

Black Beans, Corn, Cheddar Cheese and Jalapeno

Southern

Fried Chicken and Green Beans

Southern

Fried Cabbage

Southeastern

Seafood Gumbo

Hawaii

Chopped Ham and Pineapple

California

Seafood Cioppino

Northeastern

Lobster Corn Chowder

Western

Queso Dip

Virginia

Brunswick Stew

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans

Massachusetts

Boston Baked Beans

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What do you think about this recipe?

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

Serves about six people

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs red skinned potatoes, Peeled and quartered
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter, half a stick
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp garlic salt, more or less if desired
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, more or less if desired

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water with potatoes in it to a boil, and cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Strain the potatoes and put into a large bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients. Don't add all of the milk at once, add about half and then mash. Check the consistency and add more milk if desired.
  4. Serve immediately.

© 2019 Claudia Mitchell

Comments

Reformed Eve from USA on February 15, 2020:

These pictures made me so hungry! I need potatoes...stat! Thanks for the great article!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 08, 2019:

Thanks Glenn! They are definitely a main item in our house. I was at a wedding a couple of months ago and they had an entire mashed potato bar that was a huge hit.

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on December 07, 2019:

I always thought of mashed potatoes as a side dish, but you enlightened me Claudia. Now I know I can make something that works as the main entree. You gave me a lot of delicious options in this article that I look forward to trying.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 06, 2019:

Thanks Peggy. Spargel is one of my favorites and I don't often find it here. Glad you enjoyed the article.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 06, 2019:

When I saw the white asparagus near the bottom of this article, it reminded me of my trip to Germany many years ago in the spring. Spargel (asparagus) was in season. One of the ways the white asparagus was served in a restaurant was with potato. You certainly came up with a great number of ideas for topping potatoes!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 06, 2019:

Thank you Jill. I agree that they are the best and they are also so easy to change up depending on what you combine them with. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 06, 2019:

Yum, I love potato skins with bbq pork. That sounds good. Thanks for reading!

Claudia Mitchell (author) on December 06, 2019:

Thanks Liz. I do love sausage and mash. I had it when I visited London. Restaurants around here are also featuring stepped up mashed potatoes.

Jill Spencer from United States on December 05, 2019:

As usual, an awesome hub. Mashed potatoes are the best!

Donna Herron from USA on December 05, 2019:

Great list, Claudia! We're planning to make potato skins this weekend and I will use some of your suggestions as toppings for them. Thanks for sharing!

Liz Westwood from UK on December 05, 2019:

Sausage and mash is now even featuring on the menus of some high end restaurant in the UK. Great ideas here for making a meal out of mashed potatoes.