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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 to jazz up your a mashed potato bowl

150+ delicious toppings to jazz up your a mashed potato bowl

New Things to Add to Mashed Potatoes

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.

Barbecued chicken on top of mashed potatoes.

Barbecued chicken on top of mashed potatoes.

Individual Mix-Ins


Crumbled Bacon

Sour Cream


Chopped Ham

Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Chopped Onions

Sausage Crumbles


Sliced Green Onions

Italian Meatballs


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


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


Brown Butter

Sauteed Mushrooms

Italian Meatballs

Chimichurri Sauce

Steamed Broccoli


Honey Mustard Sauce

Buttered Brussel Sprouts

Crab Cakes

Ranch Dressing

Roasted Squash


Alfredo Sauce

Roasted Peppers

Breakfast Sausage

Pan Drippings


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.



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.


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


Leeks, Cream and Cabbage Sauteed in Butter (Colcannon)

Steak Pie (without the crust)

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

Irish Stew


Jerk Chicken

Beef Patty Filling

Oxtail Stew

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Curried Goat

Eastern European

Kielbasa and Sauerkraut

Beef Stroganoff


Chicken Paprikash


Beef Burgundy

Coq Au Vin

Creamy Sherry Mushroom Sauce

Chicken Provencal


Steak au Poivre

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



Bratwurst and Sauerkraut

Pork Schnitzel with Hunter Sauce


Pork with Dill Cream Sauce


Sauteed Spinach and Feta Crumbles

Lamb and Tzaziki Sauce

Greek Meatballs

Gyro Meat

Souvlaki Meat



Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs

Vodka Sauce

Pesto Sauce and Sundried Tomatoes

Bruschetta Topping


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.



Steak and Chimichurri Sauce

Ropa Vieja

Puerto Rican Style Red Beans

Beef Barbacoa

Cuban Black Beans


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


Chili and Cheddar Cheese


Black Beans, Corn, Cheddar Cheese and Jalapeno


Fried Chicken and Green Beans


Fried Cabbage


Seafood Gumbo


Chopped Ham and Pineapple


Seafood Cioppino


Lobster Corn Chowder


Queso Dip


Brunswick Stew


Pennsylvania Dutch Green Beans


Boston Baked Beans


Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

20 min

40 min

Serves about six people


  • 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


  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.

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