150+ Delicious Toppings for a Mashed Potato Bowl

Updated on December 6, 2019
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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 | Source

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.


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Barbecued chicken on top of mashed potatoes.
Barbecued chicken on top of mashed potatoes. | Source

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. | Source

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

— idahopotatomuseum.com


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. | Source


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.

— smithsonianmag.com


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. | Source

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


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

What do you think about this recipe?

5 stars from 1 rating of Basic Mashed Potatoes

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 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.

© 2019 Claudia Mitchell


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    • reformedeve profile image

      Reformed Eve 

      4 months ago from USA

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

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      Glenn Stok 

      7 months ago from Long Island, NY

      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.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 months ago

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

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 months ago from Houston, Texas

      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!

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 months ago

      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.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 months ago

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

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      7 months ago

      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.

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      Jill Spencer 

      7 months ago from United States

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

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      Donna Herron 

      7 months ago from USA

      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!

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      Liz Westwood 

      7 months ago from UK

      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.


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