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  • Got a craving to eat mashed potatoes? These 43 Main Dishes pair perfectly with creamy mashed potatoes for lunch or dinner. From chicken and pork to beef and fish you are sure to find a recipe you’ll enjoy.

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    How do you prefer your mashed potatoes? Traditional or loaded? We love both! For other recipe ideas that can use up leftover mashed potatoes try our Leftover Mashed Potato Pizza and Shepherd’s Pie recipes.

    What to Serve with Mashed Potatoes

    Chicken Dishes to Serve with Mashed Potatoes

    Cooked gluten free chicken piccata in a skillet. Chicken is in a lemon butter sauce with capers.

    Simple Gluten Free Chicken Piccata

    Simple Gluten-Free Chicken Piccata is chicken served in a lemon wine sauce with capers. It is easy to make and is the perfect main course to pair with mashed potatoes.

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    Chicken Marbella

    Chicken Marbella is marinated and baked with green olives, prunes and capers. This meal is sure to be a crowd pleaser and your family will ask for it over and over again.

    Two gluten free air fryer chicken breasts on a charcoal plate. Chicken is golden brown in spots and cooked through.

    Gluten Free Air Fryer Chicken

    This Gluten Free Air Fryer Chicken Breast is easy to make, super moist and makes a delicious main dish. Pair this easy recipe with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables for your next meal.

    Plate of air fryer buffalo chicken tenders on a plate with a cup of ranch dip.

    Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders

    These Air Fryer Buffalo Chicken Tenders are an easy way to cook up chicken tenders or chicken breasts. These are crispy, spicy and loaded with flavor. Serve as a main dish or an appetizer with a side of blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.

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    Bacon Wrapped Chicken

    A delicious chicken meal with crispy bacon on the outside and moist and tender chicken in the middle. This is the perfect family meal or appetizer for your next dinner party.

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    Roast Orange Brined Chicken

    Salty, herby, and citrus permeated, this aromatic orange brined chicken is infused with so much flavor. A stunning centerpiece on the dinner table for special occasions, this simple roast chicken is the perfect dinner for entertaining.

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    Braised BBQ Chicken Meatballs

    These braised BBQ meatballs make a delicious, quick, and easy dinner especially if you use a store-bought BBQ sauce. Serve them over mashed potatoes when you’re needing home-cooked comfort food at its best.

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    How to Spatchcock a Chicken

    Tender, juicy chicken and crispy skin – this Butterflied Roast Chicken is a crowd-pleasing recipe. It can be quickly prepared, and is so easy making it ideal for entertaining!

    Oven fried buttermilk chicken on a white plate with fresh herbs on top.
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    Oven-Fried Buttermilk Chicken

    Oven-fried buttermilk chicken is an easy and economical family meal that has just one requirement: You must serve mashed potatoes with this classic American meal!

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    Chicken Parmesan Roll Ups

    A light and healthy entree, these chicken Parmesan rollups are a delicious protein to pair with mashed potatoes. Stuffed with sautéed onions and spinach, you’ll sneak some veggies in as well!

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    Roasted Lemon Chicken {Pollo al Limone}

    This simple lemon chicken is always a family favorite! Pollo al limone is a classic Italian dish that pairs well with mashed potatoes.

    Creamy chicken and gravy over mashed potatoes and served with corn.
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    Creamy Chicken and Gravy in the Slow Cooker

    Creamy chicken and gravy in the slow cooker is perfect served over a pile of mashed potatoes. It is a plate of diner comfort food made easily at home.

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    Baked Lemon Chicken Tenders with Tomatoes and Zucchini

    These easy Baked Lemon Chicken Tenders are super moist, bright, & delicious! Chicken tenderloin is marinated in olive oil, honey, lemon zest, & spices for ultimate flavor. It’s then oven baked with tomatoes & zucchini for an easy sheet tray dinner. Simple, fuss free, & perfect for summer!

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    Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes

    These pan seared chicken breasts with tomatoes and basil are so tasty, you’d never guess they’re so easy to make. Ready in just 20 minutes, it’s the perfect meal for a busy day.

    Air Fryer popcorn chicken in a cup lined with white paper.

    Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken

    Air Fryer Popcorn Chicken is the perfect recipe for making a quick dinner, feeding a crowd, or serving up as a party appetizer or a snack on game day. You’re going to love this super crispy chicken.

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    Easy Chinese Braised Soy Sauce Chicken Thighs

    This recipe is a simplified but still delicious version of the most popular recipe on my website (chinatown soya sauce chicken): made in one-pot, this easy chinese braised soy sauce chicken thighs recipe is simple to make.

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    Spinach and Blue Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

    Chicken breasts stuffed with a delicious filling made of spinach, blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, salt, pepper & garlic! A quick and easy dinner idea the whole family will love.

    Pork Recipes to Serve with Mashed Potatoes

    Honey garlic pork chops on a plate with rice. Pork chops are sprinkled with sesame seeds.

    Simple Honey Garlic Pork Chops

    These Simple Honey Garlic Pork Chops are sweet, salty and sure to become a family favorite! Have this meal ready in less than 30 minutes making it a perfect option for a weeknight meal. Pair with creamy potatoes and green beans for a hearty meal.

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    Easy Crock Pot Pulled Pork

    Delicious, tender, slightly sweet and salty this pulled pork recipe is super easy to put together and will be sure to satisfy a crowd!

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    Honey Sriracha Pork Loin

    This simple honey sriracha pork loin with optional veggies is cooked to perfection in cast iron. It’s tender and juicy on the inside with a magnificent sweet and spicy honey sriracha sauce glazed crust. A classic side dish like mashed potatoes pairs well with this pork loin.

    Grilled ham steak on a plate topped with maple orange glaze and an orange slice. Brussels sprouts are being served with the ham steak. An orange sliced in half and cup of glaze are in the background.
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    Grilled Ham Steak with Maple Orange Glaze

    Grilled Ham Steak with Maple Orange Glaze, you can have all the holiday flavors you crave only in a quick weeknight meal! Why save holiday flavors for one time of the year when you can have an easy delicious meal on the table any time?

    Braised pork shredded on top of mashed potatoes served with peas.
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    Balsamic and Rosemary Braised Pork Shoulder

    This hearty and flavorful yet cozy meal is sure you warm you up and fill your tummy. Balsamic and rosemary braised pork butt could be a new favorite dinner!

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    Slow Cooker Chipotle Maple Bourbon Glazed Ham

    Chipotle Maple Bourbon Glazed Ham in the slow cooker is the juiciest ham you’ll ever eat and the easiest one you’ll ever make.

    Close up of french onion pork chops. Pork chops are covered in sauce, onions and cheese.
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    French Onion Pork Chops

    These Keto French Onion Pork Chops are an easy one pot meal! Using the same great flavors of French onion soup, the smothered pork chops are a delicious family skillet meal.

    Turkey Dishes to Serve with Mashed Potatoes

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    Quick and Easy Turkey Meatloaf

    This simple and delicious Turkey Meatloaf is the perfect main dish to serve with mashed potatoes. Moist, tender and full of flavor this meatloaf is sure to become a regular in your family dinner rotation at any time of year.

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    Easy Instant Pot Turkey Tenderloin

    Tender, juicy, and ready in only 30 minutes, this Instant Pot Turkey Tenderloin recipe is so easy to make! It’s a perfect turkey dinner idea when you don’t want to roast a whole turkey for hours! 

    Beef Dishes to Serve with Turkey Meatloaf

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    Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Beef and Mushrooms

    This Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Beef and Mushrooms is a hearty and comforting meal. Loaded with peppers, ground beef, rice, onion, mushrooms, garlic and sauce this meal is sure to be a family favorite.

    Shredded crock pot beef in a white bowl next to a black and white towel.

    Easy Crock Pot Beef and Beer

    This Easy Crock Pot Beef and Beer recipe will give you tender, flavorful beef that requires very little work. It is quick to get in the crock pot where it will cook all day! 

    Italian roast beef shredded on a sub roll topped with red and yellow peppers. Coleslaw and chips are being served with the sandwich.
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    Lazy Slow Cooker Italian Roast Beef

    Delicious crockpot Italian Roast Beef has great flavor with just a little kick. This tender beef, made with spices and peppers, is just perfect served as a sandwich or over mashed potatoes or cauliflower.

    Shredded Mississippi pot roast on top of mashed potatoes with banana peppers.
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    Crock Pot Mississippi Pot Roast

    Mississippi Pot Roast only has 5 easy ingredients to make a main dish that is best served over mashed potatoes. Try this easy fuss free dinner that the whole family will love!

    Beef roast served on top of mashed potatoes with carrots and green beans.
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    Simply Perfect Beef Roast

    Simply Perfect Beef Roast is just like Grandma used to make! This classic comfort food is only 3 ingredients, slow braised in the oven all day and deliciously tender! Simple enough for a weeknight meal yet fancy enough for a special occasion, you’ll want to come back to this recipe again and again!

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    The Best Smoked Ribeye

    Smoked Ribeye, for the tastiest, most tender ribeyes you will ever have! Easy to do and extra delicious!

    Two slices of smoked meatloaf on a white plate with broccoli and mashed potatoes
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    Smoked Meatloaf with BBQ Glaze

    Smoked Meatloaf is a great twist on the classic recipe. Simple ingredients are transformed into a juicy loaf which is loaded with smoky flavor and topped with a BBQ glaze. This is comfort food at its best!

    Instant pot beef goulash over rice with fresh herbs on top.
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    Instant Pot Beef Goulash

    Beef goulash is perfect served over mashed potatoes for an easy weeknight comfort food dinner. Simple, hearty, and delicious!

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    Smoked Tri Tip

    This Santa Maria steak is a West Coast crowd pleaser! Smoked tri-tip recipe is juicy, flavorful, and is going to be your new backyard barbecue go-to!

    Slow Cooker Guinness beef ribs on top of mashed potatoes served with peas. A fork is showing how tender the ribs are.

    Slow Cooker Guinness Beef Ribs

    I love my slow cooker and I love beef ribs. So when I decided to cook up a bunch of these “fall off the bone ribs” with Guinness my favorite Irish beer I knew I’d have a winner! And don’t worry if you can’t have alcohol, just replace the beer with Root Beer or Dr. Pepper.

    Lamb Dishes to Serve with Mashed Potatoes

    Shredded roasted leg of lamb with sauce on top of broccoli in a bowl next to silverware.
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    Easy Slow Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe

    Cooking lamb can seem so intimidating but my Easy Slow Roast Leg of Lamb Recipe takes the guesswork out of a delicious way to enjoy lamb at home. This tender, fall apart roast lamb paired with a delicious gravy made from the pan drippings, too! If you enjoy lamb this is sure to become one of your new favorite recipes.

    Seafood Dishes to Serve with Mashed Potatoes

    Slice of honey garlic salmon on top of rice with vegetables. Sauce is being drizzled on top with a spoon. Another plate is in the background.
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    Air Fryer Honey Garlic Salmon

    In under 20 minutes, you can get your hands on this tender, flaky, and flavorful Air Fryer Salmon with Honey Garlic flavor! This simple weeknight salmon is delicious and super easy to throw together!

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    Lemon Garlic Pepper Shrimp (Air Fryer and Skillet)

    This spicy garlic butter shrimp recipe is buttery and tasty. It is super flavorful and turns out so good with very little butter/oil.

    Pan fried tilapia on a white plate with green beans, mashed potatoes and lemon slice. Another plate in the background.
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    Best Pan Fried Tilapia Recipe

    Simple flavors complement tender tilapia fillets in this easy Pan Fried Tilapia recipe. It’s ready in about 10 minutes, and perfect for busy weeknights.

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    Chestnut and Pepper Crusted Salmon Fillet

    The colours and flavours make for a wonderfully festive dish that will happily serve six, and the refreshing, mild flavours of the sockeye salmon fillet are beautifully complemented by a delicate chestnut crust.

    Vegan and Vegetarian Dishes to Serve with Mashed Potatoes

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    The Best Traditional Meatless Meatloaf

    With all the traditional seasonings of the original this vegan meatless meatloaf with chickpeas, peppers, and onions is big on flavor topped with a tomato maple glaze. The perfect dish to serve alongside your favorite mashed potatoes.

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    Crispy Breaded Tofu Sticks

    Make super crispy breaded tofu sticks with just 5 base ingredients and a pan, oven, or air fryer. Delicious, versatile, and easy to make gluten-free and adapt with your seasoning and coating of choice!

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    Saturday 28th of January 2023

    Delightful post

    Melissa Samartino

    Wednesday 15th of February 2023

    Thank you! I hope you have found a few new recipes to try!

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