We love potato side dishes in all their mouth-watering glory—from creamy mashed potatoes to sweet-potato fries. (Not to mention all the delicious ways you can add in cheese!)
We’re also pretty pumped that they’re easy to prepare with kids in the kitchen (read: hanging off you while you’re cooking). You can even put the troops to work whisking. assembling and more. The fact that potato sides will please even the pickiest eater in your house is a bonus.
Try our favourite potato-side-dish recipes for your next family meal and use up that giant bag of potatoes from your last grocery run.
Ready in: 1 hour and 15 minutes
How kids can help: Your kid will get a kick out of the easy potato-assembly work here including arranging a layer of sliced potatoes in the baking dish, pouring a third of the leek mixture over the potatoes and repeating the layers twice to end with the leek mixture on top.
Ready in: 1 hour and 35 minutes
Why we love it: The secret ingredient that distinguishes our favourite types of potato casseroles, scalloped potatoes and potatoes au gratin? Cheese! Sharp cheddar and gruyere give this potato-gratin recipe extra flavour and richness.
How kids can help: Your cooking apprentice will be fascinated by the bubbling cheese sauce for these potatoes au gratin. Under careful supervision, you can let them whisk the butter and flour together on the stove and then stir in the cheese and garlic.
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Ready in: 20 minutes
Why we love it: This potato salad is one of our favourite grilled-potato side dishes. We’re suckers for red potatoes with creamy salad dressings because they make a perfect combo for a summery BBQ, picnic or family holiday any time of year.
How kids can help: After you’re done boiling the potatoes, your kid can toss them in olive oil, salt and pepper. (Let them cool down first so they’re not too hot to touch!) Once the spuds are off the grill (or a ridged skillet if you’re doing prep indoors), the kiddos can also make the topping by combining the roasted red peppers, green onions, yogurt and mayo in a bowl. No finger-licking allowed!
Ready in: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Why we love it: Classic crispy potatoes don’t get better than this, and they’re worth every minute spent waiting for them to get perfectly fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside. This roasted-potato recipe uses duck fat, but you can also use beef or chicken fat from your butcher, or a combination of olive oil and butter to switch up the flavours.
How kids can help: Your little sous chef has to start somewhere, so get them to scrub the spuds before you start chopping. If your child is at least six or seven years old, you could also get them to peel the potatoes with a proper peeler (while supervising and teaching them how to do it safely).
Ready in: 50 minutes
Why we love it: With only three ingredients, these easy sweet-potato fries for kids are one of the easiest sweet-potato recipes out there! Plus, they take only 15 minutes to prepare and your picky eaters will be sure to devour them with ketchup. (Though we prefer the BBQ mayo dip ourselves!)
How kids can help: Get your kid to roll up their sleeves, wash their hands and toss the sweet potatoes in mayo before baking. (This step helps make them extra moist on the inside and crispy on the outside.)
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Ready in: 35 minutes
Why we love it: Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes for a special-occasion side dish, or even a regular Tuesday since they’re so quick and easy to make? This mash recipe is light, buttery, fluffy and full of garlic. (But you can easily scale back on those aromatics if your kids aren’t into them.)
How kids can help: Kids were practically born to mash potatoes and you’ll be their BFF for letting them. After the final whisk, they can also help to drizzle some olive oil and freshly chopped herbs on the plated dish.
Ready in: 40 minutes
Why we love it: Cooking these potatoes twice—first by boiling and then by baking—makes them super crispy. The oil, garlic and fresh herbs in the dressing work alongside almost any main, but you can switch things up with toppings like sour cream, bacon and cheese for an extra-indulgent dish.
How kids can help: Once the potatoes are boiled and cooled down, get your kid to flatten each one with the back of a measuring cup or bowl before you dress them with the butter mixture and put them in the oven.
Ready in: 3 hours
Why we love it: If you don’t have space in the oven, or just don’t want to heat up the house with the stove on, this crockpot recipe for baked potatoes is the answer. (We’re kicking ourselves for not thinking of it before!)
How kids can help: Slow-cooker taters are one of those potato-side-dish recipes that are so easy, your kids can basically take over. Get them to wash the potatoes, poke them with a fork and then rub them with olive oil, salt and pepper before placing them in the slow cooker. When the potatoes are all done, the kids can also stuff them with their favourite fillings. (P.S. These baked potatoes are also one of our favourite options for vegan potato side dishes when topped with creamy plant-based dips, black beans and shredded vegan cheese.)
Shop Potato Side Dish Ingredients
- Healthline. What’s the Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Potatoes?
- National Institutes of Health. Vitamin A.
- Livestrong. The Benefits of Eating Potato Skins.
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