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What to Eat with Mashed Potatoes? 4 Tasty Options!

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by Maria Foster

Mashed potatoes are the superior potato dish. Creamy, smooth, and filling, it’s a dish that’s delicious and easy to make. Simply boil the potatoes and mash them with cream, cheese, and salt.

But you need a dish on the other side of the plate too. We suggest stir-fried veggies, meatballs, chicken cordon bleu, and turkey with gravy. Here are our top 4 recipes to serve with mashed potatoes.

A bowl of mashed potatoes
A bowl of mashed potatoes

4 Dishes to Serve With Mashed Potatoes

  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Meatballs
  • Stir-fried Vegetables
  • Turkey and Gravy

1. Chicken Cordon Bleu

Preparation Time: 45 minutes + 20 minutes to cook

Ingredients: 8 slices of ham, 4 chicken breasts, 3 cups panko, 8 oz Swiss cheese, 6 tbsp butter, salt, and pepper to taste

Tip: You can refrigerate uncooked cordon bleu up to a day before cooking

Chicken Cordon Bleu goes well with mashed potatoes
Chicken Cordon Bleu

Ham wrapped in cheese wrapped in chicken wrapped in panko crust! A forkful of chicken cordon bleu topped off with mashed potatoes is something you need in your life, like, right now.

Start by cutting the raw chicken breasts horizontally with a sharp knife. Place the slices between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound them into a thin layer with a rolling pin. Don’t use excessive force as you don’t want to tear the meat.

Top each chicken breast with shredded swiss cheese and ham slices and roll tightly. If you don’t have swiss cheese, you can use an alternative like mozzarella or gruyere.

Refrigerate the chicken wraps for at least 30 minutes to ensure they keep their shape.

In the meantime, preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Once it’s ready, melt butter in a small saucepan and put panko on a flat plate. Dip the chicken slices into the butter, then into the panko.

Transfer to a baking tray lined with a baking sheet. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, depending on the size and the stuffing.

You can use crushed cornflakes instead of panko to get crispier breading.

2. Meatballs

Preparation Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients: 1lb. ground beef, 1 lb. ground pork, 2 cups of bread crumbs, 2 eggs, 2-3 yellow onions, 2-3 garlic cloves, ½ cup of water, fresh parsley, and basil to taste

Tip: You can use ½ whole milk instead of water for a richer taste

Meatballs are excellent parings with mashed potatoes

Meatballs are great with mashed potatoes. You can serve them as soon as they are out of the pan or with some tomato sauce.

The trick to making juicy meatballs is mixing different kinds of ground meat. We suggest using half beef and half pork for the tastiest results.

Moisten the bread crumbs in a large bowl by slowly adding water or milk. Add the ground meats, eggs, your choice of fresh herbs, and onions to the bowl. Sprinkle salt and pepper.

Knead the mixture to combine everything. The goal is to break apart the ground meats and marry them with the herbs, onions, and breadcrumbs.

When you are sure that your “meatball dough” is mixed thoroughly, start shaping them into evenly sized balls. Grease your hands with oil to prevent them from sticking to your hands.

Drizzle a little oil on a large skillet and pan-fry your meatballs over medium-high heat. Make sure not to overcrowd them in the skillet; otherwise, it might be tricky to keep track of how well they cook. Sprinkle a generous amount of parmesan on top and serve hot.

3. Stir-fried Vegetables

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients: 1 red bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1-2 carrots, 10-12 mushrooms, 2 cups of broccoli, 3-4 cloves of garlic, baby corn pieces (optional), ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil, 1 tbsp cornstarch, sesame seeds for garnish

Tip: Add tofu for some protein and to bump up the satiety

Stir-fried Vegetables are tasty with Jambalaya
Stir-fried Vegetables

Wondering what to do with the sad-looking vegetables you bought a while ago and didn’t manage to cook when they were super-fresh? Well, now is your chance to turn them into something scrumptious.

The recipe is quite easy, and the whole dish comes together in minutes. First, prepare the sauce to act as a thickening agent for the vegetables.

Whisk together cornstarch, minced garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce, and broth in a small bowl. You can use vegetable or chicken broth, but we suggest using watered miso paste for the umami flavor.

The rest is simple! You need a large skillet or a wok, a round-shaped deep pan, to cook your veggies. Coat the pot or the wok with olive or sesame oil, and let it sizzle over medium heat.

Add your chopped vegetables to the pan. Do you have green beans, snap peas, water chestnuts, or other veggies you don’t know what to do with? Stir-frying is a great way to use leftover vegetables slowly wilting in your fridge, so go all in.

Saute the vegetables for 5 minutes. Slowly pour the mixture and cook for a few more minutes until the sauce thickens. Et voila!

If you’d like a bit more protein in your dish, you can add tofu or cooked chicken slices along with your vegetables.

If you are unsure which soy sauce to use, we have some soy sauce reviews that might help!

4. Turkey and Gravy

Preparation Time: 2 hours

Ingredients:1 turkey breast (skin and bone intact, about 5 pounds), 6-7 tbsp butter + 4 tbsp for gravy, 4 cloves of garlic, 1 lemon in slices, fresh thyme and sage leaves, salt, and pepper, 2 bouillon cubes, 2 cups of boiling water, 4 tbsp flour

Tip: You can make bouillon cubes at home

Turkey and Gravy
Turkey and Gravy

Who says turkey and gravy are only for Thanksgiving? This recipe is so simple yet so good that you’ll want to cook it all year long!

Start by preheating the oven to 325°F (165°C). Coat a baking dish with oil and line it with sliced lemons. Gather butter, minced garlic, fresh sage, and thyme leaves in a bowl.

Coat the turkey breast with this butter mixture, place it in the baking dish, and pop it into the oven for about 90 minutes.

Since the gravy is so quick to put together, you should start preparing it right before taking the turkey out of the oven.

Melt some butter in a saucepan and slowly add flour as it melts to make a flour roux. Crumble bouillon cubes into a jar and add boiling water to make a tea-like broth.

Combine the broth with the butter-flour mixture, and let it simmer for about 5 minutes until you have a thick gravy.

You can make homemade bouillons by boiling vegetables and putting them in a blender to create a thick puree. Spread the puree out on an oiled sheet and freeze. 


Mashed potatoes is a delicious and versatile dish anyone can enjoy – it can be made vegan and gluten-free with little to no adjustments. It pairs well with different meat dishes like baked turkey, meatballs, and cordon bleu and is also great with vegetables. Next time you make mashed potatoes, try one of these dishes.

About Maria Foster
Maria Foster
Maria Foster is a mother of 3 and she and her husband of 23 years share their home with 2 faithful dogs. Besides being CEO of the household and active in her community, Maria is the lead contributor to Food Champs and loves to try new food ideas and kitchen accessories to make easier and more delicious meals.
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