THE WINNER: Tyler Florence.
His heavy cream method was pretty unusual, but it totally worked! The potatoes were creamy, infused with the flavors of thyme, bay, and garlic — and had just enough mustard to balance things out. This seriously might just be my new go-to method for cooking mashed potatoes. Get the recipe here.
SECOND PLACE: 2 Chainz
Turns out 2 Chainz knows what's up! These were super flavorful, garlicky (without being overpowering), and reminded me of something I would get at a nice steakhouse. Get the recipe here.
THIRD PLACE: Ina Garten
This was the most classic of all the recipes. They were super fluffy, perfectly seasoned, and had a deliciously subtle tang from the sour cream. If you want something simple to eat alongside gravy, this is a good option. Get the recipe here.
FOURTH PLACE: Oprah
The problem with Oprah's potatoes was how much horseradish was in them. Even if they had half the amount in them, they would STILL be pretty hot! Oprah doesn't do subtle (she's a BOSS, I get it) ― but this recipe was just too aggressive for me. Get the recipe here.
FIFTH PLACE: Gordon Ramsay
These potatoes had way too many green onions in them. It seemed that every bite was 50% raw green onions, and that is NOT what I want my mashed potatoes to taste like. Maybe champ is supposed to taste like this (and if so, then I'm admittingly ignorant for faulting him), but it just didn't work for me. Get the recipe here.
LAST PLACE: The Pioneer Woman
Boring, bland, gluey, and sad. Hard pass. Get the recipe here.