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Classic Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
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Classic Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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This light holiday staple saves time on Thanksgiving day. No more frantically whipping the potatoes while hungry family and guests hang around the kitchen! —Marty Rummel, Trout Lake, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup equals 220 calories, 7 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 316 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, mash potatoes with cream cheese. Combine the egg whites, sour cream, onion powder, salt and pepper; stir into potatoes until blended. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Drizzle with butter. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover and bake 50 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each).
Originally published as Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes in Taste of Home October/November 2009, p41

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Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"This recipe was so-so. There are many other mashed potato recipes on this website that are really much better. Quite time consuming for not much deliciousness.

- Theresa"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"I tried this for the first time. It was so easy and they tasted great. It was so nice to have one less item to try and get ready on Thanksgiving day"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"Made these for Thanksgiving and my 8 adult dinner guests almost finished them! I made them exactly as directed using the oven, not a crockpot. Much easier than preparing and mashing potatoes on Thanksgiving morning. Not to mention the pan and other utensils used for prep are all cleaned up already. I will make these again."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I do my potatoes earlier in the day then I put mine in the a crock pot on warm setting...frees up oven and stove top..."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I think it defeats the purpose of making the potatoes ahead of time if you have to use precious oven space to heat them up. But it does look like a great recipe!"

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