Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
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Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Creamy make-ahead mashed potatoes get even better when topped with a savory trio of cheese, onions and bacon. —JoAnn Koerkenmeier, Damiansville, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 3 pounds potatoes (about 9 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 6 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, chopped
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 419 calories, 24g fat (15g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 544mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain.
  3. Drain potatoes; return to pan. Mash potatoes, gradually adding cream cheese, sour cream and butter. Stir in milk and seasonings. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking dish; sprinkle with cheese, green onions and bacon. Refrigerate, covered, up to 1 day.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Remove potatoes from refrigerator and let stand while oven heats. Bake, covered, about 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes more, or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p31

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rena 55 User ID: 1935799 264348
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

"What is not to love in this recipe? Potatoes, bacon, cheese...mmmm good! Great dish to make for a crowd. I made it for a catering job and they were scrapping the pan clean!"

Wildfiremustang User ID: 1330024 263525
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2017

"Good very flavorful"

kpkaren User ID: 2650977 263461
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2017

"Oh my goodness. These are the best potatoes ever. This is definitely a keeper!"

randcbruns User ID: 828588 259061
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2017

"These are absolutely amazing potatoes. You can't go wrong with all the great loaded potato toppings in these."

Sfcollins User ID: 7951672 257315
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2016

"One of my favorites, very good with or without bacon and cheese."

tsuop User ID: 6274346 256782
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"I only made 1 change I eliminated the onion, I felt the garlic was enough. Yummo!! I did use light cream cheese & sour cream, no one noticed : ))"

Brossi User ID: 8526235 253098
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2016

"This was YUMMY! My husband couldn't get enough of it! Loved the flavour - rich and cheesy. It may not be so good for the waistline but we loved it, although I did use lite cream cheese and lite sour cream. 10/10. Thanks for a great recipe which we will definitely be having again."

aug2295 User ID: 4631582 245675
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"Delicious and pretty simple to put together. Throw it in a disposable pan and there is no clean up the day you eat it. I melted the butter and cream cheese and heated the milk before adding to the potato."

Chasexjackorg User ID: 8638460 238490
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"How many fantastics can a recipe get? Add one more! Such a hit at Thanksgiving dinner. Will be making for holiday dinners, potlucks, etc. i used low fat sour cream and cream cheese, and it was still delicious!"

sunnyskys User ID: 5025950 237745
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

"This is excellent! wonderful taste! Best mashed potatoes recipe. Will be making time and time again."

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