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Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds potatoes (about 9 medium), peeled and cubed
  • 6 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

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Brossi
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."

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aug2295
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."

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Chasexjackorg
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!"

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sunnyskys
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2015

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

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cindiak
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2015

"This is so delicious. Love that I can make it the day before!"

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changde
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"I have been making this for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and lots of other special occasions. It is so delicious! Everyone loves this! I keep several copies in my recipe binders so that I will not be without it. Thanks for this wonderful recipe!"

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Sillyman1
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"This is a fantastic go to recipe for family dinners!"

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Colebernadette
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2015

"Loved it"

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sd20
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2015

"Very good!"

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blmstout
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2014

"I love this recipe. For Thanksgiving, I left off the bacon and substituted shredded Parm instead of cheddar."

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justmbeth
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2014

"Very good! On the rich side."

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MapleDrive
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2014

"These are by far the best mashed potatoes ever. I make them without the toppings (but with the cheese mixed in) for everyday meals, and the bacon, cheese and green onion toppings are perfect for holidays. The balance of the dairy products and seasonings is perfect, and ingredients are simple and usually on hand. They are even better reheated!"

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creativedolan
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2014

"OMG, amazing!! Definitely making this again!"

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tracie0574
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2014

"These potatoes are an amazing hit with the family and very easy to make."

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gld2bmom
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"Amazing mashed potatoes - creamy and full of flavor! The bacon, green onions, and cheese make these mashed potatoes extra special!"

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KapaluaPrincess
Reviewed Feb. 12, 2014

"What a great find! I made this for my adult kids and husband. They all agreed that THIS must be our "go to" potato recipe. I have to agree with them! So many flavors and spices make this a winner."

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ehadlington
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2013

"I started by making half of the recipe (as there were only 3 of us eating) and we all wished I'd made a full recipe. Unbelievable delicious and definitely a favourite!"

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StMA
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

"I made this last Christmas and family loved it. . I am planning on making it again this year. It's the best make - ahead mashed potato recipe I have made."

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butterfly3gayle
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"Made these for our family Christmas and they were a huge hit!"

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Wildehome
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"I don't like potatoes - but I love this dish! It was a hit at Thanksgiving for all!"

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Igig73
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"Made this for Thanksgiving for 11 Guest and got nothing but RAVES fromALL !!"

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Sheryl76
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2013

"Family love's it"

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2messy
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"This dish has become a "regular" in our family. WONDERFUL! I add a chopped onion and use an entire package of bacon on the top. :-)"

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moneycakes
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2013

"excellent excellent great for pot luck, will definitely make again"

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jacks5155
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2013

"Very good"

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wizzerruf
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2013

"Everyone loved this , so I will keep on making this one for sure."

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mathewgirl
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2013

"Made these once for a funeral dinner at my church. Now is my "must bring" every time. People practically lick the pan!"

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Diane429
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2012

"Took this dish to my brothers for Christmas & every single person RAVED about it. I'm sure that it will be one of the top requested dishes for me to make from now on."

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iteach5
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2012

"Wow! I made these for our Christmas family get-together Dec. 23, and they were a big hit! I didn't have the sour cream on hand, but I substituted 1/2 cup extra milk. I also used a little less seasoning (garlic and onion powders). When baked, they puffed up so light and creamy. A winner for family gatherings!"

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MarcyC48
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"This was absolutely delicious! Everyone in my family one love it! Going to try it out at a senior's potluck tonight. I just KNOW they will fall in love with this also!"

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Villalou
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2012

"This is something i will definitely try, my husband and kids love mashed potatoes and everything that were added in this recipe will make them love it more."

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NeNe5519
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2012

"OHHHH MY MY MY - These are Wonderful... seemed like a lot of ingrediants but well worth all of it..."

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Ashleyktle
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2012

"THIS IS A GREAT DISH. IT CAN BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AND BAKED BEFORE SERVING."

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fralor
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"Wonderful being able to prepare this recipe ahead of time. Thought it would be a little dry, but no, it was perfect. My husband, who isn't a mashed potato eater, thought it was great."

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santosdebbie2010
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2012

"love this recipe easy and yummy!!"

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tam-tam44
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2012

"So yummy!!! I don't even particularily love mashed potatoes, but I would definitely make these over and over again."

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TahitiTan
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2012

"A serving takes up most of a day's calories, but they are worth it."

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jenniemsrich
Reviewed May. 20, 2012

"I made a few changes to this recipe and we loved it!! I halved the amounts called for the following.....cream cheese, sour cream, butter, milk, and the seasonings."

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rudylenak
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"My family loved it"

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jforth
Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"These potatoes are delicious, even if they are loaded with calories! I really like that they can be made the day before you need them. This recipe serves a crowd; I'd say more than 10 servings."

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KimMancuso
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2012

"I've made these a couple of times already, and they are excellent. My kids love them. Thinking of making these today, for Easter. These are great for the holidays when you need to get a few menu items done ahead of time, and can just heat them through before serving. Love them!"

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Jo0219
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2012

"I first made this recipe for our family owned and operated restaurant located in Kansas for our Christmas Party in 2011. Since then whenever we have a family get together this is the first recipe that I am requested to make. I cannot wait to make these for my son who lives in California. He loves potatoes!! I would like to personally Thank Amanda Sauer, of University, Missouri for sharing this wonderful recipe. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!"

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selias
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"I've made this a few times,,, always turns out great,, everyone loves it!!!

I would make this again for sure!!"

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selias
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"This is an awesome recipe,,,, made it three times now,, and always got rave reviews!!!"

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karmcca
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"This recipe was just FANTASTIC! I used 1/2 & 1/2 instead of 2% milk. Rich,creamy,great tasting and easy to make!!"

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MouseladyinTX
Reviewed Feb. 26, 2012

"Made this many times. It is so delicous. A favorite for sure."

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MrsOrganized
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2012

"This is a wonderful recipe. Very pretty too. Thank you so much for sharing with us."

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selias
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2012

"Made this for company this weekend....got rave reviews!!! Will make it again for sure!!"

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selias
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2012

"Sounds great! Can't wait to try it!! If the oven is busy,, has anyone heated this in the microwave??"

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Sparklemea
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2012

"Very good, I forgot the sour cream and didn't miss it. Used low fat milk, cheese and cream cheese and it was still great."

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wsedgwick
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2011

"Served these for Christmas dinner yesterday and they were a HUGE hit! Loved being able to make these the day before, then heat before dinner. Added some extra cheese right into the potato mixture, too...yum!"

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ButterLovingGirl
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2011

"Lots of whining last Easter when I said, "Sorry, no gravy." This recipe shut them up quick. So delicious it should be against the law!"

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veggiemama
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2011

"Wonderful potatoes!"

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pschube
Reviewed Oct. 26, 2011

"HEARTY AND DELICIOUS!"

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RhondaK65
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2011

"Delicious! I cut the fat by using light cream cheese and sour cream and skim milk. Also skipped the onions."

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SoCalGirlinTX
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2011

"OMG this is my family's brand new favorite recipe!!!!"

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bzdz1128
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2011

"This is now a new family favorite!!!"

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New Recipe Night!
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"Anything with bacon & potatoes is a winner!!! This is a keeper!!!"

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parksville
Reviewed May. 29, 2011 Edited Sep. 30, 2014

"These are easy and very, very good. You can prepare them a day ahead then pop in the oven when ready to cook. We will definitely keep them on the top 10 list in our house."

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Amothy
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Made these for Easter. AMAZING! Definitely is going into the "definitely make again" file"

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retiredcookie2000
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2011

"This is definitely a keeper. Served this as part of our Easter dinner and everyone loved it!"

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Joy Lang
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2011

"Very Yummy"

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tbardella
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2011

"Wonderful! Made a double batch and they were gone!!! Huge hit!"

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Aima
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2011

"Make a double recipe and take it to the potluck. It will be gone before you get through the line!"

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Christina Holzmeister
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2011

"I have made this for our Church and my family. Everyone that has had it, LOVE IT!!!"

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reallygood
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"Ooops, that's Neufchatel!"

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reallygood
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2011

"We made this w/Nufchatel,Light Sour Cream & reduced fat cheddar cheese. Yummy!"

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Ginico
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2011

"I made this for a small church dinner group (6), I found that I needed to add additional milk to get the potatoes creamy. I had some leftovers, so I put them in the food processor, added a tablespoon of flour and 1 egg and made potatoe pancakes. The cheese, bacon,onion topping ground up throughout the potatoes gave the pancakes a really unique flavor - very good!"

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Rebson
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"These were the best mashed potatoes I've ever had. I halved the recipe and it worked fine. Will definitely be making these again and again."

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chocolatecherry
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2011

"This recipe went very well with the Italian Spiral Meatloaf. I used a box of Idaho Potatoes instead and I forgot to put the cream cheese and it still was the best textured mashed potatoes I ever made. I also only seasoned my potatoes with salt and pepper. I don't think I'll ever eat plain mashed potatoes again. Thank You!"

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BNavarro0331
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2011

"This was wonderful!! I made it for my parents on monday and we loved it so much when my husband came home Saturday i made it again and we all had it again!"

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GFEZ6
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"These potatoes are wonderful. I cut the recipe in half for my son and I. I will definitely make these again. This recipe is a keeper."

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misti0379
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"These were DELICIOUS! I will definitely make these again and again!!"

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Moosiemom
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"I made this recipe for company and had many compliments on the flavor as well as the presentation of the dish. Absolutely loved it!"

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Sandy_Dandy
Reviewed Feb. 3, 2011

"Fantastic potatoes."

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D. Woodring
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"Great recipe!! Easy to make ahead, and we have plenty leftover for tomorrow night's side dish. My family of 5 loved it...especially my kids and they are very picky. It is very rich...I did use skim milk, but may try to use light sour cream and light cream cheese next time to lower the fat content a little. Definitely not something I will make all the time, but it was a real treat. Thanks Amanda."

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