Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
- 3 pounds potatoes (about 9 medium), peeled and cubed
- 6 bacon strips, chopped
- 1 package (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
- 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, uncovered, 40-50 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 10 servings.
3/4 cup equals 419 calories, 24 g fat (15 g saturated fat), 74 mg cholesterol, 544 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 11 g protein.
Reviews for Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes
"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."
"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!"
"This is excellent! wonderful taste! Best mashed potatoes recipe. Will be making time and time again."
"This is so delicious. Love that I can make it the day before!"
"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!"
"This is a fantastic go to recipe for family dinners!"
"I love this recipe. For Thanksgiving, I left off the bacon and substituted shredded Parm instead of cheddar."
"Very good! On the rich side."
"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!"
"OMG, amazing!! Definitely making this again!"
"These potatoes are an amazing hit with the family and very easy to make."
"Amazing mashed potatoes - creamy and full of flavor! The bacon, green onions, and cheese make these mashed potatoes extra special!"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"Made these for our family Christmas and they were a huge hit!"
"I don't like potatoes - but I love this dish! It was a hit at Thanksgiving for all!"
"Made this for Thanksgiving for 11 Guest and got nothing but RAVES fromALL !!"
"Family love's it"
"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. :-)"
"excellent excellent great for pot luck, will definitely make again"
"Everyone loved this , so I will keep on making this one for sure."
"Made these once for a funeral dinner at my church. Now is my "must bring" every time. People practically lick the pan!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"OHHHH MY MY MY - These are Wonderful... seemed like a lot of ingrediants but well worth all of it..."
"THIS IS A GREAT DISH. IT CAN BE MADE AHEAD OF TIME AND BAKED BEFORE SERVING."
"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."
"love this recipe easy and yummy!!"
"So yummy!!! I don't even particularily love mashed potatoes, but I would definitely make these over and over again."
"A serving takes up most of a day's calories, but they are worth it."
"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."
"My family loved it"
"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."
"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!"
"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!!!!"
"I've made this a few times,,, always turns out great,, everyone loves it!!!I would make this again for sure!!"
"This is an awesome recipe,,,, made it three times now,, and always got rave reviews!!!"
"This recipe was just FANTASTIC! I used 1/2 & 1/2 instead of 2% milk. Rich,creamy,great tasting and easy to make!!"
"Made this many times. It is so delicous. A favorite for sure."
"This is a wonderful recipe. Very pretty too. Thank you so much for sharing with us."
"Made this for company this weekend....got rave reviews!!! Will make it again for sure!!"
"Sounds great! Can't wait to try it!! If the oven is busy,, has anyone heated this in the microwave??"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"HEARTY AND DELICIOUS!"
"Delicious! I cut the fat by using light cream cheese and sour cream and skim milk. Also skipped the onions."
"OMG this is my family's brand new favorite recipe!!!!"
"This is now a new family favorite!!!"
"Anything with bacon & potatoes is a winner!!! This is a keeper!!!"
"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."
"Made these for Easter. AMAZING! Definitely is going into the "definitely make again" file"
"This is definitely a keeper. Served this as part of our Easter dinner and everyone loved it!"
"Wonderful! Made a double batch and they were gone!!! Huge hit!"
"Make a double recipe and take it to the potluck. It will be gone before you get through the line!"
"I have made this for our Church and my family. Everyone that has had it, LOVE IT!!!"
"Ooops, that's Neufchatel!"
"We made this w/Nufchatel,Light Sour Cream & reduced fat cheddar cheese. Yummy!"
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"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!"
"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."
"These were DELICIOUS! I will definitely make these again and again!!"
"I made this recipe for company and had many compliments on the flavor as well as the presentation of the dish. Absolutely loved it!"
"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."