Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe
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Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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Remember whipping up potatoes at the last minute before holiday meals? Never again! These are the most delicious mashed spuds we've ever tasted - but best of all, you can make them the day before the feast.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 50 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 12 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced chives, optional
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 247 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Place the potatoes in a large saucepan 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, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add potatoes; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the butter, salt, paprika, pepper and chives if desired. Spoon into a greased 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 10 minutes, stirring once. Stir in milk. Microwave 5 minutes longer or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2006, p44

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Brossi User ID: 8526235 246459
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2016

"Wonderful recipe. The whole family enjoyed this dish. Used 6 large potatoes. Would absolutely make this again. Thanks for an awesome recipe."

sgronholz User ID: 1473861 238338
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2015

"I made a batch and a half of these delicious potatoes for our Thanksgiving meal this year. I stirred up the recipe the day before, then warmed them (on low) for 4 hours in my 5-qt. crock pot, stirring occasionally . Everyone loved them! I will definitely be making this recipe again!"

apple1 User ID: 302819 233863
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2015

"I have made these several time and prepare them the day before. I put them in the crockpot and store in the fridge until the day of. I only turn the crock pot on about 2 hours before we are eating to warm them. No need to have them heating all day."

peacharmadillo User ID: 3329993 216630
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"We feel it tastes better on day two and prepare it in advance on purpose."

Mommalovespink User ID: 7310357 53612
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"Great recipe... It was so nice to make ahead and have ready for Thanksgiving dinner!! So fluffy and creamy; will absolutely make again."

DrewDrawed User ID: 6976671 141111
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2012

"Restaurant quality - reminds me of a steakhouse version of mashed potatoes I've had. They're light and creamy texture, lots of flavor in each bite!"

cwbuff User ID: 441425 206079
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2011

"Good recipe to use at holiday time or for any special meal. I tried DianaNC's suggestion to use the crock pot, but found 5-6 hrs is too long - the potatoes were starting to get too dried out. Maybe she used a 3 qt pot - I used a 5. Next time I'll decrease the time. Excellent!"

meli_chan User ID: 5724140 61924
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"Super, Super, Super! My family loved these mashed potatoes to eat, and I loved making them ahead of time, and reheating in the microwave. Will definitely be making this again!"

DianaNC User ID: 32096 81636
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I have made these for years and they are wonderful. I have made them up to 5 days ahead and they stay fresh. Put in crockpot on low 5 to 6 hrs with a pat of butter on top the morning of the feast."

lmgarner User ID: 4583154 98562
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2009

"My husband and I took these to our first Thanksgiving at my in-laws this year. Everyone asked for the recipe and thought they were fantastic!"

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