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Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

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!"

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."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

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

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."

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!"

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!"

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!"

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."

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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