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Classic Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Classic Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

This light holiday staple saves time on Christmas day. No more frantically whipping the potatoes while hungry family and guests hang around the kitchen! —Marty Rummel, Trout Lake, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. + chilling Bake: 55 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 2 large egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  • 1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven 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, mash potatoes with cream cheese. Combine the egg whites, sour cream, onion powder, salt and pepper; stir into potatoes until blended. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Drizzle with butter. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • 3. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Preheat oven to 350°. Cover and bake 50 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until a thermometer reads 160°. Yield: 12 servings (3/4 cup each)

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 220 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 316mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.

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jordyne User ID: 1135803 264343
Reviewed Apr. 5, 2017

"I have made many dinners with a potato dish that is almost the same. I don't use egg whites and I add some garlic salt to the mix. You can make this 3-4 days in advance to save time on the actual day of the dinner. I usually leave a bit of chunk so that it's not totally creamed. No matter how many times I serve it the response is always the same. "fabulous, these are the best ." If you do it in the crockpot, be careful and do only on low. I've also preheated them in the microwave before putting them in the crockpot. No matter how you cook them, they are delish !!!"

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 257861
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2016

"These were great and reminded me of the ones my mother in law makes. easy to follow recipe!"

julesinmd User ID: 7135098 257505
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2016

"I made these mashed potatoes on the day before Thanksgiving. The only change was that I mashed them with a mixer. The potatoes came out a bit chunky but they were quite good. I think next time I would add some milk when I'm mixing them. I did add milk when I served the leftovers a couple of days later, and that improved the consistency."

Sarah User ID: 8973903 257158
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2016

"You people do realize you are supposed to take your turkey out to rest on the counter for 30-60 minutes? Perfect time to throw your potatoes in the oven."

JBDKF User ID: 8269267 256405
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2016

"The easiest way that we've found to reheat mashed potatoes and it doesn't take up oven space, is to put the potatoes in a glass bowl and put them oven simmering water (double boiler style). They turn out nice and moist. After making the potatoes put them in the same bowl that you'll use to warm them up. Simple clean up."

gryph44 User ID: 4480770 256085
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2016

"I make something similar but heat them up in a crockpot, works great and doesn't take up any oven room"

cindiak User ID: 221828 255347
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"They turned out pretty good, although I barely had enough room in the oven for them and the turkey."

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 246144
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2016

"This recipe was so-so. There are many other mashed potato recipes on this website that are really much better. Quite time consuming for not much deliciousness.

- Theresa"

bojuto User ID: 395877 238304
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"I tried this for the first time. It was so easy and they tasted great. It was so nice to have one less item to try and get ready on Thanksgiving day"

MurphyNJ User ID: 7103738 238261
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2015

"Made these for Thanksgiving and my 8 adult dinner guests almost finished them! I made them exactly as directed using the oven, not a crockpot. Much easier than preparing and mashing potatoes on Thanksgiving morning. Not to mention the pan and other utensils used for prep are all cleaned up already. I will make these again."

miller.linda User ID: 4619498 236339
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I do my potatoes earlier in the day then I put mine in the a crock pot on warm setting...frees up oven and stove top..."

birba User ID: 144386 236335
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I think it defeats the purpose of making the potatoes ahead of time if you have to use precious oven space to heat them up. But it does look like a great recipe!"

evermuth User ID: 8105459 236321
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2015

"I only have one oven. How can I bake the potatoes and bake turkey at the same time. I wish I could."

brabe User ID: 7980961 218472
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2015

"Family loves this."

Lesl1e User ID: 2055729 216161
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"easy to make and delicious when baked."

Sheilasweeney User ID: 8062404 103068
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"easy and very tasty"

Sweetums5 User ID: 1470993 177350
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2014

"I have made these potatoes for years and when finished they taste like twice-baked potatoes. Delicious. But I have never seen egg whites in this recipe before and never used them, and low fat cream cheese and sour cream are also a no-no."

tnewton649 User ID: 7526903 95169
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2014

"My husband and I had these for dinner tonight. They were great. My husband made them as directed not in the crock pot and it was easy to prepare. Will definitely make them again."

mmachado User ID: 923462 163942
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"I made this for Christmas and unfortunately my family did not like them at all. The biggest complaint was that they were sticky. I don't know if I did something wrong but will not make they again."

LaurieCD User ID: 7552579 103066
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"This recipe came out fantastic, I made it just as directed. For those of you who insist on doing everything in the crock pot, it won't come out the same. Try it as stated, in the oven covered and you will get much better results!"

Ajaxmolly User ID: 6493842 177349
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2013

"I've been hearing about this recipe for years and decided to try it this Thanksgiving. I made them the day before and refrigerated. On Thanksgiving I started them off in the crock pot on high for a couple hours. STIRRING occassionaly is the key to the crock pot. After they were heated through a bit, I turned it down to low for a couple hours, stirring to keep the heat uniform. After checking for total warmth, I turned them off and they stayed nice and warm until time to be served. My only problem was they need a little more liquid, so I added little milk."

AmyE007 User ID: 6828226 161612
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2013

"I have made this recipe a couple of times and use all of the ingredients as indicated. Once the potatoes are all mashed and mixed I have been putting them in a greased crockpot. I start warming them on low a few hours before. I find that the potatoes brown on the sides and bottom of the crockpot even though I have the temperature on low. Also, I find that the cream cheese & sour cream is a bit too heavy for the potatoes. I will be searching for another make ahead potato recipe."

Lee550 User ID: 7512375 161611
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2013

"I took the advice of ojc0806 and put the potatoes in my slow cooker/crock pot in the morning to reheat them. My cooker time selections are 4, 6, 8, or 10 hours so since she heated her potatoes for 7 hours with good results I thought I'd try 8 hours since I was heating up more potatoes. (I cooked about 6 1/2 lbs.) My potatoes were fully heated in 2 hours. I pressed the "keep warm" button and by the time the rest of my dinner was ready the potatoes were burning and stuck to the side of the crock. I'll try this recipe again, perhaps in the oven, but if any one decides to use a crock pot or slower cooker my potatoes were heated through in about 2 hours not 7."

mas4144 User ID: 6300876 95168
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"This is a very easy recipe and a good way to save time on the chosen holiday morning. I will fix it again.

The way I made the nutritional facts print on the same page as the recipe is I highlighted the recipe and the nuritional facts and then chose the "selection" button and then chose "apply" and then "print". Everything prints on one page and only the highlighted text."

loopyjane3377 User ID: 4588054 91813
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"I thought this was great! ON my printer I took out the nurtitional facts so I only got one page

Then I wrote the facts on the back."

jsturm6610 User ID: 5171687 175683
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2013

"I have made these potatoes for years and everyone loves them. I add a small fine chopped onion also. Best potatoes ever and you don't have to rush at the end making mashed potatoes. I also freeze some for another meal and they are wonderful!"

rosemaryc User ID: 4710289 158866
Reviewed Nov. 13, 2013

"Ditto on the 2-page comment. You could have fit it all on one page and not wasted the second sheet. It looks like the fiber count is inaccurate too, There can't be 3 grams of fiber after those potatoes are peeled. Looks good enough ti try it."

[email protected] User ID: 822565 210190
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"excellent, but why cant the nutrition info be on page one instead of wasting a whole sheet of paper for a page two?"

[email protected] User ID: 1289836 91769
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2013

"I loved that I could make these ahead! They were great! I used DianaNC's suggestion and did without the egg whites and used my crock pot to heat them."

celestie4 User ID: 5199189 163941
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"It was so nice to be able to prepare this the night before. Very easy and very good... and healthier than other versions."

kat83 User ID: 2934264 210189
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2012

"made these the night before and put them in the crock pot the next day to free up my oven for dinner. kept moist and good!"

Chertals User ID: 1552022 95166
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"This is the best. I make every Thanksgiving and Christmas for Big family dinner."

ojc0806 User ID: 4482783 177347
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2012

"These were the best mashed potatoes ever!!! I made them as written the night before and then the next morning put them in the crock pot on low for 7hrs. So easy!"

Ashaline User ID: 1186991 161608
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2011

"Really really good!"

msircy User ID: 2052072 210188
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2011

"Some how I always manage to mess mashed potatoes up: they are too dry, too lumpy or too something. However, when I made this recipe they were perfect! No more store bought mashed potatoes for me or my family! Thanks for the great, fool proof, recipe!"

mamabear223 User ID: 5434065 103035
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2010

"I was really worried that the potatoes would not hold up to making a day ahead of time, but it is always such a rush to get everything on the table. The potatoes turned out great. I might add some bacon bits and chives next time because the flavor was like a baked potato. But they are great as is."

DianaNC User ID: 32096 161494
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I have made a similar recipe for years, though I have never used egg whites in it ! I've made it up to 5 days ahead, then the morning of the feast, place the potatoes in a crockpot, add a pat of butter to top, and heat on low 5 to 6 hours."

24jesus User ID: 1043458 177343
Reviewed May. 28, 2010

"This tasted delicious but it got so stiff overnight I could take it out of the pan and hold it easily! I added lots of milk yet. Can't figure out what happened!"

goNEPats54 User ID: 4953990 175681
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2010

"I made these for Thanksgiving dinner and they were a hit. I've made them for every holiday meal since."

zurhorst User ID: 764017 158865
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2010

"Really a great way to serve mashed potatoes for a large crowd."

kerryopp User ID: 1015542 180204
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"So delicious. I will definately make these again and again! The only change I would make is to take them out of the fridge even earlier. They baked in the oven for the 50 minutes, but still weren't that warm."

amieboudreau User ID: 4631940 177342
Reviewed Nov. 28, 2009

"This was a huge hit at our family Thanksgiving. Everyone ate it up and were no leftovers!"

wiscook User ID: 1143528 103032
Reviewed Nov. 27, 2009

"yes, loved by all the kids, very tasty, I didn't make them ahead, just the morning of, can sit in oven while rest of meal is prepared."

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