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Creamy Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

With five different dairy products, you know this make-ahead mashed potato casserole is going to be super rich and, of course, delicious. It gets even better topped with onions and bacon! —JoAnn Koerkenmeier, Damiansville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling Bake: 40 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 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 shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3 green onions, chopped


  • Place potatoes in a Dutch oven; add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove to paper towels with a slotted spoon; drain.
  • 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.
  • Preheat oven to 350°. Remove potatoes from refrigerator and let stand while oven heats. Bake, covered, about 30 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until heated through.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • For this recipe, we recommend using fluffy russets, creamy Yukon Golds or a mix of both.
  • Make these holiday recipes ahead, too.
  • Nutrition Facts
    3/4 cup: 419 calories, 24g fat (15g saturated fat), 74mg cholesterol, 544mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 4g fiber), 11g protein.


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    • Ronald
      Mar 23, 2019

      You can also use this recipe to make twice baked potatoes except bake the potatoes scoop out and reuse the skins.

    • jvteach4
      Nov 10, 2018

      Greatest mashed potatoes. Made a double batch for a potluck dinner. Had to disappoint my son when there were none left. Of course I made another batch for him the next night.

    • tralyn28
      Oct 20, 2018

      Best mashed potatoes ever--nothing more to say.

    • tammysmi
      Dec 24, 2017

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    • xlsalbums
      Dec 2, 2017

      I also made this for our Thanksgiving crowd and everybody loved it!!! I'll probably make this for our Christmas crowd as well. I love that I can make it ahead of time and it's ready to go in the oven when I need it. Really, really good!

    • Georgia
      Nov 26, 2017

      I made this for Thanksgiving & it was a big hit!!! I don't have a dutch oven so I boiled the potatoes on the stove top. I also stirred in some of the shredded chedder cheese. Everyone loved it!! I will make this again!!!!

    • tamarapearson
      Nov 23, 2017

      OUTSTANDING! My husband said he never wants to have any other kind of mashed potatoes again. They were a huge hit at Thanksgiving.

    • s51
      Aug 22, 2017

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    • shannondobos
      Jul 18, 2017

      I made these mashed potatoes to be one of many sides at a huge bbq I was throwing last weekend. These were on of the first sides to go! I will definitely make these again. Cheese, bacon and potatoes....there is nothing to dislike here!

    • rena 55
      Apr 5, 2017

      What is not to love in this recipe? Potatoes, bacon, cheese...mmmm good! Great dish to make for a crowd. I made it for a catering job and they were scrapping the pan clean!