Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.


12 servings (3/4 cup each)

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
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.


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


  1. Place potatoes in a large saucepan; add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, uncovered, until tender, 15-20 minutes. Drain.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Add potatoes; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in butter, seasonings and, if desired, chives. Transfer to a greased 2-1/2-qt. microwave-safe dish. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  3. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before heating. Microwave, uncovered, on high 10 minutes, stirring once. Stir in milk. Microwave until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • These mashed potatoes are perfect for your make ahead thanksgiving menu or as a time-saving option for your Christmas buffet.
  • Microwave-1,100 watt
    This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.

    Nutrition Facts

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

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