Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Total TimePrep: 40 min. + chilling Cook: 15 min.
Makes12 servings (3/4 cup each)
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
Editor's NoteThis recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts3/4 cup: 247 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 359mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
Nov 27, 2019
I don't know if my paprika was super fresh but the one teaspoon of paprika basically turned my potatoes pink. They're not fluffy and white as the reviews say so I'm disappointed that I just spent an hour-and-a-half making these. They taste okay but I was expecting more from all the glowing reviews, so if you're making these make sure and cut down the paprika a lot!
Nov 24, 2016
These were the best mashed potatoes. I will be using this recipe as my go to from now on. I made these for thanksgiving and everyone loved them. I have two ovens so I baked them in a 9x13 pan at 350 for one hour. Making the potatoes the evening before definitely made thanksgiving run smoother. I used a 5lb bag of potatoes which had exactly 12 medium potatoes and made the recipe as directed. It was the perfect mixture of ingredients to make creamy yummy mashed potatoes that were not liquidy or dry. I didn't use chives, but I did use cream cheese with chives. Yummy.
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.
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!
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.
Jan 1, 2015
We feel it tastes better on day two and prepare it in advance on purpose.
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.
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!
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!
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!